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“A lovely restaurant”
Review of The Red Lion - CLOSED

The Red Lion
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
leicestershire
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70 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“A lovely restaurant”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

This contemporary restaurant is at the top of the hill just off the old A6 in Rothley. It has a spacious car park with easy access to the dinning area. The entrance is up a slight ramp with easy to open doors at the top. The staff are lovely, attentive without being pushy and intrusive. The food is well cooked, with a carvery and an extensive menu. What the kitchen staff do not know about cooking their menu could be written on a postage stamp. The atmosphere is calm making it a lovely dinning experience. The price is good and the portions of non carvery food great.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank leicestereve
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English first
Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Going further downhill”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

Appalling food and even more appalling is the service here...used to be. An excellent carvers once upon a time and my family used to go there regularly for Sunday lunches but lately the quality of food has gone so downhill...the meat at the carvery is dry and devoid of any flavour...the vegetables are left scorching on the heaters and are burnt at the bottom most of the times....the look of the vegetables is worse than hospital food...absolutely devoid of any appeal....service is nothing great either...don't think the management or the staff really care whether people go back or to as at the end of the day they still get paid whether a business suffers or prospers...won't be going there for a long time unless the quality and service levels improve!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank menka72
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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“IF MY GRAN HAD SERVED UP A SUNDAY LUNCH LIKE THIS WE WOULD HAVE STARVED!!!!!”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

Visited Sunday 21st April 2013 - absolutely appalled at the level of what they describe as a carvery. From the minute we were seated, an overbearing member of staff with her nose in the air approached us and asked in a rather haughty tone if anyone had 'explained' to us how the carvery worked. Well, it's not exactly rocket science now is it? If she had asked whether we knew how to stand in line (don't mind this bit at all....) to be asked if we would like a cannonball (presumably this used to be known as a stuffing ball but bore absolutely no resemblance), a soggy, not quite cooked yorkshire pudding and what meat we wanted, without any eye contact with the boy serving the meat at all, then we would have course have taken her advice! I can understand that if you choose to have a selection of the meats on offer rather than just one, the stingy portion of overcooked, tastless, dry meat would be fine, but this I'm afraid was not the case. Even the way the meat was carved was like the young lad had been given two planks to cut with, definitely not up on his knife skills! As for the vegetables, roast (? Ha!) potatoes like bullets, so overcooked they actually had no middle, overcooked and tasteless broccoli that descenced into mush, carrots that hadn't really been introduced to boiling water and frozen parsnips of possibly the lowest quality they could find!. Never mind I thought, I can always disguise some of this 'traditional pub fayre' with a bit of good strong horseradish - and there we have the next disappointment - why water it down so that is runs around the plate like it's training for a marathon? Overall, the most disappointing meal I've had anywhere; I find it hard to believe that they can charge the price they do for this dreadful food, but maybe you're supposed to go when it's cheaper (£4.95?) and the fact that you are not being robbed of hard earned cash makes it taste better - but I doubt it. The only saving grace was the short walk to the car to get out of there, thank goodness we parked close to the door - I may have lost the will to live if I'd had to walk to the other end of the car park. Needless to say, we shall not be returning as a family EVER to eat in this establishment though, if this is the strength of what they can do to food, I'm not so sure it will last very long as a place to go for eating. The place and it's staff need a complete overhaul and not be discussing other diners when they think they cannot be heard. Don't waste your time or money going here for a meal - it's shockingly bad!

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank Sue E
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leics
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237 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Amazing Carvery!”
Reviewed April 22, 2013 via mobile

Visited today for a lunchtime carvery. Greeted at the door, shown to seats and everything explained as it was a first time visit to eat. Been many times before so this was a food try out.

Now, despite other reviews i must say that i was impressed. Cheery staff. Very professional.

Food service and quality were also very very good. Opted for the carvery although there is a standard menu. Choice of roasts, beef turkey gammon with all the trimmings. Opted for beef and turkey. Served on a hot plate, chef warned me. Then help yourself veggies gravy and sauces. All the vegetables were fresh and the gravy thick enough. Fresh carrots cabbage swede roasts.

Absolutely nothing to grumble about! Amazing value £4.95. You can 'go large' for an extra £1.50, extra yorkshire, sausage and more meat.

Go mid week or in the day time. I suspect the place is rammed on a sunday!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank MITCHPL
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“Best carvery”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

Easter Sunday...The carvery meat was fresh even though we visited at 7pm, the mash was lovely and creamy, as too was the brocoli. The stuffing and carrots were a bit crisp and the potato's over done. But the carvey overall was much tastier than Toby Carvery which always tastes to bland and over boiled veg.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank anita p
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