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4 cask ales plus 2 cask ciders, the ales we had were well kept. On the main street so busy with the lunch time food market.
alexw - 14 Feb 2016 00:24
Prime spot. But the most expensive pub in town.

Geared for tourists.

Down the old back streets, nearby - its quieter and cheaper - for pubgrub etc.

wealdman - 8 Mar 2015 21:12
Again like our last visit to Arundel in May 2014 the Red Lion was our 2nd pub of the day, another re-tick and this is still one of my favourites in Arundel.

Just as we entered the pub was in the middle of a power cut so all the lights were out but thankfuly the beer was still on!

4 pumps selling 4 different ales, 1 of them was Arundel's Sussex Gold. I started off on the seasonal offering from St Austell which was Ruck n Roll @ 4.0% before this ran out and then I had the Sussex Gold.

Pretty busy with a mixture of drinkers, diners and dog walkers.

Good friendly and attentive bar staff, this may be my favourite pub in Arundel.
lezford - 8 Mar 2015 15:47
2nd pub of the day and the only pub in Arundel that we visited twice in the same day.

Came in just before noon and it was empty inside but there were a few people in the large garden out the back. As the sun was shining it was great and it’s a bit of a sun trap so beware!

The ale choice was Dark Star American Pale Ale, Shepherd & Neame Spitfire, Sharps Doombar and my choice which was Arundel Brewery Sussex Gold @ 4.2%. They also had Westons Old Rosie as the cider option.

By the time we left 30 minutes later the inside was pretty busy with most people eating. This was the case during my evening visit with the pub being pretty packed and again almost everyone was eating.

Large decent pub that is worth a visit and appears in the 2014 GBG.
lezford - 6 May 2014 14:45
Alezilla couldn't stand by whilst the reviews were so conflicting so he took a trip out there to make the judgement for himself- live music on a thursday night- open mic night - unintrusive and although there were the usual tedious pop standards- it was very good- local people displaying their skills- the beers were varied and fine- a few ales- nice service- nothing wrong with this venue- alezilla gives this an 8 to help recuperate this pubs score unprecedented yet charitable move from the hard-skinned self-appointed Liege of Ale...
alezilla - 30 Nov 2013 17:53
We visited Arundel and tried 3 pubs several years back. Whilst passing through this time, we thought we'd give the Red Lion a try, as it has appeared in the latest Good Beer Guide. The pub is in a central location, just down the hill from the castle and the cathedral. The interior is modern - not really to my liking. The beers were Arundel Sussex Gold, Springfield Roaring Meg, Dark Star American Pale Ale & Sharps Doom Bar. Cider was Old Rosie. Not the best pub we have tried in Arundel. But there are a few here to go for. From what I recall last time, we preferred the White Hart.
blue_scrumpy - 5 Oct 2013 16:09
red lion
3barrelsfull - 14 Dec 2010 20:20
I went in for lunch on Monday with my son. The food was fine, the service good and the ale was excellent. I'm glad I hadn't read some of the earlier reviews before my trip or I might well not have gone in, which shows how subjective the reviews on any site like this can be and should be taken with a large pinch of salt.
Ordinary - 24 Nov 2010 13:57
No Biggles, my name is Fraser and I am not related to Jasper.
I just feel pretty annoyed when I am taken for a fool, especially when I spend a tidy little sum of money on a Sunday lunch to treat my relatives and one of them ends up being sick on top of it.
+ I know what good pub food tastes like and believe me, try the food at the Red Lion and you will agree with me: INSIPID!!!
I can only say it again: this place should stick to drinks and good old jacket potatoes!
Fraser3 - 13 Jul 2010 17:10
I wonder if Fraser3 is related to Jasper2? Or even the same person?
Biggles - 1 Jul 2010 14:22
red lion is a great pub , make my heart bleed if someone writes comment like that one below , this pub has made big impact on arundel since the new gov took over he done lots good and to the garden as well
3barrelsfull - 16 May 2010 09:48
I couldn't more agree with Jasper2: the food was miserable (in my case totally tasteless) + my brother got food poisoned with his shrimp cocktail...

It was a Sunday lunch and there were 4 of us. Here's what we had: garlic bread, goat cheese salad, tomato&mozarella salad, potato wedges, prawn cocktail.
None of it had the slightest taste appart from the garlic bread which obviously tasted like garlic. The salads had no dressing at all on them. I asked the waiter and almost had to beg for a little olive oil & vinegar. The wedges were sprinkled with the tiniest bits of so-called bacon (and where was the brie?), were spongy and oily as hell. They obviously directly came out of the freezer in addition to having been heated up in a microwave.

As for the prawn cocktail, my brother ended up sick as hell just a few hours later, which ruined our 3 days tour of Sussex: THANK YOU RED LION!!!!

I deeply regret having taken my poor bro there + spent so much money@ this place (it was an expensive pub lunch) and regret having ever set a foot in this pub. Such a place is an insult to pub culture and also a disgrace for a place like Arundel: it's a real tourist trap!!! No wonder foreign visitors think our food sucks if they go to places like this!!!

Beer & service were OK though.
So Red Lion, why don't you stick to what you do best and serve drinks only? At least nobody will get hurt with a few beers and crips.
Or go back to good old jacket potatoes, fish & chips etc. which are impossible to miss.
Fraser3 - 14 May 2010 16:36
Went there the other night for drinks and a bit of food. Both great - huge portions & a lively atmosphere. Highly recommended
awhills - 5 May 2010 15:44
I have eaten in the Red Lion several times since the new Owner took over at the end of last year, and I love it - what an improvement! the food is amazing and the service superb - love the sharing platters and the beer garden is fabulous. We'll definitely keep coming back.
JustinJames - 4 May 2010 17:31
Had a meal at the Red Lion on Thursday. 3 of us had a gourmet burger and 1 had the fish and chips. Both meal were excellent. Served up very quickly (about 10 minutes) and were really good size meals.

On a side point, I see jasper2 seems a bit unhappy with his food and has even bothered to attach a photo, interesting that despite being so unhappy, the picture shows he has eaten everything on the plate bar 2 roast potatoes! If you need to complain jasper2, why didn't you ask to speak to the mananger or chef? Complaining to a waitress who just brings the food out probably won't get you very far...

The food and service is great.
jimharris45 - 1 May 2010 12:27
The pub is now under new management. The new owner Chris and his family have had many years experience running bars around the World and has made huge improvements given the last owners sterling attemp to run the place down.

The clientel has been cleaned up, a new chef has brought in a new menu which is excellent quality and great value. The dining and Garden area has all been refurbished and is bright and clean.

Chris and the bar staff are always happy to chat. All I can say is its a huge improvement.

richrich - 3 Jan 2010 01:38

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