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The Red Lion is a fairly large pub on Bushey's High Street. It had the Six Nations rugby on TV screens and it seems to cater for both drinkers and diners. Fuller's London Pride & Sharp's Doom Bar are the two regular ales. Guests were Brentwood Legacy, Windsor & Eton Last Drop & Tring Citra Session. I opted for the Last Drop, which wasn't that good. But, my drinking companions went for the Citra, which they were clearly enjoying. I read in the local CAMA magazine that the pub is under threat of closure.
blue_scrumpy - 10 Feb 2019 11:40
Superficially, the pub looks really well, offers a good range of beer and ales, appears to have a great menu, nice beer garden, screens for football etc, etc..
It ticks many boxes.
But something is not right in here.
The clientèle, again at first glance ,appear decent and respectable, but there's a real undercurrent in her making you feel almost instantly identified and unwelcome as a stranger. Nothing blatantly nasty, but small things like refusing to move to allow access to the bar, being passed over for locals when trying to order, generally feeling that you are being "sussed out".
Its cliquey and too villagey. You sense everyone knows everyone.
A really strange experience.
mont62y - 1 Apr 2014 12:49
i went to the red lion pub recently with my girlfriend for a meal, and i have to say that the service was amazing, we was waited on hand and foot and the food was to die for, i would seriously recommend it to anyone wanted a quiet day out.
the music wasn't to loud i could here myself think and the atmosphere was pretty good too.
Daffik - 22 Sep 2013 22:16
Shame they don't do something about diners, including women and children, having to listen to the local oiks effing and blinding only feet away.
innspector - 13 Aug 2013 16:46
Hi Beer Lovers I am the new GM of this pub, I have just took it over a month ago, and I can assure everyone who is visiting this pub, maintaining the quality of the ale/beer lines/ products were on the first thing on my list with many others. Please visit us, and see the difference.
Steve72 - 20 Aug 2012 18:16
Popped in today and must say not very impressed prick and ping menu
EPA Bitter not very good I dont think the pipes had been cleaned in a while and the barmaid didn't pull any off and I was the first one in
Could be a very good pub if the decor suited and staff showed an interest
Dogs and children not welcome
whippet - 10 May 2011 17:14
It had been quite a few years since my previous visit and I was pleasantly surprised when I dropped in recently. They’ve clearly spent some money on it and the décor is now quite nice and they’ve gone a bit upmarket. I suspect the one thing that hasn’t changed too much over the years is the clientele although they do seem to have grown up along with the pub. Pleasant place for a beer, cask ales available.

Millay - 21 Sep 2008 16:22
Rough and ready place but we found it a nice spot for a quick pint.
Looked like they have 3 hand-pumps but only Pride was on when we were there on a Thursday. Great pint though - in tip-top condition.
dyyony - 16 Feb 2007 12:19
The London Pride in here is probably the best I've had anywhere (and I've drunk a lot of it, trust me, especially on the brewery tour at Cheswick) and it has only just gone up 5p in the last couple of months to £2.15. The food is really good and unbelieveably cheap (16oz steak £5.99, 8oz £3.99). It's a bit rough and ready, but there's an awful lot worse pubs out there, even my girlfriend doesn't mind it in there.
stevefarmer - 6 Feb 2007 20:05
Spacious non-descript pub with aforementioned locals, no negativity my night. Outdoor seating in back looks over car park. London Pride the sole real ale. 6/10.
Real_Al - 7 Sep 2005 08:49
Used to be an excellent pub shame you feel its gone down hill, cant comment cos I havent been there for donkeys but it was brilliant when I did... so for old times sake give it a break and try it.....?
anonymous - 5 Sep 2005 00:28
This pub is full of sad young people, who are mainly out for trouble, I stopped off there one evening for a quick pint and to meet some mates, but unfortunatly there was a group of young idiots who seemed to think they owned the pub, and they made the whole atmosphere very uncomfortable.

The prices in the pub were also extremely high.

Not a pub i would recommend to my worst enermy.
anonymous - 3 Aug 2005 14:59
A real spit and sawdust place. Went for a wander round Bushey and got caught in a colossal downpour so I escaped to the Red Lion for a pint. Walking up to the bar, I managed to say "Can I have..." before the wag next to me yelled "a towel?"

10/10 for comedy value. A bit less for the pub. Got the feeling it would be Armageddon in there at the weekend.
Ruby - 27 Apr 2005 15:17

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