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The Red Lion

4.7
4.7
88 Reviews
£25 and under
English

Muddy Stiletto Award - Best Destination Pub 2021!

The Red Lion is a thatched stone building that sits in the picturesque village of Yardley Hastings, southeast of Northampton and close to the border with both Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. It’s an affluent area with several estates nearby, including Caste Ashby.

Now under new ownership, this upmarket pub has a classic country feel about it with a modern twist. It’s also a destination food venue offering higher-end cuisine at an affordable price.

The Red Lion is open for lunch and dinner every day and you can eat in the restaurant or bar area – or al fresco in spring and summer.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    English

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Wed–Fri 18:00–23:00
    Wed–Fri 12:00–15:00
    Sat 12:00–23:00
    Sun 12:00–18:00

  • Phone number

    01604 696210

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Here at the Red Lion, our aim is to source quality and fresh local ingredients for our dishes, producing food that not only looks amazing but really does speak for itself once tasted. We operate a fresh produce kitchen, which means our food is cooked to order and all made in our kitchens.  We hope our menus appeal not only to classic pub food lovers but also to those who get excited about a twist on traditional favourites. Our Head Chef Emma has a huge amount of experience in menu development and taste profiling as well as creating stunningly delicious dishes. We understand the importance of variety, and we’ll adapt our menu to the changing seasons. From the hearty tastes of autumn to winter warming dishes and then to fabulous fresh flavours of spring and summer. 

Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea At The Red Lion

    £19.95 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Afternoon Tea can be booked from 15:00 - 16:45, Wednesday - Saturday. The price starts from £19.95 per head (non-alcoholic/traditional) and £25.00 per head (Prosecco included). Sandwiches, cakes and savouries are included in the price and the menu is subject to change based in the items made and prepared by The Red Lion chef team.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 88 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. H

    Helen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    This is my third visit to The Red Lion, all at lunchtime. The pub was busy with a large group but the layout was configured so that they were slightly separated from us. The ambience is lovely, the staff friendly and the service good. The menu, using locally sourced produce where possible, is changed every month and is interesting but not too ambitious.

  2. R

    Roxxy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We had a predinner drink and our starter was on the table with the wine ready for us, the food was delicious albeit small portions and the Christmas pudding was underpar but the ambience was lovely and the wine delicious will certainly be going again

  3. SS

    SuziS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love this pub. Excellent food, service and ambience. We have decided to do date night here once a month. Nathan and Dave are amazing hosts and always make you feel welcome and appreciated. Keep doing what your doing we love it.

  4. LL

    LucyL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very welcoming staff and great food and drink. Lovely stylish decor. Slight mix up with the bill quickly resolved. Look forward to going back soon.

  5. W

    Wenders

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely ambience, food outstanding, fabulous surroundings. Great service

  6. LG

    LaurenG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Amazing find! Staff were very friendly and the food was great!

  7. PW

    PetraW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Excellent meal. We chose 2 of the boards. They were massive, we could have easily shared one. Lots of sea food and prawns. Excellent value. Will definitely return

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northampton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had excellent food and service. Lovely and efficient staff Would highly recommend

  9. MJ

    MelissaJ

    Northampton

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Myself and a friend attended afternoon tea at the Red Lion . The staff were lovely and friendly and very welcoming . We sat on a table in the restaurant, the afternoon tea was presented in a lovely way and tasted as good as it looked . We was able to take home the food we couldn’t manage to eat , which was a great touch . Very good value for money in a very cosy setting Will definitely be visiting again

  10. MC

    MarkC

    Northampton

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 October 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience4

    Arrived for a late booking for Sunday Lunch. Please wait we need to clear a table so we sat in the bar surrounded by uncleared tables. Clearly understaffed. Menu only had two choices of roast- beef and chicken. Beef was sold out. So two chicken then! when order was taken 20 mins later. Taken to table. Not asked throughout meal if we wanted further drinks. Envious of the earlier customers who were being given beef with a large individual Yorkshire. Meals served, No Yorkshire. When asked the server said he'd fetch some. A long time later a dish arrived with 4 overcooked individual Yorkshires. Are these Aunt Bessie's? Embarrassed smile. The roast chicken was really dry ( overcooked). Declined a dessert, paid and left. Not once did the server ask if all was OK. I think he knew.

