We hereby declare that we’re making The Red Lion in the Jewellery Quarter our new local. With its old-school look, unpretentious drinks line-up, and handful of screens to catch the latest sporting action, it ticks all the right boxes when we need a proper pub to rest our laurels in. It’s also got a slick courtyard out the back to catch the rays on the sunnier days, so they’ve mastered creating a space to hang out regardless of the weather.
To drink, we’ll take pretty much anything this bar has to offer; from its beers to spirits, there’s a great selection to choose from and you’re guaranteed to spot something that’ll quench that relentless thirst. If ale and craft beers are your kind of poison, then you’re in luck - The Red Lion packs a bunch of exceptional beers on cask and keg from the likes of Front Row Brewing, Weetwood Ales, Oakham, and Laine Brew Co.
You can grab a bite to eat here too, and we’re not just talking about a handful of peanuts or soggy pork scratchings. The Red Lion pride themselves on turning out some exceptional grub, with a mix of classic pub dishes and world-foods for contemporary tastes. We recommend getting your mitts on the crispy buttermilk fried chicken burger if you’re feeling particularly hungry, but there’s also a choice of smaller sharers (the BBQ bourbon wings are cracking) if you just need a snack to accompany the football.
Believe it or not, they also serve breakfast daily. The full-English is an absolute winner, but you can also get your hands on some soul warming pancakes, served American-style with a generous glug of maple syrup and a few rashers of bacon.
The Red Lion are also widely renowned for their quality Sunday roasts and have been featured as regional runners-up in the Observer Food Awards (2013 – 2017). Headlined with delicately marbled roast beef, tender roast pork with plenty of crackling, and regularly changing veggie options, these roasts are served big with all the trimmings. We’re talking seasonal veg, lashings of gravy and crisp yorkshires. A big hit with the locals, this is the sort of roast that’ll help you take back Sunday.
So, who fancies joining us for a pint this week?