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The Red Lion

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$$ - $$$
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2 South Green, Southwold, Suffolk | IP18 6ET, Southwold, England
+44 1502 722385
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Didcot, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Red Lion does excellent value food, the quality is great and the portions very large. Fish, Hickory Chicken and Haloumi are recommend from experience. The service was good from a very friendly staff and the pub had 3 excellent Adnams ales available. A warm and welcoming pub in the winter, it has a good outside area overlooking the green... More 

Thank Simon B
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131 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Family group of 10 (6 adults, 4 children). Comprehensive pub grub menu but don't forget to place your order at the bar, we sat and waited some minutes before realising. Very generous portions of good quality well cooked food and the kids menu was of good quality also rather than the cheap rubbish kids usually get palmed off with so... More 

Thank Steve B
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived to a warm and friendly atmosphere and the man who greeted us was very welcoming and helpful. We ordered cod and chips and a ploughmans. The service was swift and efficient BUT the food was very average. The fish was nice but the chips and peas served with it were over cooked and cheap. How can you get... More 

Thank geeez
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We reserved a table for a Saturday afternoon. On arrival, we were shown to our table but were unaware we had to order at the bar. No one told us this so we were sat there like a couple of lemons waiting for someone to take our order before the waitress came over and asked us if we were ok!... More 

Thank Mysterons1964
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you enjoy good British food and drink, you'll enjoy it here. They offer a good selection of Meat, Fish and Vegetarian dishes all cooked to order. There may be a bit of a wait at their busy times but it's well worth the wait. Highly recommended

Thank Johnthefish
Colchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to the Red Lion so many times as live locally - the staff behind the bar are always friendly, plenty of seats for eating, menu is vast and everything is lovely! Just wish they would provide bottles of sauces not tiny sachets!! You must go!!!

Thank laurasums
Haughley, United Kingdom
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of my favourite places to eat in Southwold. Big portions and fresh delicious food. However regardless of the time of tea and how busy the pub is, staff are always rude and surly, like it's an effort you coming in for lunch. Would be so much nicer without this horrible atmosphere.

Thank Hayzdanger
Norwich, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely lunch with family Roast beef with Yorkshire puddings, Mixed veg, Roast potatoes, gravy Granddaughter selected fish fingerse which were large and battered. The pecan pie for sweet also went down a treat with my wife Highly recommended good price

1 Thank Keith R
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our friends and my husband and I had lunch which was huge. Very reasonable, fresh and hot. Thoughly recommend and will definitely eat there again when we visit Southwold. We first visited it in August but only had a drink and so glad we returned.

1 Thank kate240
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

Fairly cold welcome from the staff, and the personalities of the staff didn't get any better. Two middle aged men and two teenagers. Learn some customer service skills perhaps. Didn't let that bother us. Bought off the lunch menu, 2 course for £11. Great value due to decent enough taste huge portion size. Pudding was clearly shop bought. Shame. Overall... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 South Green, Southwold, Suffolk | IP18 6ET, Southwold, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Suffolk  >  Southwold
  • Phone Number: +44 1502 722385

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?