I read the recent reviews before going with some trepidation to the Red Lion to meet some friends for a working dinner. I had never been before, and was immediately struck by how busy it was. The car park and restaurant were both full, slightly unusual on a Thursday night. My first thought was: surely this place can't be as bad as the reviews! There were eight of us. I found the service friendly and reasonably efficient: we had mains and deserts and waited about 15 minutes for our mains, which all came together. I had haddock fishcakes, which were quite good. Everyone said their food was enjoyable. Someone had the steak and kidney pudding, which looked very good and she said it was. Plates were cleared away efficiently. As for the staff having "attitude" I thought our waitress was efficient and unobtrusive. Puddings came about ten minutes after mains were cleared. My Trikkie Dikkie pudding was great. All in all, I was pleasantly surprised after the reviews I'd read. It wasn't exceptional or outstanding, but on my experience I'd go again. I thought prices were reasonable.
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