It is always a busy time here at the Red Lion, so please do look through the archives to see what has happened month by month since we acquired the Red Lion.
After the amazing August of 2012 with the sailing Olympics and all the joy and pride the sailing brought to Weymouth…not to mention all those visitors, we could be excused thinking a quieter year was ahead of us in 2013!!
The winter was long and harsh and we really were thinking ‘here we go again’ another summer without any sun!!! But we were proved so wrong. Not since 2006 has it been so lovely and the Red Lion with its 140 seats outside enjoyed many visitors too.
We had said when we planned our events and music outside let’s hope for a warm sunny summer and we managed to get one. Seafood festival was the biggest yet having been cancelled on the Saturday in 2012 because of gales and flooding!!
The good news is that this was the year our landlord Brian bought a boat!! Maybe that’s what has changed the weather………let’s hope so.
Big thanks to all the customers that visited the Red Lion in 2013 and enjoyed our food and drink and we look forward to seeing you all in 2014!!
If you check our events page you will see all the music dates and big events as well as Bank holiday dates for 2014 so here’s to a mild winter and another great summer in 2014!!
See you soon..
Actress Jennifer Ellison and her husband were rescued by lifeboat crews when their boat’s engine failed while they were sea fishing off Anglesey.
The former Brookside star and husband Robbie Tickle were towed ashore by the RNLI in their inflatable at 11.30 BST.
Ms Ellison said on social networking site Twitter: “Just been sea fishing with my hubby!! Needed to be rescued!!! Terrifying! Thanks so much RNLI!”
The 16ft (5m) boat had begun drifting towards Moelfre island when a lifeboat was launched, the RNLI said.
Mr Barclay said: “At the time of the rescue we didn’t realise it was Jennifer on board, but after all the interest it has generated I wanted to thank her for helping to raise awareness of the work of the RNLI charity and for showing her gratitude to the crew.
“They had the misfortune of suffering engine failure whilst out sea fishing but were towed back in without any complications.”
Ms Ellison, of Liverpool, is best known for her roles in Channel 4 soap Brookside and film Phantom of the Opera.
Brian claims he was at work and this is his doppelganger!!
The first signed photograph from the Weymouth Lifeboat Crew was framed and hung from the rum barrel wall in the pub.
Each year a photo will be signed by the crew, framed and hung in the Red Lion to commemorate the ‘Red Lion Life Boat Day’ which is held every November in honour of the brave crew and the pubs attachment to the Weymouth Lifeboat historically!!
It is a tradition to present the money raised over the year by the sales of our very own lifeboat bitter!!
So if you want to help the RNLI buy a pint when you are in and have a look at the many pictures around the pub.
The new Red Lion menu is ready to preview below featuring some new dishes such as Duck Liver Paté with granary toast and cornichons, Baked Camenbert with crusty bread and special ale chutney and a Pint or Half a Pint of Large Juicy Prawns (half pint £6.00 pint £12.00) served with brown bread and spicy cocktail sauce and then there are two new veggie main dishes ……….Blue Vinney Homity Pie with coastal cheddar crust served with dressed salad and chips and our tasty Vegetarian Burger served in our special recipe bun with our famous chutney, homemade coleslaw and chips.
Then by popular request…. Proper ‘Surf and Turf ’ featuring our 10oz 21 day aged Ribeye Steak with breaded wholetail scampi, chips and salad. A new salad too… Fresh Crab and Lemon Dressed Mixed Leaf Salad
On the pudding front the Red Lion Mess has got all ‘summerlike’ with Meringue, fresh whipped cream fresh strawberries and raspberries and we have introduced some ‘liquid puddings’……
- Jamaican Coffee with Goslings Black Seal rum, freshly ground coffee and fresh cream
- Orange Creole Coffee with Orange rum, freshly ground coffee and fresh cream
- Wiese & Krohn Uniquely Chilled Rosé Port (ideal with our cheese board)
- Chocolate Orange Martini made with Orange Rum, Dark Creme de Cacao, fresh cream shaken over ice… a classic!!
There are some new wines too Tierra Alta Merlot, Chile. Perfect with our Steak and Ale Pie, Baroncini 1489 Chianti Riserva, Italy “The Baroncini family have grown grapes at their historic estate in Tuscany since 1489” or Tabali Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile “Deep blackcurrant flavours great with the Ribeye”. On the Fizz front Champagne Gremillet Brut NV, France has been ‘shipped in’ for the summer.
