Fam­ily-friendly pub’s good grub

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Motors Today -

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.

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