A tame offering at the Red Lion

Brad Barnes dines at The Red Lion, West Deeping
Brad Barnes dines at The Red Lion, West Deeping

The presentation leaves a bit to be desired, but the flavours are there. It might sound a bit “John and Gregg” from MasterChef but it does perfectly sum up our Sunday lunch at the Red Lion in West Deeping.

The charming, stone-built village pub has been a fall back venue over the years, never failing to serve up a top notch roast with all the trimmings, or some fine pub fayre.

Brad Barnes dines at The Red Lion, West Deeping

Brad Barnes dines at The Red Lion, West Deeping

On Sunday, under new management, it was looking a little tired and this was kind of reflected in what was on my plate.

There was beef, chicken and pork on the menu (£10), and between us we tried them all.

My herb stuffed pork loin had a nice flavour about it, but was only just on the safe side of dry. A decent portion though.

The roast potatoes were overdone - some were pretty burnt and very soft, but again, tasted like proper roasties and I cleared the plate.

Brad Barnes dines at The Red Lion, West Deeping

Brad Barnes dines at The Red Lion, West Deeping

The Yorkshire pudding was big and crisp in parts but very bread-like and not as light as I would have liked, but passable.As for the gravy, a bit thin and bland.

The side plate of vegetables was plentiful, and well cooked, with the leaks in whole grain mustard a real winner. I could have eaten that all day.

The same can be said for the other plates - the chicken a little dry and the beef - a thin slice of sirloin - the best of the bunch.

Only the scampi, chips and peas from the children’s menu got the full thumbs up from our four-year-old.

Brad Barnes dines at The Red Lion, West Deeping

Brad Barnes dines at The Red Lion, West Deeping

Desserts (£5) were much more up to expectations - the honeycomb parfait was a real treat, with great flavour and texture, while the sticky toffee pudding did exactly what it said on the tin - super sweet and sticky.

I had some misgivings about the food, but the warm welcome and friendly service helped make the lunch a reasonably enjoyable one all the same.

Brad Barnes has lunch at the Red Lion in King Street, West Deeping

Brad’s rating: 6