Warm and welcoming at the Red Lion

At the end of a cold, wet, dark and miserable December day, what could be better.....?

Wednesday, 18th December 2019, 3:00 pm
Brad Barnes dines at the Redc Lion, West Deeping.
Brad Barnes dines at the Redc Lion, West Deeping.

You walk into a pub; it’s warm, welcoming, there’s a hubbub from people already eating and drinking and you are greeted by a friendly face at the bar.

The pub in question was the Red Lion at West Deeping, and it also had a menu loaded with warming, hearty dishes just right for such an evening.

The friendly face was the landlady who took our drink orders (there was a decent selection of beers on offer by the way), grabbed a couple of menus and showed us - I was dining with a pal - to our table.

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Brad Barnes dines at the Red Lion in West Deeping

There’s a real country pub feel to the place - not entirely unexpected - and we sat near a fire, not real but giving off a welcoming heat and a glow as we made ourselves comfortable at the table.

There were some appealing starters - baked camembert, Thai fishcakes, Stilton mushrooms to pair with main course dishes such as fish and chips, pies, sausage and mash, pub curry, lasagne.

Going straight for a main course, another of those “pub classics” on offer was my choice, lamb shank (£13).

The meat was soft and tasty, falling from the bone into a wonderfully thick minty gravy, and all served on a bed of smooth, creamy mash, with a healthy side serving of vegetables - tenderstem broccoli, carrots and cabbage.

Brad Barnes dines at the Red Lion in West Deeping

Just the job.

Equally as satisfying across the table was a bowl of beef stew (£10).

Again, a rich sauce, loaded with soft, tender and juicy chunks of meat and a generous serving of mashed potatoes.

Very satisfying.

Brad Barnes dines at the Red Lion in West Deeping

To round things off, another classic from the dessert menu - a nice slab of sticky toffee pudding (£5.95).

It was warm with a smothering of sweet, sticky caramel and a lovely helping of vanilla ice cream.

Delicious. Well worth braving the cold for.

Brad Barnes dines at the Red Lion in King Street, West Deeping (www.redlionwestdeeping.co.uk)

Brad Barnes dines at the Redc Lion, West Deeping.