    The Red LionResponded on 14 October 2021

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We're sorry your visit didn't meet your expectations. You'll see from previous 4/5 star reviews on OpenTable and Google Reviews this is very uncommon. We'd like to rectify this, so if you'd like to re-book with us, we can offer 10% off your food bill (excluding drinks). Thank you. The Red Lion Team.

  11. C

    Clary

    Northampton

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Both food and ambiance were very good. Quite disappointed though that different menu in use as palate had been whetted on previously reading this. Did not expect service charge on final bill, much prefer to leave a tip and always do. Will visit again for sure.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really interesting food, very well executed.

  13. IR

    IanR

    Northampton

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    First visit since new ownership. Nice refurb. good food and service, a very nice friendly atmosphere. Sophisticated small menu, well presented. Very nice Friday night out.

  14. CS

    CaroleS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful experience right from the welcome on the door, the service the food and the bill which was pleasantly reasonable!! Definitely a return trip will be on the cards and have recommended to friends and family.

  15. W

    Wenders

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 8 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food, excellent service as always. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Lovely setting, love it.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northampton

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 September 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed the Roast Pork and Roast Beef lunches, plenty of food and very tasty.

  17. SD

    ShaunD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food at affordable prices, great Sevice

  18. BH

    BobHF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Fish menu, starters crab ravioli and black tempura squid excellent. Main courses Bombay monkfish curry with wild rice and halibut with prawns. Both cooked to perfection, but maximum one teaspoon of sauce with curry, and no veg at all with halibut. Perhaps that’s down to us for not being clear, but surprising. No complaints whatever otherwise, not with the friendly service.

  19. C

    Capabilitycat

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great food. Tasty. Different type of menu. But I think the starters (size wise) should be more similar to each other. I got a huge starter with the squid, and my husband who ordered the crab ravioli ended up with smaller dish. Both gorgeous, but need to be a more similar size. Also, I'd like some veggies with my main course.

  20. AM

    AdamM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Once again another lovely meal, a lovely evening spent at the Red Loin, lovely meal, fantastic service from Jack and all at the pub, can not recommend highly emough

  21. AW

    AndyW

    Northampton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic and beautiful pub close to Northampton. Waiter knew was very attentive and knew his menu very well.

  22. JC

    JulieC

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 August 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Food was delicious but rather overpriced on starters and desserts could only afford to go again as a treat service was a bit slow. Was easy to book online usually if you try and book just before hand on a Sunday lunch you are extremely lucky to get in. Friendly staff and landlady

  23. CD

    ClaireD

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our second visit at The Red Lion, it was fabulous again! Staff are attentive but not over kill. The food is delicious. We went as a family but could definitely go as a couple for date night too. Brilliant and beautiful pub, give it a go :-)

  24. AR

    AndrewR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great meal in lovely surroundings with attentive and friendly staff. Going to visit again for sure !

  25. KB

    KateB

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The ambiance and the staff are just lively at this restaurant. The owner is very sociable and the waitress was very friendly . Great customer service. The menu is different o a normal pub menu , which in our view gives this pub a massive plus point. There are about 6 choices of main menu ,which included 2 vegetarian options .the dessert we all had was a deconstructed wagon wheel …..just divine. I love going to this pub , not only is it good food but a lovely atmosphere. I wish it was my local

  26. NB

    NickB

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Booked a table for lunch after a brisk walk and were given a warm welcome when we arrived. Excellent pint of amber ale slaked our thirst whist our sandwiches were being prepared. Excellent smoked salmon sandwiches with fries were enjoyed by 3 of the party whist the Roast Beef sandwich served with roast potatoes and gravy was sublime. Having never been offered roast potatoes and gravy with a sandwich one of my friends opted for the smoked salmon in stead. After the raptures I went into whist eating my roast beef sandwich there was little did he had regretted his choice. That is not whit standing the superb and generous portion of smoked salmon in the sandwich. Quite possibly the best sandwich I have ever had.

