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“Visit for the History and Atmosphere”
Review of The Red Lion

The Red Lion
Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Avebury
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Pub
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Red Lion is set in the tiny village of Avebury which is three miles in radius and some 2000 years older than Stonehenge! Refurbished Winter 2013 the pub is 400 years old and located at the centre of the stone circle where every six weeks a pagan festival is held. It is in the Top Ten list of most haunted pubs in the country and has been seen on TV as such. The main ghost is that of an old landlady "Florrie" who was killed here by her husband. Ghosts aside, this destination food house is a lovely thatched listed cottage with cobbles and a large mill stone in the car park and low ceilings, beams and traditional wood furniture with a modern twist inside. Food is served from an extensive main menu and specials board, offering a good selection of quality pub fayre with a good range of wines available to complement the experience or a choice of real ales if preferred. The Wadworth brewery is only two miles away! Our clientele are generally tourists and visitors but there is a friendly welcome for anyway wishing to have a drink or dine.
Reviewed June 21, 2013

The Red Lion Pub and Inn in Avebury, Wiltshire, is the only pub in the center of a historic stone circle in the world. The pub is old, comes with five ghosts (whom we didn't meet), has been visited by Royalty (Prince Charles) several times, has a lovely look and feel to it, and serves no better than average pub food. If the food matched the atmosphere and location, this would be a world class pub. As it is the Red Lion is an interesting stop for acceptable pub faire in a World Heritage site. Plan to stop just to say you ate in the center of the stone circle.

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Thank Bob J
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

We were a group of 4; it was the end of the day; the end of our vacation in Europe; we were tired and out of energy. The visit to the stone circle at Avebury was accomplished at the very end of our day and we still had the drive back to London to do. It was just a coincidence that dinner time fell on us while parked at the Red Lion.

We were seated in the bar, corner table by the hearth. Decided on our dinners and drinks; ordered them at the bar and were attended to by a young friendly waiter. It was amazing to be there amidst the standing stones and sheep in a thatched old building finally sitting down and catching our breath with our beers.

The food arrived shortly and looked really good. We were not disappointed. The beef and ale pies with potatoes and veg were delicious and the one of us who ordered the lamb shank said it was the best she'd had in her life. By the way, she was no lamb-novice as she had grown up on the stuff.

The prices were good, especially considering the location; the service was quick and friendly and the surroundings were clean and beautiful. It's not a fine dining restaurant so don't expect more than a good pub experience.

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Thank mpezedo
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

On a cold, blustery day, the Red Lion looked like the perfect retreat for lunch, but the quality of the food and service did not match its atmosphere.

About 15 minutes after I had place our order with the barkeep, fairly decent salads arrived (although I wasn't certain they were included in our order). The first hot food brought to our table took much longer--and it was not our order. We watched as it was taken back to the kitchen and reappeared as it made the rounds from table to table looking for its owner, all to no avail. It didn't even belong to our adjacent table, which had already been brought the wrong order. Finally, our meat pies were delivered--hot and mediocre, not quite up to supermarket standards--and the chips were the sort of blond, moist things that looked like warmed up frozen chips.

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Thank HappyTravelerK-ville
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

Ambiance was great, beer fabulous and food OK (not great).
I used this as my day time base whilst rambling around the henge and Silbury Hill, went away to New Inn at Winterbourne Monkton each evening, I was directed there by the pub owner initially, which I took to be Winterton Mountain, which it of course was not. I said to after three repeats of the question that I had difficulty understanding cause they all spoke funny, to which they all laughed, it was me speaking funny of course.

2  Thank KelvinZulu
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

I am surprised by some of the reviews, we must have been lucky or maybe they change chefs. However, I can only say good things about this place. We visited for an early Saturday lunch, before the pub filled up so the service was quite quick, staff were friendly, the historical setting is quite fitting, overall a very nice village pub. But was was absolutely amazing was the food we had, the lamb shank with minty gravy was just heavenly! Meat incredibly tender falling off the bone, tasty gravy, an excellent pub dish. The cauliflower and cheese tart was also very good.

Thank PragueGirl79
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