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The Red Lion

$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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63 High Street, Swanage BH19 2LY, England
+44 1929 423533
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Reading
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123 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We popped into The Red Lion on Christmas Eve and it was a nice little pub. Inside is not big, despite a bar and a lounge but that adds to the charm. The staff kindly let us sit for a while in their dining area. Outside space looked far larger and probably well worth a visit on warmer days.

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Thank TerenceTibbs
Greater London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been to The Red Lion on many occasions both in summer and winter. Generally we have always had a good experience. For the past 5 years we have stayed in Swanage over the New Year Period and have always visited the Pub for an evening meal and on a few occasions on New Years Day itself. Whilst the food and... More 

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Thank Nick W
Broughton Astley, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went in for a quick dinner, it was curry night a curry and a pint for £10, I had a pint of cider, there was a choice of 60 ciders and perrys! Nice atmosphere in the bar and very friendly and informative staff!

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Thank Andrew M
Swanage, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Recently visited the Red Lion having won a voucher for 2 for their Steak Night. On arrival we were greeted very promptly and shown to our table. Our order was taken quickly and after a short wait our steaks arrived with all the trimmings. An 8 ounce rib eye, fries, tomatoes, garlic mushrooms and salad. A generous portion, even for... More 

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Thank Dave M
bournemouth
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Been going to swange for over 70 years my uncle had a hotel the Elwin in Stafford Rd round the corner from the red lion pub my dad mum uncle aunt used the pub as watering hole all those years ago doesn't time fly. Anyway called in for a pint the other week the building still looks amazing well cared... More 

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Thank haroldjcooper
Swanage, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

My wife and I decided to eat out for our anniversary, we tried to book at one pub but whoever answered the phone said they were not allowed to take December bookings only the owners could who were off at the time, so we booked here not having eaten here for several years. The online menu is out of date... More 

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Thank willywonker51
East Molesey, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Ending up eating here twice (Mon and Tues) during our last visit in October - Food still excellent both in terms of quality and quantity - And they do keep an excellent selection of real ales.

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Thank Tony M
Witney, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Despite a very last minute booking on a Saturday evening, the Staff managed to arrange a table for two. The pub was extremely busy for a November evening but this did not impact on the quality or portion size of the food which was both first class and very good value for money. I would like to pay particular thanks... More 

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Thank PRGH
London, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Back in Swanage again for a week and ate here 4 times. Food is as good as ever and the pub is as busy as ever. Lovely staff and great choice of ales and ciders.

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Thank melharb
Lancaster, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

We ate at the Red Lion a couple of times during a break in Swanage. Very pleasant and friendly.. Service and Bar atmosphere excellent.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 63 High Street, Swanage BH19 2LY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Isle of Purbeck  >  Swanage
  • Phone Number: +44 1929 423533

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?