The Red Lion Inn

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Welcome to the multi award-winning Red Lion Inn, a privately owned free house pub restaurant with bed & breakfast accommodation that has resided at the heart of the pretty conservation village of Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, since the 16th Century. This historic, Grade II listed building provides the perfect backdrop for enjoying fabulous food and drink, in the company of friends, family and colleagues. Exposed beams, well stoked fires and Chesterfield sofas invite you to stay a while and relax, while an impressive oak, dry peg extension is an elegant, spacious room in which to dine. In the warmer months, the inn’s quintessentially English, Cambridge walled garden is a tranquil setting in which to eat, drink and socialise under the watchful gaze of the dovecote and village church clock tower. The menu comprises contemporary and traditional dishes, created with culinary flair and using only the freshest, locally sourced seasonal produce. We look forward to seeing you soon.
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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I loved the relaxed feel, we chose to eat in the bar which is dog-friendly for a cosier feel but that did mean dealing with a slight wet dog smell. food was good quality and not oversized.

k
London
16 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best sunday roast I have ever eaten. I also liked the fact that the was a kids menu available and the kids food options looked very delicious and high quality as well. I definitely visit the Red Lion Inn again.

PK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Average, some interesting choices on menu, food could have been cooked to a higher standard

KW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Charming country pub in a quiet village with very good food and attentive service. Would definitely revisit if in the area again.

NL
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was excellent considering it was Mothering Sunday, our food came out in about 15 minutes which was incredible for the standard. Was a little disappointed in the cheese plate, thought the amount for £11 wasn't very good but the rest was lovely.

V
Cambridge
7 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A lovely Sunday lunch with friends. A shame the roast potatoes were not crispy, but otherwise an excellent meal and good wine. Thank yoy

IH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really nice pub with friendly staff and very tasty food. Good choice of beers too.

S
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Ran out of roasts on a sunday.
The way it was handled was not impressive

AN
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I booked this place because it boasted a long history and it looked like a nice, pretty place for a full English breakfast, which my brother was looking forward to. The dining area is quite cosy, the staff was really friendly. The only gripe I had was the full English breakfast, which had only one egg, one sausage, one of everything, aside from two strips of bacon rashers. It was quite enough for me, not nearly enough for my brother. I may be mistaken but when you hear "Full English Breakfast" you do expect to have a plate full of food. It also cost 8 pounds. To be honest, I could get double the food in London for 5 pounds.

All in all, it's a pretty inn in a nice location. It's worth your while to just wander around and look at all the old architecture and the church.

BD
Greensboro
11 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always very good

s
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We were very disappointed with our meal. Previously we had visited this pub midweek for lunch, and really enjoyed the experience. However on this occasion our table wasn't ready on arrival, it took 20 minutes for sometimes to take our order and a further 40 minutes plus three enquiries from us before our Sunday roast dinners arrived (so not something that needed a great deal of cooking from scratch). The kids (as well as us!) were climbing the walls with hunger by the time we all were fed. It had been nicely cooked but my food was pretty cold apart from the potatoes. We gobbled it all down in 15 minutes and left without ordering dessert, because the service still seemed fairly chaotic and harrassed then as well. I don't think we'll go back - too stressful.

CF
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely pub which always delivers good food, at a good price. The service is always excellent. It remains one of our (and many of our friends), favourite places to catch up with all friends over a drink & a meal.

s
Surrey
67 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2012
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Red Lion is a gastropub and a 16th Century Inn in a quaint cambridgeshire Village setting. Food is modern and and adventurous and portions generous. A great place for a family get together or an intimate meal for two.

l
Hampshire
20 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2012
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very pleasant surroundings, excellent service, friendly and attentive. Good food and ales. Happy to recommend.

l
Hampshire
20 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2012
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service, friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Very pleasant surroundings and good food.

o
London
14 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2011
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The Red Lion at Hinxton serves great ales and good food. Certainly worth a visit.

s
Surrey
67 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2011
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The Red Lion Inn at Hinxton is a gastropub in a village setting. Food is a mixture of modern continental restaurant fare and more traditional pub food. Extensive menu which is well cooked and delivered.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2011
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Sunday Lunch at the Bull and Last, Highgate Road, NW5 was a disappointment for me. Although the service was good and the ambiance was lively, the beef was not edible. It looked like it had hardly touched the heat .. it was tasteless and too rare for me. Even though the staff agreed to take it back and cook it some more, it arrived back with hardly any change. I was very disappointed with the meal but I'm told the fish and chips were great!

J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2011
Overall4food4service4ambience4

superb food, nice atmosphere will definitely be going back!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2011
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We had to wait for 20 minutes after our booked slot to be seated which was a little frustrating. The bar was rammed making it not the most comfortable of experiences.

It seems the Bull and Last is suffering from its own success. Once seated the service was attentive and food was brought promptly. The food itself was absolutely fantastic and I couldn't recommend it more!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2010
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Last night at the Bull and Last we had a lovely envening. The English beetroot salad and the Welsh venison goulash were very good but a it pricey for me these days. The ambience and service were very good so I would recommend, and will go back for special occacions.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2010
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I enjoyed a pre-Christmas dinner with friends at the Bull & Last, Kentish Town. The cosy grandness was a very welcome escape from the snowy streets, and the atmosphere was very welcoming. Excellent food, drink, service, great co-diners. An evening to be repeated!

