I first heard about The Red Lion Pub & Kitchen at the beginning of this year in a newspaper article which contained a very complimentary review of the venue. The place dates back to 1612, and its location is on the edge of the beautiful, ancient and quaint village of Blewbury in South Oxfordshire.
I was staying in the nearby village of Wallingford. There I saw Agatha Christie’s house, which sits on the edge of the village at Cholsey. I also walked the Thames Path in Wallingford and took the opportunity to forage for some wild garlic. After that, a visit to The Red Lion for dinner seemed a fitting way to finish the day.
After a short 15 minute drive, we arrived at The Red Lion, tucked away in a corner on a small lane in Blewbury.
The Red Lion Pub & Kitchen has been sympathetically refurbished and furnished using vintage furniture, country antiques and quirky finds while retaining many of its original features.
The menu offers locally and seasonally sourced ingredients in modern British dishes with French influences.
There’s also an adjacent snug oak-beamed bar with a working fireplace and flagstone floors, offering craft beers, many lagers and ciders and both Old and New World wines. Outside, there is an orchard garden perfect for summer dining and drinking with views overlooking the nearby fields.
They have individually furnished bedrooms, all en-suite upstairs.
Dinner at The Red Lion
The food was outstanding. You can see the care and love that has been put into preparing the dishes. The ingredients were of high quality, seasonal and presented in some rather creative combinations.
The service was fast, friendly and very accommodating.
Carpaccio of Octopus, celeriac and walnut remoulade, Spiced Vodka lime and red pepper salsa
|Potted Duck, Foie gras, Orange and quince chutney|
|Braised Pigs Cheeks cooked in Ale with Creamed Potato and Asparagus|
|Steamed steak, kidney and ox cheek pudding, sticky black garlic and wild mushrooms|
The ultimate pure indulgence – A sharing platter of mini desserts perfect for people, like me, who are indecisive when ordering desserts. Chocolate, raspberry, ice cream, crème brûlée, custard tart – all delightful and satisfying
The Red Lion Pub & Kitchen
Didcot – UK
Tel: 01235 850403
Monday 11:30am – 11pm
Wednesday – Thursday 11:30am – 11pm
Friday – Saturday 11:30am – 12am
Sunday – 12pm – 6pm
Disclosure: I was a guest at The Red Lion. All views are my own