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The Red Lion

$$ - $$$, British,
63 High Street, Swanage BH19 2LY, England
+44 1929 423533
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good42%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
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“steak” (31 reviews)
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Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
63 High Street, Swanage BH19 2LY, England
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1 - 10 of 396 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ham egg and chips, pint of beer. Say by the bar. Beer fine, ham egg and chips? Basic but fair enough at modest price. Got a bit tiresome listening to bar maid gas none stop to three-four girlfriends in the bar. Then got very tiresome...More

Thank Tony B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have previously eaten here and it was fine, but I only wanted a beer this time. The beers are well kept.

Thank Alan M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My friends and I popped here late on a Sunday evening. Astounded by the ciders available and we were told the winter menu is half the size of summer. The landlord was fantastic allowing us to sample a couple of local favorites. Only wish we...More

Thank Karin L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Popped down to Swanage for a few nights and found ourselves in here. Two indoor sections - a restaurant and a bar, with a beer yard and garden at the back. We hit the bar. First impression was that it had seen better decades -...More

Thank Stagger
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We called in here one evening for a few drinks. The pub is welcoming and the staff are friendly and helpful. There are a few real ales on and a good selection of other drinks available. There is outside area. A pool table is also...More

Thank carlalexander
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great service, good pub grub and cider heaven. Great atmosphere and is always a good mix of people (families, couples, groups ect) and everyone is always very pleasant. Would 100% recommend, especially for any cider lovers.

Thank Adam D
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

Some reviewers have criticized the decor here. I think they perhaps have not been drinking in pubs for more than 20 years! This is what a pub looked like and felt like back in the day! Brilliant and the beer wasn’t half bad too. Stay...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

A group of us walked into Swanage to have lunch here. The roast pork was very nice indeed and my friends also commented that the food they had was lovely. The meals had by us varied from Roasts, Lasagne, Fish pie to jacket potatoes. Everyone...More

Thank Tollee
Reviewed 14 October 2017

Having only ever drank here before on visits to Swanage, we booked for lunch with two mates. Our food was lovely, we all enjoyed our orders very much. I noticed from the menu that there is a good selection of vegetarian meals, as well as...More

Thank Tina W
Reviewed 14 October 2017

We visited this pub last night for a meal. We were certainly not disappointed with our choice of food at all. The lamb shank was just melt in the mouth and the lasagne that my husband had was fantastic. Excellent value for money and the...More

Thank Claire1970b
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Questions & Answers
14 September 2016|
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Response from wayne47 | Reviewed this property |
£25 I think and yes it is for 2 people each getting an 8oz rib eye chips peas onion rings breaded mushrooms grilled tomato and salad +1 bottle of wine
23 August 2016|
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Response from bobthebuilder1974 | Reviewed this property |
from around £6 to £19.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
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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