On white wines we introduce Bellefontaine Sauvignon Blanc, France a rich citrus character on the palate is livened up by zesty finish then the wonderful K-Naia, Verdejo, Spain, this wine was chosen as the best white in its class by our customers at our recent tasting!! Finally we now have a Sancerre La Clochette, France “The best Sauvignon Blanc in the house!!”
On the rose wines we introduce two new wines Mirabello Pinot Grigio Rosé, Italy and a popular White Zinfandel Rose, California “a Light ‘Picnic’ wine for the sweeter palate”
We have also introduced a premium cider list as an alternative to wine
PREMIUM ENGLISH CIDERS TO SHARE
Our Premium Ciders are served in an ice bucket with two glasses as a refreshing alternative to wine.
- Aspalls Draught Suffolk Cider 5.5% £4.95
This is a mid-straw coloured cider with a floral and apple aroma and more medium dry in taste (ideal with our Haddock Smokey)
- Aspalls Premier Cru 7.0% £5.95
Straw gold in colour with a clean, light aroma of dessert apples, drier in taste (ideal with our Cheese Board)
- Aspalls Perronelles Blush 5.4% £5.95
This blush cider has a subtle blackberry aroma with a hint of traditional cyder apple and is sweeter on the palate (perfect with our Fresh Seafood Plate)
- Thatchers Katy 7.4% £5.95
Light, medium dry and fragrant with a soft sparkle, (great with our ‘Old Winchester’ Chicken)
- Thatchers Green Goblin 6.0% £4.95
Made with English apples, and matured in oak vats, Green Goblin cider is a full-flavoured, bittersweet blend, beautifully balanced to give a fresh character with a medium dry finish (ideal with the Warm Seafood Plate)
- Westons Wyld Wood Organic 6.5% £4.25
The only Organic Cider we do! Earthy, with a good apple taste, (great with a steak or our burger)
We have been working very hard at the Red Lion to update our rum bible and introduce our Rum ‘quarterly’ which as the name suggests comes out quarterly and highlights our favourite rums and how we believe they should be served. We feature our ‘Top Ten’ rums from our selection that is now over 80 different types!!
New glassware for rums is being introduced and other interesting activities for our loyal rum loving public to enjoy. We are keeping things under wraps
for a week or so while we finish everything.
New food menu, new wine list, new cider list, new rum bible (with extra history notes) and of course our Rum quarterly as well as some rather nice
‘Liquid Puddings’ involving rums…roll on the summer!!!
Watch this page for details…
Happy New Year!!! Well it would appear everyone had a great time here at the Red Lion as the picture suggests!!
On behalf of landlord Brian, Our Deputies Kendra and Phil, Head Chef Brett and the entire team at the Red Lion plus of course Tim and Mary we wish every one of our customers a very happy and prosperous new year. We also wish to thank everyone for supporting the Red Lion through its first festive season since its restoration and indeed supporting us for the whole year!!!
Here’s to 2013!!! Let’s hope it is drier!!!
After a terrific Olympics and a magnificent effort by the entire Red Lion team their reward was our inclusion in the ‘Good Pub Guide 2013’. This is great recognition of one of Weymouth’s favourite pubs and we are truly honoured. We would like to thank all our loyal customers. We also got an acknowledgement for our excellent ales…take note good beer guide!!! So dig out a copy and read all about us. There will be a copy in the pub soon.
After an historic two weeks for Weymouth and Portland and here at the Red Lion too we have so many memories of The 2012 Olympic sailing!! Including seeing four times Olympic Champ Ben Ainslie enjoying himself after becoming the best Olympic sailor of all time and he did it here in Weymouth yippee!!
Andrew Simpson and Iain Percy, silver medallists in the Star men’s class, were joined at the Red Lion by Paul Goodison MBE who missed out on defending his Beijing Gold in the Laser class finishing seventh in Weymouth while suffering with a bad back. Paul has lived in Weymouth for six years.
While the boys enjoyed a much earned beer here at the Red Lion, a young lady sat quietly eating a Red Lion burger building her strength up for the windsurfing RS:X women’s class climax the next day. Spaniard Marina Alabeu had a strong lead but still had to bring it home to win gold but after a Red Lion Burger a gold medal was easy pickings and she triumphed easily.
Nick Dempsey picked up silver in the windsurfing and can be seen waving from the bus as it passed the Red Lion!!