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2010
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our meal at the Bull and Last in Highgate was as delicious as it has been on every occasion we've visited. The welcome was warm and friendly but we did have to wait quite a while to order- about three quarters of an hour. The atmosphere is casual and it can be quite noisy as it is a pub but it makes an excellent local. If I could change anything I would like some lighter dishes on the menu.The deserts are great.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2010
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really friendly service and amazing food. so good in fact i ended up proposing to the mrs straight afterwards. Cynics might say I had already planned the proposal but if I hadn't the food would of tipped me over the edge.

YUM

GE
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2010
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not my first visit to the Bull and Last, sitting across from Parliament Hill, but still eminently satisfying.
The food is always great and where the service may fall down when the kitchen gets behind, the friendly and attentive wait staff more than compensate!

R
London
38 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2010
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Red Lion Inn - we went for my birthday to meet my parents as it was half way for both of us, great food, nice ambience and friendly staff, only fault would be occasional lack of communiction (wrong drinks brought or didnt arrive/arrived late) would visit again, the Trio of desserts was my highlight so you should go just to try

OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2010
Overall4food4service5ambience4

New to Kentish Town, we'd heard good things about the Bull & Last from a neighbour. Upstairs the pub made way for a more honest restaurant, walls decked with taxidermy and high of ceiling and window. Service was friendly and fast, and the food was rich and flavourful, and the wine list impressive. The yolk on my asparagus could have run a *bit* more, and oxtail ravioli was an odd strong partner to my fine hake, but overall it was excellent, and we'll certainly return.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2010
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The menu is great at the bull and last, so many tempting options. The food lived up to expectations but the steak, chips and bernaise was over priced @ £22.50. There were only 2 waitresses for a large number of tables so service was quite slow. This is a fab pub, would reccommend.

T
London
39 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2010
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice old pub with plenty of character and tables outside if weather permits. Enjoyed a drink in the bar before moving through to table in a large dining area.
My ribeye steak was excellent and my friend really enjoyed her salmon dish. The cheeseboard would have been a success if served with proper biscuits rather than the thin crispy things that shattered on contact.

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2010
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The Red Lion Inn in Hinxton had a very nice menu set out for valentines guests.
It had a pleasant atmosphere and good decor. We would like to go back and try the main menu.
Service was mostly good except near the end when they where otherwise occupied.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2009
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a good evening out at the Bull and Last in North London. It was exactly what we were after for a good gastropub meal for 7, and the service was attentive and personal even though the staff were contending with a massive group at a nearby table. Everyone enjoyed their food, which was uniformly of very good quality.

b
Brighton
9 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2009
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back to The Bull and Last for supper on Saturday night. Really buzzy and great atmosphere. The service is delivered by upbeat, smiley, friendly serving staff - what a lovely change that makes. And though it's not cheap, the food is excellent - well-prepared, tasty, great flavours.

GE
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2009
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bull and Last, situated between Highgate and Kentish Town, always maintains a high standard of food and, just as importantly, a high standard of staffing. Always warm, friendly and helpful I have never had an unpleasant experience here.
The freshest of ingredients, cooked in a generally English traditional fashion, but with a light touch...
And great traditional puds too.
To top it all off they welcome dogs!
Who could ask for anything more?

AM
London
26 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2009
Overall3food4service3ambience3

This was our second visit to this highly rated restaurant because our first experience did not vaguely live up to expectations. The first time service was appalling and the food nothing special and expensive for what it was. So we thought it right to give it a second chance. Regrettably our first impression was reconfirmed. Prices are expensive compared to other restaurants in the area. Service was poor and food of indifferent quality. What do others see here that we don't?

b
Brighton
9 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2009
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit to The Bull and Last on HIghgate Road and it most certainly won't be our last. There was a nice Saturday night buzz on the ground floor where drinkers and diners mingle (there is a first floor restaurant but we didn't go up there). The food was terrific, but what really impressed was the outstanding service - from everyone, not just the people serving our table. They obviously take a pride in what they do and they made it a lovely dining experience.

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2009
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal at the Bull and Last near Hampsted Heath. Quite an expensive menu, but good quality food. We both opted for fish and chips with mushy peas, the chips were the highlight, amazing, the peas weren't really very mushy though. For desert we shared Ferrero Rocher icecream which was delicious, one of the best ice creams i have had. Excellent service too.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2009
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Atmosphere: "pubby" - a bit noisy and slightly cramped. Very enticing, exciting, original menu; great variety, except maybe desserts (less exciting and original). Everything excellently prepared and attractively presented; quantities very, very satisfactory. Service efficient and very pleasant (except mad barman who, when we ordered pre-dinner drinks demanded a credit card or up-front payment). But, sadly, with all those positives, at nearly £40 a head, the bill left a sour taste in the mouth.

D
London
31 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2009
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Red Lion on a scorching hot day - perfect. Champagne in the gardens before going in for lunch. Attentive service, great wine list and a good standard of cooking. Good selection for all courses and some nice specials as well. Thoroughly recommended

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2009
Overall3food3service0ambience3

Billed as gastropub but more of a restaurant. Very small inside with small bar area- you have to sit at the bar, and all other tables set up for dining.
Food good, but not amazing- surprising considering the excellent press it gets. Also, a little overpriced eg £29.50 for Beef Pie for 2. Breaking it down, that's £14.75 each for a pie..

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2009
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Excellent meal - crab on toast tasted of the sea; Cote de Boeuf flavorsome and perfectly cooked, served with chips that really do take the potato to a new culinary level. Very good value - bottomless supply of water presented as a matter of course, with carafes of wine starting at £8. Service utterly without pretension, but friendly and efficient. The only negative is that the food and service is not matched by the ambience - room seemed incredibly noisy (part acoustics / part loud regulars)