Red Lion

Pub Details

(01923) 282722
Opening Times
11 - 2.30, 5.30 - 11
12 - 10.30

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Red Lion, Chenies, Buckinghamshire, WD3 6ED – The Good Pub Guide

Good Pub Guide Recommended

Delightful pub with long-serving licensees, a bustling atmosphere, real ales, and good food
A thoroughly good, proper village pub' is how a couple of readers describe this white-painted brick house. The cheerful Mr Norris has been here for 27 years now and the place has a loyal local following but there's always a warm welcome for visitors, too. The L-shaped bar is very traditional and unpretentious (no games machines or background music) and has comfortable built-in wall benches by the front windows, other straightforward seats and tables, and original photographs of the village and traction engines. There's also a small back snug and a neat dining extension with more modern décor. Well kept Lion Pride is named for the pub by Rebellion and served on handpump alongside Vale Best Bitter and a couple of changing guests like Thwaites Best Bitter and Wadworths 6X, and they have up to ten wines by the glass and some nice malt whiskies. The hanging baskets and window boxes are pretty in summer, there are picnic-sets on a small side terrace, and local walks. They now call themselves an autarkic free house. No children.

Good Pub Guide Food

Enjoyable food includes sandwiches, filled baked potatoes, crisp fishcake with home-made tartare sauce, lambs kidneys in a creamy mustard and cayenne sauce, spinach and oyster mushoom-filled crepes with cream and gruyère, a proper curry, smoked haddock with welsh rarebit topping, toulouse sausages with white bean and tomato cassoulet, coq au vin, a flat fish of the day with parlsey butter, pork belly with crackling and a cider and apple sauce, daily specials and home-made puddings; they also offer a take-away service which is proving popular.

Bar food times: 12 - 2,7 - 10; all day weekends


Good Pub Information

Dogs allowed in: Dogs Bar


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Rating: 3/5 (154 votes cast)

Reader Comments

Visited May lunchtime when the pub was busy and no tables were available in the bar area though there were some in the small room opposite. This was our first visit since the refurbishment earlier this year and it still feels like a pub though most people are dining and there is very attentive service at the table. Well kept London Pride (7 out of 10). Good choice of food varying from sandwiches (£6.50 to £7.50), starters (£5.50 to £7.50) and main courses (£8.50 to £18.50). Our chicken pie (£12) with new potatoes and peas was excellent.

I have to agree with the previous comment. Booked for Sunday lunch, then rang again to say I would be a little late. However, when I arrived I was met by a very grumpy and rude landlord who informed me that we were not on his list. He then told me I must have booked at another pub as he personally takes the bookings! Eventually one of the waitresses agreed that she had spoken to us on the phone, but no apology was forthcoming. We were then asked to wait at the bar whilst a table was found. 15 mins later we were shown to a table where we were ignored for a further 15 mins before we left to find somewhere that values its customers.

I'm afraid we found the landlord to be mean, ungracious and unhelpful. I ordered sparkling water and was given a wine glass full of luke warm water. When I asked for ice I was told I could not have any as it did not fit in the glass. I asked for a larger glass but was told this was not possible as the measure would be too small in a larger glass. He offered to sell me the bottle of water at £3.20 so that I could have any size glass and so have ice, but I did not see why I should have to. I have been to many, many pubs and restaurants and I have never encountered this before and have never complained in a pub before.

This ruined our lunch and was also very embarrassing as other diners could hear the exchange. The landlord's attitude was unpleasant and he clearly thought I was being awkward. He may have been in the trade for a long time, maybe it is too long.

The main review pretty much sums up the pub, but what it doesn't quite put across is the warm, friendly, "local" atmosphere of the place. We don't actually live in Chenies, but feel like it's our local when we visit the Red Lion. The Lamb Pie is worth a special mention too!!

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