Lunch @ The Red Lion, Cricklade

One American Smooth golden ale from Ilkley Brewery for Rock, a Hop Kettle Pale by Comparison pale ale for Rosie, a Hop Kettle North Wall amber ale for me and a coke for Steve.  Lunch is rarely more about the beer than the food but today we are at the home of the Hop Kettle Brewery…..…..the Red Lion


There has been a pub on this site since the early 1600s and, while I doubt it was quite the same in the 17th century, nowadays the Red Lion always has a wide selection of real ales and craft beers on draught and a breathtaking selection of unusual beers, lagers and ciders in bottles.  They also have two menus – pub and restaurant.  If you want their more sophisticated dishes, then the restaurant has a really interesting menu in the evening and at weekends…but we are here at a midweek lunchtime – so its pub menu only.

The pub menu is shorter and simpler.  Steve and Rock both went for the Spicy Bean Burger, with cheese, triple cooked chips and home-made chilli jam.  Rosie chose the ‘Piggyback’ – a home-made Red Lion Burger with pulled pork.  I found myself unable to resist the Venison Stew with mash, leeks, greens and….something that has remained a vivid memory from my childhood….suet dumplings.


Everyone enjoyed their food.  When my plate first arrived I was initially concerned by the complete lack of any sign of the promised dumplings – but once I tipped the venison stew out of its cast-iron cooking dish – there they were, white and fluffy inside and a fabulous reminder of days when suet appeared as a much more regular part of mealtimes. Rosie enjoyed her Pale by Comparison and had a second, while I moved on to the Malz amber ale from the Bristol Beer Factory.

In the future I think we may well visit in midsummer.  The Red Lion is on the Thames Path and so dinner could be preceded by a good walk along the Thames.  We could try one or two of the restaurant dishes and, as they do beer-matching, a range of beers followed by a taxi home.  I’m looking forward to it already!


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Wade and Rock are a UK based couple who love good food and wildlife and love travelling to find it. Wade does most, but not all, of the writing and the photography. Rock shares the eating experience and tells Wade when planned posts fall short on sense or style or taste. In the opinion of Wade (and many of our friends) she is also a fabulous baker. WadeandRockandFood mainly consists of reviews of restaurants and pubs we have recently visited. WadeandRockandWildlife and WadeandRockandPlaces are mostly photoblogs.

One thought on “Lunch @ The Red Lion, Cricklade”

  1. My wife and I enjoyed pub fare and the great English beers offered while on a six week bicycle trip through England. What a wonderful idea: checking out quality local eateries in order to have an excuse to drink great beer! Thanks for visiting my site.

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