Red Lion: Tasty food in a revamped, maritime theme pub

A review from the Dorset Echo on March 19th 2012 – click here to view on Dorset Echo website.

SUNDAYS are traditionally pub days and far be it from me to disagree, so shunning the allure of cooking and the inevitable washing up, my dinner partner and I decided to venue out in search of nourishment.

The Red Lion in Hope Square has recently been refurbished and we decided to find out what it was like.

The venue, which celebrates its 161st year as a pub this year, has been given a revamp inside with fishermen’s buoys turned into lamps and fishing paraphernalia hanging from the walls.

My particular favourite was the lifeboat crew pictures from the past adorning the walls with pride and the amazing table in the corner which looked like it was made from an old capstan.

We chose a quiet corner in a seat adorned with loads of lovely comfy cushions and settled in for the evening.

The menu states: ‘Local and proud’ and we opted for a starter of pan fried prawns in garlic and chilli to share.

The prawns were huge and juicy. My only criticism would be that with my first bite I must have inhaled a chilli – it was very hot. However my dining companion didn’t have the same problem, so maybe I got a rogue one.

For the main we opted for the 10oz rib eye steak with garlic butter sauce and the Weymouth sausages with mash, onion gravy and red cabbage. The sausages were huge and very tasty and offset nicely by the onion gravy which kept the dish moist without drowning it. I admit I also stole a taste of my friend’s steak and it was delicious.

We decided we were in need of dessert, as even though the food was filling and the portions were generous, we were very hungry.

Also the mixture of desserts and cheese board options proved far too tempting and we opted for the Red Lion mess of meringue, black cherries and whipped cream, which came in a huge glass dish and my friend said was ‘fantastic’. I had the black forest chocolate brownies and ice cream which were really lovely and moist, dark and chocolaty.

The service was good, friendly but not overbearing and the atmosphere was jovial, with a mixture of eaters and drinkers in the pub.

It’s a great spot to while away a few hours in a beautiful, cosy and unpretentious surrounding – the food is top-notch and very well priced.

This is an independent review by a reporter without the co-operation of the establishment.

My Red Lion bill:

Pan fried garlic and chilli prawns with crusty bread: £4.95

10oz rib eye steak with garlic butter sauce, chips and tomato: £11.95

Local Weymouth sausage and mash with onion gravy and red cabbage: £8.95

Red Lion Mess: £3.95

Black Forest chocolate brownies and ice cream: £3.95

Pint of Guinness and rose wine: £6.90

TOTAL: £40.65

THE EVE OF THE RE-OPENING

Thanks to our Red Lion Team!!!

As a thank you to all the team for giving it their best shot this summer here at the Red Lion we took everyone off to the Crab Shack on the way to Portland!!!

We toasted the team who attended for all their support and hard work over the busy summer!!

A great time was had by all as local seafood was served up with a wine or three!! A big thanks to the Crab Shack Team for great service and excellent seafood. Ollie will be remembered for having the courage to order the Lobster!!!

Here’s to the Christmas Party!!! We may have recovered by then!! Click on an image to view the gallery.

 

Rums recognized by the Pub Industry!!

We are proud to announce the Red Lion has had national coverage in the ‘Publicans Morning Advertiser’ for our legendary rum collection. The article below was used as a ‘case study’ for the industry. We are delighted to be recognized in this way and will continue to offer the best rum collection on the south coast!!!

The Good Pub Guide

goodpubThe Good Pub guide have included us in their 2012 edition in the ‘Lucky dip’ section for the first time!!!

We are very proud of our team who have achieved this success, however the most important thing for the Red Lion is to deliver great service consistently year after year and that is our goal. Thank you to our customers for putting us in the book so to speak!!

We will always endeavour to deliver a great experience for everyone visiting the Red Lion in Weymouth!!!

What they said …………..

This small bare-boarded 19th Century pub is one of Weymouth’s finest public houses. Recently undergone a refurbishment, with friendly capable staff it offers wholesome pub food, utilising only the best local produce, a solid wine selection, an excellent choice of five well-kept ales including Butcombe Bitter, Jurassic by the Dorset Brewing Company and Hop Back’s Summer Lightning, your pick of rums and fine whisky, a log fire and famously the wonderful front patio area with seating for up to 150 people. Friday and Saturday nights feature live music, so go along and sample the warm, friendly atmosphere of the Red Lion.