  27. M

    Milliemollymanda

    London

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 22 August 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Lovely pub, friendly, attentive staff. Delicious Sunday roast with great crackling on the pork. Superb selection of gins. Only slight negative is the wine list is quite pricy but didn't detract from what was a fabulous birthday lunch.

  28. MM

    MarkM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 August 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Upon arrival at the red lion we were met by a lovely fella who promptly showed us to our table and took our drinks order. When presented with the sunday lunch menus, I thought at first glance that the choices on offer were well considered and nicely balanced to offer something for all palates. We duly ordered our starters, my wife went for the confit chicken leg with crab croquettes and a chipotle sauce and I had the potted crab. Both dishes were perfectly OK but lacked that little attention to detail that would have elevated them to superior, and both we felt were marginally overpriced. We both then went for traditional roasts of beef and pork, these were both very good with both the meats and accompanying veg being perfectly cooked. We shared a desert of Eton mess with a mill feuille, this was sublime. The wine menu could do with an overhaul as it lacks imagination. The service throughout was attentive and charming. With a few tweaks this could be a very fine pub indeed.

  29. CR

    CliveR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really imaginative food based on simple pub fare. Extremely well delivered and very tasty. Friendly and welcoming staff and lovely ambiance.

  30. JM

    JohannaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Fantastic fresh food cooked beautifully . Was very quite in the restaurant, but didn’t affect our experience. Lovely friendly staff.

  31. SP

    SamanthaP

    Northampton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful ambiance, food and service. We particularly enjoyed the relaxing yet interesting interior design. We will be back.

  32. HR

    HelenR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous delicious food. Lovely setting. Attentive and efficient staff. All in all perfect! An absolute gem of a find!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northampton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Visited on a Sunday so sampled the beef from the Sunday menu and we're not disappointed. Beautiful beef cooked perfectly alongside the usual roasts and Yorkshire pudding. Both diners very happy. Great service too, very friendly and attentive. Will certainly be back..thank you for a great meal

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic hidden little gem on the border of Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. Top marks to the Master Chef Robert Thompson One of the best meals we have had out side London top restaurants. Will be coming back Great Value for money Staff and atmosphere fantastic What more ca no I say Martin I Blackburn

  35. GC

    GarethC

    Northampton

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 25 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    A lovely Sunday roast with a twist

  36. GB

    GaryB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food and service. Best Sunday lunch for as long as we can recall anywhere. We would thoroughly recommend. Also they have the loveliest staff.

  37. CM

    CarolineM

    Northampton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I can thoroughly recommend the Mezze platter. All fresh ingredients and fantastic flatbreads.

  38. GC

    GarethC

    Northampton

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another great meal! New menu is superb.

  39. B

    Bish

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Good food in a great pub atmosphere, with option of eating inside or out. Ample parking in good location with excellent young team running this business

  40. CD

    ClaireD

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best food i've eaten in a long time! The interior is so charming and so are the staff! Absolutely fabulous experience from the start to the finish! We can't wait to return!

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The Red Lion is rated 4.7 stars by 88 OpenTable diners.

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  • Area

    Northampton

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Wed–Fri 18:00–23:00
    Wed–Fri 12:00–15:00
    Sat 12:00–23:00
    Sun 12:00–18:00

  • Cuisines

    English

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    We have a large car park for our customers to use

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01604 696210

  • Catering

    Here at the Red Lion, our aim is to source quality and fresh local ingredients for our dishes, producing food that not only looks amazing but really does speak for itself once tasted. We operate a fresh produce kitchen, which means our food is cooked to order and all made in our kitchens.  We hope our menus appeal not only to classic pub food lovers but also to those who get excited about a twist on traditional favourites. Our Head Chef Emma has a huge amount of experience in menu development and taste profiling as well as creating stunningly delicious dishes. We understand the importance of variety, and we’ll adapt our menu to the changing seasons. From the hearty tastes of autumn to winter warming dishes and then to fabulous fresh flavours of spring and summer. 

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