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The Red Lion, Hitchin

The Green
Postal town: Hitchin

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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Red Lion

A true gem,this is a community owned free house with a very good reputation for both real ale and home cooked food.Entering this Georgian building from the front door ,a small bar is immediately ahead,while to the left is a carpeted lounge with farmhouse style furniture,a real fire and hop vines hanging from the central beam.To the right is a darts room with a wood burner , a couple of tables and bench seating and photos of the local cricket team who are based here.Beyond the bar,there is a charming small back lounge with a door to a good sized garden.The atmosphere is traditional with no sign of musak,fruit machines or anything else to disturb those wanting to enjoy good ale or fine food.
There are five handpumps with London Pride and Young's Bitter always on ,and three guests Adnams Old Ale,Mighty Oak Ford Prefect and a wonderful,well kept Newby Wyke's Kingston Topaz on my trip.A GBG regular as you would expect.
I didn't eat ,but there is a kitchen off the darts room,proper cooking at work here.Note that the pub closes in the afternoon at 2.30pm (Sunday 3.30pm) and food service a half hour earlier.
I wouldn't hestiate to return,this is a great country pub saved by the villagers for all to enjoy.

On 4th February 2011 - rating: 9
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Keith Blaxill left this review about The Red Lion

Super pub, in good location, nice atmosphere, fine selection of well kept beers (frequent local CAMRA awards), wholesome food, attractive gardens. A fantastic base for a walk - but why is it always the grotty pubs that stay open all afternoon and not gems like this?

On 8th February 2007 - rating: 10
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