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“Best Fish and Chips I've Had For Years!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Red Lion Inn

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The Red Lion Inn
Ranked #2 of 23 Hawkshead B&B and Inns
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Cornwall
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“Best Fish and Chips I've Had For Years!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2009

We found The Red Lion during our stay in the Lake District and went there two days in a row for the same lunch - fish and chips (better than any we have had here at home in Cornwall!). The food was excellent and the bar staff were friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend lunch here before or after a long walk - lovely.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2009

My partner and I spend a lot of time in the the village and was looking for somewhere to stay that is dog friendly. The new owners of the Red Lion were very friendly and welcoming. Our room was at the side of the pub with easy access out the fire escape which made life easier with the dog and meant we weren't disturbing other guests. Breakfast was provided for us privately in the bar area as no dogs are aloud in the resturant which was fine. The pub atmosphere is friendly and there was even entertainment on the Saturday night. The pub seems to have become very popular with the locals which I would say is only a good sign. Overall a pleasant stay, rooms could be updated a little but Im sure the new owners will get around to that.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2009

A great place to stay for a couple of nights. The rooms are clean, and have new bed linen and towels, but are a little bit tired. That wouldn't stop us going again. Hopefully, next time the new owners will have made some improvements.
The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, and the breakfasts were terrific.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2009

If you do want to stay in a traditional English pub with bags of character you will struggle to better the Red Lion. The room was delightfully “Olde Inne” with Oak Beams and uneven walls, more importantly clean and tidy with plenty of hot water not matter what time of day. The breakfast!!! Well the Full Lakeland was large enough to see you up Scafell Pike and back TWICE. The options however were equally impressive, freshly cooked and delicious as is all the Bar Food. There is little else to say without getting poetic, Paul and Lynne are the best of hosts and all of the guys working there (Emma, Sara and Louise) did their upmost to make our stay a good one. I would highly recommend the Red Lion to anyone, just don’t mention Cows to Paul!!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2009

Wrote a review on this hotel which has seemed to have disappeared. Forget comments pre-new owners who arrived early 2009. We found this place excellent, good reasonably priced fresh/home cooked food, excellent breakfasts and a friendly staff and locals.
If you want gold plated taps,overpriced food and bland rooms go to a five star hotel and pay through the nose.
About time tripadvisor deleted some way out of date reviews. Prospective residents only take note of the 2009 reviews on this site.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2009

We have mixed feelings about our stay at the red lion inn . The inn is in a great location in the village , and all the staff were great . The room however did not come up to the standard we were expecting , the furniture was tired (very) , the carpet was minging and i had loose wall paper hanging off the ceiling above my head . The very small bathroom had a shower and toilet but no sink , this was located in the corner off the bedroom . The towels were nice and fresh on our first night but were folded up and placed on our bed for the second night still damp . We did not dine there in the evening but had the breakfest which was ok with a good choice

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2009

Friendly welcome upon arrival and were taken through check in promptly and shown to our four poster room.

Room had a newly refurbished shower room which was compact but had a fabulous power shower.

Bed was firm but comfy with nice new linen and a good pile of fluffy towels lay neatly arranged on top. Decor was simple and traditional and in keeping with the age of the property, though I understand there is a program of refurbishment under way.

Our room looked out over the square in Hawkshead and was good for people watching, although if you want peace and quiet it may be wise to ask for a rear room.

Bar had a lovely range of well kept local brewery real ales and a few of the usual too. Good sounding bar menu, we slipped up by not eating there the first night as the food is fabulous!

Bar staff very friendly and the pub had a good mix of locals and holiday makers and was busy the whole time so had a lovely atmosphere.

Breakfast was served in the downstairs dining room by the charming and friendly girl who greeted us on arrival. Good choice of cereal, yogurt and juice followed by full Cumbrian, light choices were available, and proper bread for the toast too! Lovely coffee as well, nothing at all to fault!

Hawkshead is an excellent base for walking and exploring. The Red Lion has a reasonable car park so we decided to leave the car and explore on foot. It is easy to walk to Windemere, Coniston and Hill top (Beatrix Potters house) from the village, there is a frequent bus service too for the not so energetic.

We will definately be back!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Red Lion Inn
Address: Main Street | Hawkshead, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NS, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside > Hawkshead
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Hawkshead
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Red Lion Inn is a Traditional 15th century Lakeland Inn (the oldest pub in Hawkshead), situated in the centre of the beautiful village of Hawkshead in the heart of the English Lake District.Paul, Lynn and Jake Larkin will endevour to provide you with a warm & friendly welcome to The Red Lion, where you will find comfortable & clean accommodation, traditional home cooked food, a wide range of wines & spirits and superbly kept cask ales from around the area.Each of our eight en~suite guest rooms have their own distinct character & charm. All retain many of the original features with sloping ceilings, uneven floors & oak beams. Why not while away the hours in a cheerful, relaxed & informal atmosphere with friends old & new. Be warned, a sense of humour is a must! ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Red Lion Ambleside
Hawkshead Red Lion
The Red Lion Inn Hawkshead, Lake District

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