Supporters of Swedish sailors sing national anthem in Hope Square in Weymouth
THE Swedish national anthem echoed around the Red Lion at Hope Square in Weymouth thanks to family members of their sailing team. Supporters of Swedish sailors Anna Kjellberg, Astrid Gabrielson and Sebastian Ostling congregated at the Red Lion pub to make the most of the Olympic atmosphere.
The patriotic group were joined by the sailors themselves who said they intended to make the most of the sunny weather in Weymouth. Jonas and Gerd Kjellberg said they were ‘really proud’ of their daughter Anna.
Mr Kjellberg added: “Anna has been sailing since she was really young and we are just so proud of her. “She is a little disappointed but we love it here in Weymouth. What a fantastic place.”
Sailor Astrid Gabrielson, who raced in the 470 class, said: “I am feeling disappointed following my race but am so happy we have so much support from home here.
“I love it here in Weymouth especially as it is really good weather.”
Spirits were high as the supportive crowd, dressed in Swedish colours and flags, serenaded passers-by with their national anthem.
Olympic achievement by the Red Lion team!!!!
If there were gold medals for hard work serving hundreds…no…thousands of visitors at the sailing Olympics 2012, then look no further than our Red Lion team. As you will see from the picture, the barrels outside ready for collection say it all!!
The team, led by Brian and Kendra, have worked so hard in pretty hot conditions to ensure all the visitors to Weymouth got a great pint of cask ale with some tasty home cooked food from our kitchen team, headed by Steve. The atmosphere in Hope Square was electric and we are so proud the Sailing Olympics were held here. Everyone has given their all, so a big thank you to our team and to everyone who paid us a visit!!!
With just over a week to go until the Paralympics begin all is ready to give teams and supporters a warm welcome again……….Forgive the team if they look a little sleepy!!!
Photos coming in thick and fast!!!
As teams, fans and visitors arrive home after their trip to Weymouth for the sailing Olympics we are now receiving photographs!!! Here below is a lovely picture of the fabulous volunteer team who looked after everyone so well. They are described as the true heroes of the games and rightly so. Well done and congratulations to you all!!
Next up is the Finnish contingent putting up their flags in the pub as they celebrate great performances and a great shot of the Olympians whizzing past on their open top bus with medals glowing in the late afternoon sunshine!!
Team RL are presented with their gold medals!!!
As a reward for their record breaking feats the Red Lion team were in celebratory mood as they were presented with their ‘Gold medals’ to recognise their Olympic Achievements during the 2012 Sailing Olympics.
New records were set during the two weeks for the Red Lion and the team really worked their socks off for the 2012 Olympics and then the Paralympics 2012 also.
They were sent off to Euro-Disney and Paris for two days while owners Tim and Mary held the fort with stoic Chef James and ‘having a baby soon’ Amy!! The team looked a little tired on their return but a good time was had by all.
Big thanks to all the team for working so hard during this record breaking period…you are heroes!!!!
As happens here in the UK the rain always comes at the wrong time!!!
Near typhoon conditions hit Weymouth on the Friday and particularly the Saturday and resulted in the Seafood festival being cancelled on the Saturday altogether!!!Gazebos were blowing in to the harbour and it was impossible to set the stalls up.
A great shame but the fighting spirit meant that everyone came back to have another go on the Sunday…and guess what? We were rewarded with beautiful weather. It was a busy day even with a Scotsman playing in the Wimbledon final!!! The sun shone and the prawn and crayfish cocktails and the mussels were enjoyed from our outside stall.
Thanks to the team who worked really hard on the Saturday to drive a bit of business in horrendous conditions and for putting on a great show on Sunday.
The festival is a great event and we hope next year it is at least dry for the whole weekend…next up the Olympics!!!
Can the Olympics factor transform Weymouth?
It worked for Barcelona, so can it work for the quiet Dorset town? With new attractions and a thriving food scene change is well under way.
by Donald Strachan
Jacqui Gisborne, of the Weymouth and Portland 2012 operations team, is telling me about the moment the Olympic Games were awarded to London. From 29 July, Weymouth and Portland will host the sailing regattas, and Gisborne sees a chance to present this pretty Dorset town in a whole new light.
That new light shines brightest around the harbour. The narrow lanes of the old town, south of the Wey estuary, are a jumble of Victorian, Georgian, and occasional Tudor architecture, with the odd craft gallery, a couple of sleek B&Bs, and plenty of pubs. Multicoloured harbourside buildings lead down to a quaint port. The whole effect is a bit Breton. Crab, scallops, and lobster are landed here by a fleet of about 40 boats.
