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Reviewed September 15, 2018

Room overlooking the sea, nicely done old sails room the food in the evening was also nice, with a wide range of fish and crustacean after all, you're looking at the sea while eating. As for people moaning about not enough meat choice for where you are, it's a bit like vegetarians having a strop in a Steakhouse because there isn't enough choices...Yes I've witnessed it.. breakfast hours could do by being extended a bit as 1hr window makes it very rushed for the staff when everyone comes down at once.

  • Stayed: September 2018, travelled as a couple
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sally s, Manager at Red Lion Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a nice review, we do try to offer as much local seafood as possible, I am pleased that you appreciated it.

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Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

Stayed in one of the Sail Loft rooms, newly furnished and great sea views. Enjoyed a relaxing dinner and good cooked breakfast with lovely harbour views. Could not fault these, but the Clovelly Estate management need to train the staff, and manage expectations when paying £160 for a room.

In the room it suggests requesting an earlier breakfast if required before 8:30am, which we preferred as walking the coastal footpath. This was not an option when requested during dinner, and the following morning the single poor waitress was swamped, given most guests arrive at 8:30. Many previous reviews have complained of the slow service, and reception asked those staff clocking in just after 9 to assist the 'frazzled' waitress!

Housekeeping knocking on the door when we're checking out that morning is rather frustrating, along with a poorly designed room where wardrobe doors obstruct access to the bed.

Ultimately, the management need to train staff and adapt to modern expectations. When paying this sort of money please be more flexible. If only you had some competition in Clovelly then you would have to improve to survive!

Stayed: September 2018, travelled as a couple
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sally s, Manager at Red Lion Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thankyou for taking the time to leave feedback, I am pleased that in general you enjoyed your stay with us. We do offer an early breakfast but it has to be preordered the day before, I am sorry that you 'were'nt offered this option, I will look into this.

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Reviewed September 11, 2018 via mobile

We stayed at they Red Lion Hotel for two night after travelling the Cotswolds. This is a whole new experience just love the location and the Hotel is right on the beach, our room looked over the water and it was just so peaceful with the window open listening to the sea at night.
We were welcomed very warmly by Sally who was extremely helpful and went out of her way for us. Our room was very clean and well appointed however the bathroom was a little small but the shower was nice and hot with good pressure. We decided to dine in the restaurant both nights and weren’t disappointed the food is as good as any that you would get in a five star hotel. We very impressed with the standard in a small country pub. Breakfast is served in the restaurant and there is and excellent selection you would not be disappointed. Clovelly is such a lovely place and the locals are so friendly is was an experience that we will never forget. Just loved it.

Stayed: September 2018, travelled as a couple
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sally s, General Manager at Red Lion Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review, Hopefully you will return!

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Reviewed August 30, 2018

While staying in England we decided to venture over to the Devon coast and visit the historic seaside town of Clovelly. We booked ahead at a small hotel which appeared to be right on the beach.
Having found the visitors centre at the top of the cliff above what seemed to be the town we wandered around to see where we would be staying. After a quick phone call we were directed to a resident only road which wound down a steep road right to the sea shore where our hotel awaited. It all seemed rather impossible that we had managed to find such a beautiful place and actually find rooms available.
After parking the car on the sea front we wheeled our bags to reception to be greeted warmly, keys provided and info re dinners and breakfast which was included in the very reasonable room rate. Now one room was fine while our room had obviously not be serviced. Not a problem at all, we were immediately given a key to an outside access room with a cute view out onto the pebble beach and small Harbour. Snug warm and well appointed. Everyone was happy.
We decided to opt for the casual dinner in the bar downstairs in the hotel. The food was a simple tasty affair accompanied by a few good drinks. While we were eating a crew from a local rowing long boat came in for what appeared to be standard drinks after their weekly outings. A very friendly atmosphere and welcoming of strangers such as ourselves. Bed was wonderful drifting off to the sound of lapping waves.
The next morning breakfast was served in the upper restaurant in fine style. Excellent food and friendly serving staff could not do enough for us. After a quick pack up we decided to walk up the hill through the historic village before returning to the car for our journey back to Eastleigh. The village entry is included in the hotel rate which is another bonus to consider when staying at the Red Lion.
The walk up into the village is steep but peppered with so many interesting eateries and little shops you barely notice the climb. Flower boxes adorn the quaint little buildings and barrels of more colour decorate tiny door areas. Residents smile and greet you all the way along the cobbled walkway. Small museums and a church are available to wander through too. Towards the visitors centre at the top you find donkeys which are used to ferry goods and smaller people up and down the steep walk way. Did not ask re the prices. Little sleds are used to pull produce up and down behind either small vehicles, donkeys or people a bit fitter than us I suspect. There is also an assortment of shops etc and another bonus was the film theatre showing a history of the village which dates back hundreds of years.
The whole experience was a gem. Make the effort to visit and do stay at the hotel as it gives you an idea of the special nature of this coastal place.

Room Tip: The wee outside access room would be our pick but not for the infirm as the steps are a bit steep.
Stayed: July 2018, travelled with friends
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sally s, Manager at Red Lion Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review of both the hotel and the village. I will pass your comments on to the rest of the team!

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Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

Visited today with family and dog. My wife and I had the cod and chips (£10.50), we were both very satisfied with the quality and portion size. The fish was nicely battered and tasted fresh. My daughters had the kids cod and sausages and chips (£5.50) both seemed nice too and there were no left overs! Four mains and four drinks £42.60. Nice atmosphere and staff were friendly and helpful. Dog on lead was also welcomed inside. Would definitely recommend. Fuelled our journey back up to the Clovelly visitor centre.

Stayed: August 2018, travelled with family
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sally s, Manager at Red Lion Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2018

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review we are pleased that you enjoyed your meals with us.

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