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The Red Lion, Welwyn - pub details

Address: Digswell Hill, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL6 9AJ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 22394) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Welwyn Garden City (1.3 miles), Welwyn North (1.9 miles), Hatfield (3.6 miles)

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Very smartly refurbished pub on the old A1 adjacent to Sherrardspark Wood. Nice big garden, although the still of the evening was spoiled by the roar of traffic from the AI(M) over the fence at the back. A couple of real ales were on tap; I had the Butcombe Rare Breed. Unfortunately it was a trifle warm and had an unpleasant metallic aftertaste. A shame that an otherwise favourable impression was spoiled by a failure to clean the pipes. Also a tad expensive with a bitter and a Peroni coming in at just under £8.
Number11 - 27 Jul 2014 15:50
Just had a meal here today and very impressed!

The food was amazing with a sort of Mediterranean style. The lamb cofter starter was perfect. The other food I saw around our table looked great too and got excellent comments. The bar had breakspear gold and doom bar. I had the doom bar and this seemed very good. The staff were attentive and friendly.

Overall a very positive experience and hard to pick out any faults. I will definitely return soon!!

NeilA - 24 Dec 2011 15:18
Usual gastro pub interior design set up of wooden and stone floors throughout, large central exposed brick fireplace accessible from both sides, plain walls in pastel colours, designer spot lighting, sofas in the bar area and wicker furniture in the restaurant. The restaurant room is wood cladded and painted white and presumably to try and give it a bit of character, there is a dead animal theme going on with Stags antlers on the fireplace and assorted animal skins on the floor and on the long seats. Seemed a bit naff to me, but then I am no expert to what passes as creative interior design nowadays.
We didnít eat here, but one look at the menu was enough to confirm the usual pretentious gastro nonsense, where chips are referred to as frites, and a classic burger will set you back the wrong side of £11.00. Apparently you can get a jus served with your gammon.
At least they should be praised for keeping a lounge bar area separate from the restaurant. And there were three ales on. These were Doombar, London Pride and Brakspears Gold and the Doombar and Gold we tried were well kept pints. But wet sales are clearly secondary to the food here and despite several branded staff in black pub poloís, only one was working the bar area, so expect to wait if you get stuck behind a big group like I did.
So will concur, definately more of a restaurant than a pub. Is OK for a beer on a good day when you can use the garden, otherwise go elsewhere for that traditional pub experience.
Gann - 15 Aug 2011 17:25
My wife and I have visited this place many times in the past and really loved the food.. sadly we went a couple of weeks ago and the menu had completely changed - much more pizza / burger / chips type food. Went ahead and ordered and food was bland and seemed reheated. Plus the chips were oven chips. Also, tho not busy the service was slow and we waited 10 min for the bill. A real shame...

Another thing - on way out we were handed an offical online survey offer - where you fill in a survey and can win a case of champagne. Fine. But stapled to this was a printed out slip offering a furher meal at Red Lion is you select "Strongly Agree" in the survey answers about how good the pub is! Very dodgy.
portugal7 - 17 Dec 2010 11:17
Dropped in for lunch to find that the place was really busy. Food was good and not too badly priced. There were two real ales on hand pumps and quite a wide selection of other beers/lagers in bottles or on tap. A couple of open fires added warmth and atmosphere.

Overall I would say that this is more of a restaurant than a pub, but if you are looking for somewhere to eat that serves real beer, this should be on your list.
welwyntone - 18 Nov 2010 20:26

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