Food is at the heart of Weymouth’s rediscovered buzz. The Dorset Seafood Festival (dorsetseafood.co.uk) takes over the town on 7–8 July. The Stable on Custom House Quay (01305 789389, thestabledorset.co.uk), opened earlier this year serving “Dorset pizzas” loaded with local produce, plus 57 varieties of scrumpy and perry on usually packed communal benches. On 1 July, it will add an all-day pop-up seafood bar, Salt, inside Brewers Quay, a 1904 warehouse. The Harbour Bridge (19 Trinity Road, 01305 772023, harbourbridge.co.uk) restaurant opened this month and offers a daily fish menu right off the boat.
It’s a warm day and I’m glad of a pint of local Jurassic ale at the Red Lion on Hope Square (theredlionweymouth.co.uk), opposite Brewers Quay. Plans to redevelop this area after the Games include the opening of a boutique hotel. Weymouth could use more upper-end accommodation, so that feels like a timely gamble on a town that has been chronically undersold. One hotelier suggests a long-standing local “lack of ambition”.
The district north of the Wey, across Town Bridge, feels like a different town. And it once was. This used to be Melcombe Regis, until it amalgamated with Weymouth, to the south, in 1571. The resort was popularised by King George III, famous for its sheltered bay, handsome Esplanade and crescent of golden sand. These are in better shape than ever, though the rest has faded from its Victorian prime. There’s a bit of seaside cheese and the odd misguided development, but away from a couple of identikit pedestrian precincts, the low-rise grid of terraced backstreets retains plenty of charm. And there’s that beach. Shelving gently, it is perfect for families.
A statue of George III on the prom has been freshly scrubbed. A clock commemorating Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee, in 1887, likewise. In fact, Gisborne estimates that “around £250m of public and private money” has been invested locally since 2005. The most prominent investment rises above the Pavilion: Merlin Entertainments, owner of Legoland and the London Eye, spent £3.5m building the Weymouth Sea Life Tower, a giant glass donut impaled on a 53m knitting needle. It opens on 22 June (tickets from £6.48 at weymouth-tower.com) with 15-minute rides in a revolving viewing platform offering views along the Jurassic coast, which stretches from Orcombe Point near Exmouth in east Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in east Dorset.
A 20-minute bike ride round the headland and Nothe Fort (now a museum, nothefort.org.uk), ends at the Crab House Café (Portland Road, 01305 788867, crabhousecafe.co.uk). Sustainable local catch rotates twice daily on the shack’s chalkboard menu – flounder in a sticky ginger sauce was spot-on when I last visited. Competition will arrive on 14 July, when Mat Follas, MasterChef winner and owner of the Wild Garlic in Beaminster, opens his family-friendly Chesil Beach Cafe (chesilbeachcafe.co.uk) right across the lagoon.
The isle of Portland dangles from here by a sliver of causeway offering ideal walking terrain. But it has plans to become the south coast’s premier learn-to-sail venue. From 2 September SailLaser (sail-laser.com/weymouth) will offer courses based at Osprey Quay, Portland’s £70m Olympic marina. The isle is still viewed with suspicion by some Weymouth folk. That could be down to the two phantom dogs that reputedly roam the land at night, or perhaps to Portlanders’ odd aversion to bunnies – it’s considered bad luck to speak the word “r-bbit” on Portland.
Above the new marina, Tout Quarry is now a sculpture park. Portland’s famous limestone built St Paul’s Cathedral, and here in the quarry, old boulders have been worked over three decades into 70 sculptures, some by top names such as Antony Gormley. It’s all wildflowers and scruffy charm. I hear chisel on stone: it’s the Portland Sculpture & Quarry Trust (learningstone.org), which runs outdoor sculpting courses every summer. Its new exhibition space at nearby Drill Hall Gallery is hosting an arts festival, Stone Island 2012, part of the Cultural Olympiad by the Sea (maritimemix2012.co.uk, until 9 September).
I climb to the coast path above Chesil Cove. To my left, an 18-mile bank of stones fronts a stretch of water nicknamed Dead Man’s Bay. An intermittent roar, as the treacherous current clatters a million pebbles onto Chesil Beach, is all I can hear. To my right lies the port that will be the centre of the sailing world for a few weeks this summer. If all goes to plan, Weymouth will be in the spotlight for more than just a couple of weeks.
“Barcelona after 1992 is the model,” says Gisborne.
Nobody can accuse Weymouth of lacking ambition any more.