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“Delicious food here”
Review of The Red Lion

The Red Lion
Ranked #1 of 8 Restaurants in Willingdon
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed February 14, 2024

Been several times and consistently excellent food .
Love eating here as food is really superb - very friendly and helpful waitress last night - 13th Feb

Date of visit: February 2024
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Thank Katey e
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Reviewed January 31, 2024

Another excellent meal at the red lion. Freshly cooked fish and chips and delicious belly of pork, with polite and attentive staff. What more do you need from your local.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Thank steve r
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Reviewed December 12, 2023

We visited on a weeknight in December and ordered off the Christmas menu. The traditional Turkey dinner arrived, it was 1 and a half thin slices of turkey, 1 overdone pig in a blanket, some hard veggies (peas were like bullets), a thin slice of stuffing and 3 soggy watery potatoes. It felt like it was not freshly cooked and it was a very disappointing and tasteless meal. A lot of people look forward to a meal out but we would not recommend this meal. The pudding came with ice cream, it was pure ice like it had been dug out of a tub that had been defrosted several times. In general the food was definitely not up up to the price that was charged. I think these things could be easily rectified by the management.

Date of visit: December 2023
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1  Thank S7689CVjanes
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Reviewed December 8, 2023

Firstly, I must say that I'm both surprised and disappointed to be writing a negative review - we've eaten here many times before and always enjoyed the experience. However, the meal we had here last Monday - our wedding anniversary treat - was way below expectation.

No, being British, we didn't say anything at the time - it was a special day, and neither of us wanted to spoil the experience until afterwards. I must say that the service was as good as always, the atmosphere very pleasant and the eating-out experience generally well up to standard - but, everything was let down by the food. Unfortunately, we ordered the Christmas lunch at £15.25. We soon regretted it.

The potatoes were good, the vegetables VERY al dente, but the meat content consisted of two thin slices of Turkey breast, one pig in blanket and a sliver of stuffing - not even a ball. This, in my opinion, was small even for a child's portion. ( Perhaps I should mention that we owned the Cat's Whiskers restaurant in Eastbourne until 1997, so I know what a reasonable portion should be - I put out hundreds a year personally! And we made a good profit.)

I know that Christmas is a busy and, hopefully, profitable time for the restaurant trade, but the profit margin on this meal was way, way above the acceptable - as far as the customer's concerned, anyway! It's not the way to encourage repeat business.

Date of visit: December 2023
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1  Thank Cats-whiskers-Ludlow
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Reviewed November 7, 2023 via mobile

The Red Lion is our favourite gastro pub in Eastbourne. The landlord and his staff are very friendly and efficient. Nothing is too much trouble.
We were a table of 10 and our food arrived all at the same time and was piping hot. Always beautifully presented and very generous portions. And very tasty.
Their roasts are fantastic value with the meats and veg perfectly cooked. And their liver and bacon is tender and tasty.
We will definitely go back soon.

Date of visit: November 2023
Thank Karen J
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