Family-friendly pub’s good grub
TRYING to find a pub which welcomes children, but is not a character-less shell serving reheated processed food, can be hard.
But The Red Lion situated in the heart of West Deeping is perfect – not only is the premises a beautiful Grade II listed building, it also serves up good-value homemade grub to suit all the family.
“We believe we are here to serve the whole community,” said pub owner, Ged Dempsey, “We do not pretend to be anything other than what we are: a traditional pub serving simple food made from scratch.
Mr Dempsey bought the pub nearly three years ago, after years of working at the top level of business, retiring as chief executive of top insurance company, Homeserve.
“To my mind there are three things which make a great pub,” he said. “The beer (The Red Lion is now one of only three pubs in Lincolnshire to have received a Camra gold award), the food (the pub now averages 400-450 diners a week) and the atmosphere (last Christmas Ged and his wife June received a card from one villager thanking them for giving the village its pub back.)
The pub also holds a meat raffle every Friday night, a folk night every third Tuesday of the month, karaoke on the first Saturday of the month and every quarter a ceilidh.
My family and I visited The Red Lion at 6pm on a Tuesday evening and within 30 minutes many of the table around the bar area was full with diners.
One of the big draws is the Early Bird menu which offers customers two meals fo £12 or £6.50, which is served Monday to Friday between 6pm and 7pm.
I decided to go straight into a main course from this menu, opting for the home-made steak and ale pie served with chips and salad, which was absolutely delicious. The meat was tender and plentiful and the chips were the proper home-made variety – scrumptious.
My husband opted for the chorizo chilli, served with guacamole, sour cream, tortillas and rice. He really enjoyed the meal, although said he would have prefered there to have been a bit more chorizo in the chilli.
Our seven-year-old son, Samuel, was spoilt for choice on the children’s menu, which offered chicken nuggets, fish fingers, cheese and tomato pizza, scampi, sausage, beef burger or cheeese burger served with chips and a choice of baked beans or peas. He finally opted for the chicken nuggets and said they were “better than McDonalds”, praise indeed.
The dessert choices were very tempting – but after such a heavy main course I opted for an ice-cream dish, as did Samuel.
If you are looking for a family friendly eatery, serving traditional pub grub in a beautiful setting, The Red Lion is a must for you.
feeling hot, hot, hot: The chorizo chilli was delicious, although more chorizo and less minced meat would have made it a perfect dish.
Plentiful: The steak and ale pie on the early bird menu was very generous and the meat succulent.