The Red Lion is an interesting contrast, it is an ancient coaching inn with areas dating all the way back to the 13 century with a harsh styled modern Holiday Inn adjacent to it.
There are 18 rooms which look clean and fresh. the accommodation having received extensive and no doubt expensive refurbishment including flat screen television and a multi-function clock come iplayer. The rooms are decorated in shaker style and as such follow a minimalist theme, there are very limited storage provisions except for a peg board coat hanger. This was acceptable for me but could present problems for guests staying for a number of days. The bathrooms modern and fresh but again, no storage it could really benefit from a shelf.
My first stay in December 2012 was not the best experience, often they can be problematic during the busy Christmas period, and so it proved in this case. It was very busy with noisy parties, relatively slow service and rushed cooking. The room I had was a single, I forget what number, and could only be described as a 'broom cupboard' with a single bed up against a wall however, it provided a comfortable quiet nights sleep. Breakfast was slow and limited, with very little on offer for the continental choice and no porridge or green tea, although to be fair there was numerous other green tea options some of which I had never heard of!
Despite this I returned in January for two days, I'm so glad I did, what a different experience. Room 27 was similar to the previous one except a little larger and a double bed up against the wall, the same storage issues remained however. The dining experience was far superior, they had obviously been challenged by the sheer volume of people just prior to Christmas. The wines were excellent as was the cooking, the menu, choice and availability good and the staff were just great and genuine. The breakfast was far better, now with added porridge but still no green tea. the continental options were still limited.
It just shows that you should not judge an establishment over the Christmas period. It is a genuine establishment with good honest food and reasonable value for money to which I will definitely return.
Strongly recommended but watch out for Christmas.
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