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The Red Lion

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63 High Street, Swanage BH19 2LY, England
+44 1929 423533
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We ate here on Saturday evening. Wary of huge helpings which pubs often serve we went straight to a main each - beef madras and steak and kidney pudding with vegetables (my choice). The steak and kidney was very good. The meat was very lean and the gravy tasty if a little glutinous. The suet crust pastry was tasty. The... More 

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Ashtead, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great evening out at their Wednesday curry night. A choice of three curries (in addition to the normal menu). We all had a different type of curry, meat, chicken and vegetable and we were all very pleased with the different flavours and the quality was excellent - the meal also included a drink! Will definitely return!

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited often in past decades but this was the first in 14 years. Loved it. Fine range of beers especially ciders. Had a meal for 3. Top quality, reasonably priced. Staff excellent. Needs a luck of paint but so what?

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Reading, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been here many times as part of the Swanage Blues Festival. Called in Saturday 28th January for a meal and a couple of Ciders whilst working locally. Just got to say the Red Lion never fails in our opinion. Great Grub as always and an outstanding choice of Ciders. Lovely Staff - Our thanks to Jim, Amy and Becky on... More 

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Thank NICK W
Newton Abbot, England, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As always, a friendly welcome and well kept beer. Tasty food with generous helpings. A good choice of beers with regular guest ales. Huge range of ciders.

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Lacock, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a Friday evening and were lucky to get a table having not booked. We took advantage of Friday night Steak night getting 2 ribeye steaks and a bottle of wine for £25 which was great value. The pub was comfortable and well maintained, the food was great and the staff provided excellent service. It deserves a firm... More 

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Reading
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

We popped into The Red Lion on Christmas Eve and it was a nice little pub. Inside is not big, despite a bar and a lounge but that adds to the charm. The staff kindly let us sit for a while in their dining area. Outside space looked far larger and probably well worth a visit on warmer days.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Been to The Red Lion on many occasions both in summer and winter. Generally we have always had a good experience. For the past 5 years we have stayed in Swanage over the New Year Period and have always visited the Pub for an evening meal and on a few occasions on New Years Day itself. Whilst the food and... More 

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Broughton Astley, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

I went in for a quick dinner, it was curry night a curry and a pint for £10, I had a pint of cider, there was a choice of 60 ciders and perrys! Nice atmosphere in the bar and very friendly and informative staff!

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Swanage, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Recently visited the Red Lion having won a voucher for 2 for their Steak Night. On arrival we were greeted very promptly and shown to our table. Our order was taken quickly and after a short wait our steaks arrived with all the trimmings. An 8 ounce rib eye, fries, tomatoes, garlic mushrooms and salad. A generous portion, even for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 63 High Street, Swanage BH19 2LY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Isle of Purbeck  >  Swanage
  • Phone Number: +44 1929 423533

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?