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The Red Lion
Ranked #8 of 17 Boston B&B and Inns
Reviewed 9 August 2015

My wife and I visited The Red Lion after passing many times and thought it's time to give it a spin, it's a lovely old building and from the road looks the quintessential English country pub, but once inside it looks a bit.. well grubby and dark, ran by what it seemed teenagers, when we ordered we got dumped with our cutlery and salt & pepper etc etc in a bucket and a mushroom table number marker as well as our coffees.. ( table service.. no... ok )
once we got to our seats outside we noticed how dirty everything was in said bucket, nearly empty salt & pepper, god knows what in the bottom of the bucket, grime on the pots.. not a good start at all for very simple things, the food took a while to come, they do have a sign saying ' we don't do fast food, we do great food as fast as we can ' come on is that not just saying hey we're a bit lazy but oh well, once the food had come it was in all fairness great, my wife had a panini and I had the Cajun chicken baguette and yeah good stuff decent size potions and fresh, just all let down by bad service, sort it out guys there not big things just annoying simple things.

Room Tip: I'd ask for a rear room as for traffic noise if I was to stay!!
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  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2015

My husband & myself have driven past The Red Lion on a few occasions, and always commented on how stunning it looks and how we would try it soon, well unfortunately we left feeling slightly disappointed... Don't get me wrong the food was lovely, I had a Brie, Bacon & cranberry panini and my husband a Cajun chicken Baguette, both were delicious, a very good size and full of filling.... No it wasn't the food that was wrong, but the service and cleanliness... The service was nearly non existent, we ordered our food from the bar but were going to sit outside, we both had coffees to carry ourselves, along with a wooden mushroom table marker, then an ice bucket filled with our cutlery , salt, pepper and other stuff !!!, balancing all these whilst trying not to spill my coffee was quite a feat !!! we got to our table and emptied our ice bucket of things to find they were filthy, the ice bucket was filthy, the salt and pepper pot were filthy, had all sorts splashed on them along with a bit of egg from somebodies breakfast, I did point this out to a waiter who promptly cleaned them... but left rather unimpressed with the service, a bit of table service would have been nice as it wasn't busy, and it would have saved me a juggling act.... Shame really because the food was good, but more attention to detail would make the whole experience considerably better

  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 July 2015

Just had a 2 night stay whilst attending event in Woodhall Spa. Quite isolated right by main road but we had as good a sleep as we have ever had at any hotel/ pub/ b&b. Very comfortable bed and pillws, not too hot as is often the case.
Food is ok, not special and portions are incredibly generous, both at breakfast and in evening. Friendly, helpful service.
Building is impressive on outside, fairly tired inside and grounds neglected.
Had no joy with the wi fi.

  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 June 2015

My husband & I stayed here for one night, before going to nearby RAF East Kirkby for the ‘Lancaster Experience’. Our room was upstairs at the back of the pub and was large and comfortable, although the bathroom was clean it needed a little TLC.
The pub had lots of character and in the evening, we both had Lincolnshire sausages & mash and a few pints in the bar and enjoyed it. That evening, the bar staff weren’t over friendly, but the next morning at breakfast, the landlady was lovely. Two women also eating breakfast were really rude to her and she took it without batting an eyelid. There was a decent choice for breakfast ~ we opted for the half portion full cooked, which even though it was ‘half’, was still huge and very tasty.

  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 June 2015

After a long drive from the South of England our watering hole was a sight for sore eyes! Good beer, good food, great landlord and landlady Steve and Kerry. As we drove in the car park Steve greeted us with our room keys almost before we got out of the car! As independent business people ourselves we know the special touch and going the extra mile is why you return. The room was as usual top notch with biscuits, water, tissues, comfortable bed, lovely shower etc which some top hotels lack. The only one thing which we thought could be better are bigger towels but that doesn't put us off coming here time and time again!

Room Tip: All good rooms
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  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 May 2015 via mobile

We called in for lunch on the way back from boston. Have heard many things about this pub over the years and i feel it is missing an opportunity. the staff were completely uninterested, far too busy standing around talking amongst themselves. The place had no atmosphere, totally impersonal, tables cramped together... the menu was uninspiring. I opted for the homemade steak and ale pie, the meat was lovely, melt in the mouth, but a tiny slice of short crust pastry laid on the top and the frozen chips - totally let it down. And sauces in sachets on the table? That takes two minutes to fetch. It is expensive for 'pub grub' certainly nothing special. Its a shame because the pub could be great!!

Stayed: May 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 April 2015 via mobile

Motto of this pub must be ... Customer is never right!!
We went for a meal to the red lion on way home from a lovely day out together... What a disappointment ordered drinks from the uninterested barmaid who was more interested in the 3 local men at the bar! The beer was undrinkable when returning to the bar to say it was acidic tasting the barmaid responded 'that's how it is'
Then went through to restaurant 6.00pm ish non existent service in there! Meal arrived I asked for a drink and the young waitress/server said she was unable to get me a drink no explanation and was rude in her response! At this time we were the only people in restaurant... No one asked us if the meal was ok, nobody was interested and didn't come near us. We went to the bar to pay the bill this whole experience was unacceptable can't believe this place stays in business!

Stayed: April 2015, travelled with friends
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Address: Main Road | Revesby, Boston PE22 7NU, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Lincolnshire > Boston
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #8 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Boston
Price Range: $105 - $151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Red Lion 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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