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Leighton Buzzard Road | Water End, Hemel Hempstead HP1 3BD, England
+44 1442 213594
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Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Always a warm atmosphere at The Red Lion, and prices are at the higher end for 'pub grub' albeit a much more refined experience. We went here with a few friends, adults and kids, for a late lunch / early dinner. The food took a while but was lovely went it did arrive and we were well served throughout our... More 

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Thank Rod L
London, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant looks nice and there's always a decent atmosphere there. However, the food is very average especially for the price.

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Thank Luke C
Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Seated at table not suitable for 6 in a dark area of pub. Waiter was very nice, friendly, tried to do his best. Food was average, asked for medium well sirloin with peppercorn sauce. Came out medium rare and tepid. Sauce lacked taste every dish lacked seasoning. Pepper mill on table empty. True British style didn't complain with NY Eve... More 

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Thank Julie H
RedLionWaterEnd, Front Office Manager at Red Lion, responded to this review

I'm so sorry to hear that your experience wasn't as you had expected. I've passed this review on to our Management Team for further evaluation. More 

Hemel Hempstead
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a delight !!! The Christmas menu was absolutely delicious, 3 courses of possibly the best food we have tasted in a long time and the service by Alyce was excellent. We would highly recommend the Red Lion at anytime of the day as the food is always brilliant.

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Thank Sally M
RedLionWaterEnd, General Manager at Red Lion, responded to this review

Thank you for this. Christmas is an important time for us to show what we can do and also to make people feel that their time and money has been well spent. Thanks so much for the review Sally and I hope that you'll come to us again soon. More 

Studham, England
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What has this place become !came a while ago and was really nice , now had to wait at least one and half hours for dinner , service was more than bad then the food was not worth eating ! Then asked for the kids ice cream as had to get them home as it stared to get late ,... More 

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1 Thank tree1982
Boca Raton, Florida
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1,429 reviews
904 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 412 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In the lead up to Xmas one is used to restaurants being busier than usual. This is a consideration in assessing a rating. But, we had made a reservation for relatively early in the evening so it seemed disappointing to learn on arrival that "roasts" were no longer available and several other meat dishes were not available. Had something gone... More 

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Thank David G
RedLionWaterEnd, Front Office Manager at Red Lion, responded to this review

Thank you for these constructive comments. They have been sent through to our Management Team for further review. More 

Hereford, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It not often I start with excellent but I have to say we felt wanted, important, valued etc as soon as we went in, the waiter sssss all were very polite and attentive and were clearly keen to impress They interacted with a nice balance of humour and professional service making us feel welcome As for the food we ordered... More 

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Thank grahamfly
RedLionWaterEnd, General Manager at Red Lion, responded to this review

This is exactly what we are trying to achieve and to hear back from our guests that we have done just that is always a thrill. Thank you so much for taking time to tell us about your experience. We hope you'll come back again soon. More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

I have visited The Red Lion many times over the past few years and it has always remained reliable. Medium rare cooked Rib-eye steak regardless how much it costs, it was perfect and worth every penny. Lovely staff, great interior all round, fitting for all types of visits and the menu has a great selection of mains, starters and desserts.... More 

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Thank ThePinkDuck
RedLionWaterEnd, General Manager at Red Lion, responded to this review

It's great to know that what we try to do keeps people coming back to us time and again; thanks for your patronage and we look forward to your next visit! More 

Level Contributor
15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

Went here with a group of friends and everyone enjoyed their meal apart from me. I thought the paella was extremely poor, it was more like a risotto with a few mussels and prawns in it. The worst part was they tried to include vegetables, e.g. Aubergines, which did not work for me. To be totally honest Tesco's Finest Paella... More 

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1 Thank Sarah T
RedLionWaterEnd, Front Office Manager at Red Lion, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your comments and I'm so sorry that your experience hasn't lived up to expectations. Your comments have been passed on for further review by our Management Team. More 

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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Feeling blessed having such a fantastic restaurant on my doorstep. Quality food at reasonable prices Always busy with a vibrant atmosphere. Don't be disappointed, make sure you book before you go.

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Thank John M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, Bar, Pizza, European, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 00:00
Monday
08:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 00:00
Thursday
08:00 - 00:00
Friday
08:00 - 00:00
Saturday
08:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Leighton Buzzard Road | Water End, Hemel Hempstead HP1 3BD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hertfordshire  >  Hemel Hempstead
  • Phone Number: +44 1442 213594

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