Tasty grub pulls in the punters
THE Red Lion, 83 Stockport Road, Cheadle, SK8 2AJ SOME years ago the Red Lion was a pretty basic pub.
Today it’s a large, rambling kind of place with a very traditional and comfortable appearance.
There’s lots of wood and warm fabrics and in the winter a real fire just adds to the welcoming feel.
While the move upmarket was controversial at the time, today the Red Lion has settled back into its role as a popular community local.
For the past three-anda-half years it has been run by Dean Machin who came to the pub from a hotel in North Wales. Why the move to Cheadle?
Dean tells me he took the opportunity to take on the Red Lion as it was a fit with what he had done before and he saw an opportunity to improve the pub and build trade – which he has certainly succeeded in doing as trade is up massively over the past three years.
This has come on the back of ongoing and substantial investment – the bar tops and floors have recently been sanded and re-varnished, for example.
A lot of that investment has gone into the kitchen and this is now reflected in the substantial and well-regarded food operation here.
Kitchen hours are 12-2.30pm and 5-9pm on Monday to Friday, 12-9pm on Saturdays and 12-7.30pm on Sundays.
All the food is homemade and runs from traditional pub classics to more contemporary dishes, with some emphasis on fresh fish.
It all sounds very tempting and my attention was also caught by the impressive cheeseboard, too.
Beers are from Robinsons with Dizzy Blondes and Unicorn accompanied by the regular seasonal and at least one other beer from the Robinsons range. There’s traditional cider, too.
Check out the Thursday night quizzes. Buses will drop you close by so call in soon.
Cask beers: Robinsons Unicorn, Dizzy Blonde, seasonal beer and one other from the Robinsons range.
Opening hours: 12 noon – 11pm every day.