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Review: The Red Lion

Cosy, Warming and Postcard Idyllic

The Location

The Red Lion pub is steeped in history. Originally a 13th Century Hall House that has been totally refurbished but still retaining many of the lovely character features including exposed beams, flagstone floors and crown post ceiling and an inviting log fire.

Its a quintessentially English pub set in the picturesque Kentish Hamlet of Hernhill located just a few miles from the historic towns Faversham and Whitstable and The City of Canterbury.

This pub is at the end of a delightful walk from Boughton through the beautiful orchard and lastly through the stunning Mount Ephraim Gardens which is set in ten glorious acres of stunning Edwardian terraced gardens against a backdrop of the beautiful Kent countryside.

The Food

Countless pubs serve the typical ‘pub grub’ but the surprising factor about The Red Lion is that the food is styled in such a way that shows creativity, attention to detail and a decent amount of thought. I’ve been on two occasions now as they’re dog friendly (some more here if you’re from the Kent area) and we love the walk so much.

On the first occasion I had a delicious fish and chips (except, I swapped the chips for mash). I am forever sceptical about ordering mash from pubs because I am always fearful it’ll taste like smash from a packet however, no fear was needed here. The mash is a buttery delight.

On the second visit I had the beetroot and caramelised onion tart, they serve this with goats cheese but as I am not a fan of goats cheese, I asked them to remove this and serve me mash potato instead – of which they were fine with. When it arrived, my first thought was how small it was and although the pastry was nice and the beetroot was tangy yet still sweet and freshly cooked it felt very much like a starter and less so of a main and for the price of just under £14, I was slightly underwhelmed.

Dessert was very tasty. A beautifully springy, dark caramelised toffee sponge with a beautiful dark maple coloured toffee sauce. This was a beautiful take on the classic and very comforting to eat – not too sweet either.

Overall

Overall, the location is picture perfect. It’s a fabulous looking little pub and has a lovely, steep history to it. It’s very easy to see why this little pub is so popular amongst the local community due to its perfect location situated amongst residents.

Whilst the food is nice and certainly a lot better than that of the standard pub grub types, they do they have a poor vegetarian selection which could do with improving and the price of the food is a little steep. The service is a little slow on occasion and occasionally slightly off-piste but this can be forgiven due to their staff seemingly learning on the job and getting to grips with a busy service.

However, The Red Lion is usually fully booked and even throughout a packed and busy restaurant, the staff are polite and show no signs of stress which puts at ease diners who are waiting to be served.

The Red Lion is a wonderful stop-off after a nice long walk or as the perfect place to finish off a drink after work.

Rating

7/10

Address

Crockham Ln, Hernhill, Faversham ME13 9TU

Tel: 01227 751 207 // http://www.theredlionhernhill.co.uk

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