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“Service so slow it ground to a complete halt”
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Red Lion Inn
Ranked #4 of 11 Alnmouth B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
North East Coast
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296 reviews
78 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
“Service so slow it ground to a complete halt”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

We went with our grown up "children" for what we had hoped would be a fairly quick mid week pub lunch as our daughter has moved into a house in a nearby village and we were settling her in. Sensibly, the lunch menu was limited to a few old favorites(fish and chips/pie and chips/liver and bacon/a vegetarian pasta option/burger and chips: sticky toffee pud etc) which were reasonably sized, tasty and hot, mains and puddings with extra onion rings, if a little pricey for pub food. There were also some good ales at the bar and a welcome open fire.

However, the service was appallingly slow -the waitress was pleasant but totally out of her depth in terms of trying to staff both bar and food order/service/clearing away. Dogs are allowed in the area where food is eaten but unless they sit quietly well under the table of their owners (which is a bit much to expect for several hours)they are a niusance if you don't like dogs or don't approve of dogs around food(which we don't) and space is limited(which it is). There are some interesting photos of Alnmouth when it was a proper village on the walls.

There is a car park but you have to be pretty up to the mark to spot it and parking in Alnmouth, which is not really an unspoiled fishing village these days, more a place where fishing cottages have been converted into holiday lets and therefore the cars are overwhelming the cobbled streets, is difficult.

I'd recommend the place to holidaymakers who want a leisurely lunch to occupy the better part of a wet day.

Room Tip: Did not sleep there, just went for a pub lunch
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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newcastyle
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Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

We have visited The Red Lion several times in the past but this was the first Sunday lunch we have tried..
There is always a warm welcome and although seating is limited we have always been lucky. We settled into a window seat snug and warm. After studying the menu we decided on northumberland beef with all the trimmings .. It was delivered to our table piping hot and was just beautifully cooked .. Topped off with their own cheesecake presented in a plant pot , a real treat to eat .. No grumbles from us at all .. The perfect venue for a cold rainy sunday..we will be going back soon to do it all again

Stayed October 2013
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Glasgow
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

We have just come back from our fifth weekend in Alnmouth. Although we never got a chance to eat this time, I have had eaten before at the Red Lion and the food is superb especially the desserts which are sublime. We popped in on Saturday and there was a band on, We Steal Flyers, they were excellent and we ended up buying their cds, however what really made it special was how friendly everyone in the pub was, bar staff, customers and the land lord. A fantastic pub!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Atherstone, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

This is a lovely old pub and full of character which I visit annually whilst on vacation.
There is a great bar which is dog-friendly and you can dine there as well as in the restaurant.
The pub also has a lovely garden with raised decking overlooking the estuary.
My perception is that the food, although generally good, does not warrant the current prices and although the great selection of ales from microbreweries are always in tip-top condition, £3.60 a pint is pushing it by any standards.
My other grouse is that in such a cosy bar, once the carpets were removed a few years ago to expose the wooden floor, there has been nothing to deaden the noise making conversation difficult when the pub is busy.

Room Tip: Did not stay overnight.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Skelton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

We have been visiting this area for a while now and, when here, walk our dogs on Alnmouth Beach every day. We hd tried the other two pubs in the village which are very average and we rather shortsightedly assumed the Red Lion would be the same. How wrong we were. Last week we simply decided to pop in for a drink. We sat in the beer garden over looking the Aln river which, it has to be said, is quite a trek from the bar. The beer was superb, locally brewed and in tiptop condition. We therefore decided to have lunch there last Saturday. The menu had a choice of just 4 main courses of which I chose the Steak & Ale Pie and my partner the Lambs Liver. Both were superb, the pie crammed full of chunks of lean and tender beef ( unlike most pubs where you get a few scraps of gristle floating in a sea of greasy gravy with a cardboard lid), and the liver was cooked to perfection. As for the chips - real potato and fresh! We were so impressed we went back for Sunday lunch. Again, magnificent with superb quality meat and veg. The beers were all top notch and mainly local. The Red Lion is a pub which clearly has pride in it's food and drink, something very sadly lacking in this day and age, and particularly reassuring given that it's prime location would probably allow them to fob the customer off with any old industrially prepared food. The young bar and waiting staff were friendly and helpful without being overbearing. Overall, a wonderful pub experience which we will be repeating on our increasingly frequent visits to Alnmouth. N.B. the review page is insisting I rate the bedrooms which I cannot do as we were not staying ther. I have put 3 stars but this is irrelevant!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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England
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Two of us were on the C&C cycle trip from Newcastle to Edinburgh and stayed in this delightful seaside town. The Red Lion was recommended for its food and, apart from getting the order wrong, the food was actually superb. The real ales were well kept and the pub atmosphere was welcoming, even though they were very busy. I stayed in Room 6 which was amazingly quiet, my friend in Room 1 which was less so. If I have a quibble it is that, having booked that same day, we were both going to be charged the full double room rate until we complained and the rate was then reduced to single occupancy, but only by £15 each. Oversight or deliberate ? It was expensive in any event.

Room Tip: Room 6 was excellent as so quiet and spacious.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Stayed over for a night recently and treated the wife's parents to bed, breakfast and dinner. We had rooms 5 and 6 which were well appointed and very clean. Staff were friendly and attentive despite how busy both the bar area and restaurant were. The beer garden is a real plus point. Food was very good. We are already planning our next visit.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Red Lion Inn
Address: 22 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, Alnwick NE66 2RJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Northumberland > Alnwick > Alnmouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Alnmouth
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Red Lion Hotel Alnmouth
Alnmouth Red Lion
Red Lion Alnmouth
Red Lion Inn Alnmouth, Northumberland

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