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.

The British weather is giving us something to smile about this week!!!

You read it here (second) folks, The Telegraph has reported that it will be ‘hotter than Hawaii’ this week! Click here to read the article.

Just after I took in the ‘Summer Drinks board’ and started to plan our winter drinks, low and behold look what happens!!?? I am about to slip into a grass skirt and a coconut bikini for the remainder of the week!!! Girls run for the high ground!!!

Make the most of our Indian summer and join us at the Red Lion this week and bask in the warmth of the rarely-seen English sunshine.

We will make sure there is plenty of ice-cold tonic for your G&T, fruity jugs of Pimms & Rose chilled to perfection.

Hope to see you here soon!

Thank you to everyone for supporting the Red Lion’s 160th Anniversary !!!

I guess in today’s market place we should celebrate a pub lasting 160 years!!! We are proud that we are the current custodians of the Red Lion.

The 160th ‘birthday’ weekend went brilliantly with great live music, barbecues and of course some sunshine.

Below are the photos that show the massive crowds our Red Lion attracted.

Thanks again it was a fitting and memorable celebration.



Paddy Nash and The Happy Enchiladas delivered the goods here at the Red Lion!!!!

Enchilada Paddy delighted the Red Lion by agreeing to play in Weymouth before heading off to play a gig elsewhere in Dorset. Paddy and the Band were enjoyed by a great audience at the Red Lion as they played outside the pub as they are a nine piece outfit, so getting the Band in the pub, for those that know our pub, would have been impossible.

Had the weather been a little kinder then this would have been a massive event. Paddy and the Enchiladas were well received and enjoyed the night and already we hope this can become an annual event!!!

Paddy, one of Derry’s best known singer- songwriters had appeared at Glastonbury this year after being invited to perform by Billy Bragg. Paddy, who with the Band have just released a new three track EP – performed as a solo artist at Glastonbury’s Leftfield stage.

Weymouth’s Seafood Festival is enjoyed at our Red Lion!!!

Weymouth’s annual celebration of Seafood with its superb ‘Seafood Festival’ was enjoyed by locals, visitors and traders alike. Literally hundreds of people swamped the Red Lion to try our superb real ales and of course our seafood.

We had been celebrating all week to be fair and our seafood plates were a raging success as was the fresh barbecued mackerel and the Crab rolls and Prawn and Crayfish baps.

Jugs of Pimms were all the rage as the sun shone (at last!!!) for the two days.

The event itself is well worth attending so put it in the diary for next year as it is sure to be an even bigger event next time round.

Thanks to our entire team who worked so hard to deliver the food and drink to the many loyal fans of the Red Lion and indeed the festival itself.





There is something ‘Fishy’ going on here at the Red Lion!!



The ocean is a source of food, a place for recreation, and its beauty has inspired countless artists. But, it’s under threat – from over-fishing and poor fishing practices.

The Red Lion supports Oceanic conservation groups that celebrate the beauty of the ocean, highlight the issue of over-fishing, help us all understand the threats to the ocean and make positive choices about the right fish to buy and eat.

We support Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (who we saw in London recently. Nice haircut Hugh!!) and his Fish fight campaign!!!!

Who’s the ‘little sausage face’ ??

Well the month of April has been a bumper time for the Red Lion and our sausage sales have hit new heights, you could say they have gone off with a ‘bang (er)!!!

As you will know we get our sausages from ‘Pampered Pigs’ a local farm in Bere Regis. Through the year we sell such great flavours of sausage and I thought we should tell you more about the flavours we do. Every day will be different as we offer three different sausage styles daily with our homemade creamy mash, red cabbage and our tasty onion gravy!! The flavours of sausage we bring in are the…………


So if you are thinking ‘sausage’ look no further than the Red Lion. We can spot a ‘Sausage face’ anywhere!!

We are famous for other homecooked dishes too so click on our ‘FOOD’ to see what else is on offer and look out for Beer and Bangers week in June 2011.

Celebrate 160 years of Weymouth’s favourite pub!!!!!

In recognition of the Red Lion’s 160th birthday in 2011 we have planned a series of ‘celebratory’ weeks and weekends throughout the summer months for our loyal customers to enjoy!!

The Red Lion in Weymouth is an ‘institution’ …………a ‘little gem’ of a pub and what could be better than dedicating ‘fun’ weeks to food and drink that has made the Red Lion so famous.

We start the ‘birthday’ celebrations rolling in May with our ‘Pie and Ale week’.

Then in June we have our very own ‘Folk Festival’ weekend on 3rd, 4th and 5th of June.

Also in June we really celebrate one of the Red Lions local food links with our ‘Beer and Bangers’ week. A great selection of sausages will be cooked that are supplied by our local sausage maker ‘Pampered Pigs’ of Bere Regis.

We then recognise the vital part Seafood plays in our menu and in Weymouth too with our Seafood Festival week culminating in Weymouth’s own Seafood festival Weekend!! This will be a week in which we encourage the sharing of seafood together with six seafood sharing opportunities!!

For the first time in August in honour of our fame for sausages and seafood we are celebrating with our special ‘Seafood, Sausages and Song’ weekend with barbecues and live music through the weekend of Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August 2011.

We sign off our Summer Birthday celebrations in September with our ‘South Coast Food and Ale Week’ in recognition of the two things that have been  most important to the survival of the Red Lion over 160 years!!!

During Autumn and winter we will be having celebrations as our 160th birthday year draws to a close and on New Year’s Eve we will raise a glass to the next 160 years!!!

Famous sketch from the bar…..

At the Red Lion we are running a competition to find the funniest bar sketch from yester-year!!  Here is the link to a sketch featuring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry sent in by one of our customers….hilarious!! There is a meal for two on us to the value of £50  for the best bar sketch sent in to our website  over the next three months. I will screen the sketch and then it will be put on the news page. Then at the end of March 2011 we will choose the winner. If only we did this many bar snacks!!!! To view some other entrants click on our bar sketches page.