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Ye Olde Red Lion, Sutton

Pub added by Malden man
17 Park Road
Postal town: Sutton
Phone: 02086425108

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Pub SignMan left this review about Ye Olde Red Lion

Tucked away down a side street near the church and library, this is a 400 year old pub that has retained much of its multiple room layout. Stonegate can be a bit hit and miss when it comes to pub quality in my experience, but this must rank as one of their better efforts. You enter past a nice front patio which was proving very popular on a warm July afternoon, through some fine stained glass front doors bearing the image of a lion and the pub's name. Two U-shaped banquettes under the front windows offer the main seating options in the main bar area, which sees a central servery opposite the front door. To the right there is a huge fireplace with an old range and a stone elephant inside. Good wood panelling, some of which details the pub's golf society captains through the years, can be found here alongside some comfortable seating and a stack of board games. A passage to the right of the bar leads you down a bare boarded walkway where you will find a small, single table snug to the right. The passage turns to the left though, brining you into the rear bar, served by the same central servery and furnished in a relatively basic fashion, but notable for the great collection of historic photos of Cheam on the walls. From here, you can access the left hand room, which you can also reach from the front bar. This is a slightly larger space with plenty more seating, wood panelling and a TV screen which was airing the quiz show Pointless to nobody. How apt. There are nice fireplaces in both the left and rear rooms, although not quite on a par with the grand one to the right. A door to the left leads out to a very popular and pleasant looking beer garden with lots of decent furniture. Music played throughout my visit, but this was lost in the general din of what appeared to be a very popular Sunday afternoon session.
There were lots of handpulls in operation, albeit dispensing national brands. Options were Youngs Ordinary, Hogs Back TEA, Black Sheep Bitter and Robinsons Dizzy Blonde, with Fullers London Pride and Greene King IPA due to come on later. My Dizzy Blonde was pint of the day and served to me by a chaotic but good-humoured barmaid who caused much hilarity by inadvertently implying that I was in a relationship with the bloke stood next to me at the bar (I think she was trying to ask if we were ordering our beers together!).
This was by far the busiest pub I visited on a mini-crawl around Cheam and I would suggest that is simply because it is the best pub in Cheam. The pub has a nice rural feel to it, a good garden and a decent range of well kept ales and the locals seem to appreciate that winning combination. A good end to a nice summer's day out and my first port of call the next time I'm in the area.

On 14th July 2016 - rating: 7
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Nick Davies left this review about Ye Olde Red Lion

A very pleasant multi-roomed local basically unchanged for many years. Stonegate seem to be one of the more responsible companies and hopefully they won't tamper too much. Plenty of nooks and crannies making it cosy in the winter and pleasant outdoor areas too. Beers: usually one or two more unusual selections given they're choosing from a corporate list, and wisely pick to to give variety. Cheam is well-endowed with pubs; this is one of the best.

On 13th August 2013 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about Ye Olde Red Lion

This pub had a surprisingly good ale choice for its location – tucked away down a side street off Cheam High St. Young’s Bitter, Jenning’s Cumberland and Dorking Black were the offerings, with another pump apparently unused. The Cumberland (£2.95 a pint) went down very well indeed. This is a Stonegate pub, thus a standard glossy menu was on display offering the usual pub grub meal deals.
There’s a print in the main bar proclaiming that the pub is 400 years old. Personally I take that with a pinch of salt, although I would not be surprised to learn that there had been a pub on the site for that long. The current bulding looks as if it has been extended in all directions, and now has a separate room on the left connected to the main bar by an archway. Both the doorway to the main bar, and to the bar on the left, boast some very attractive leaded light doors incorporating the name of the pub. There’s a load of other pub related decor, including a Red Lion Golf Society honours board next to the fireplace on the right, plus masses of black and white photographs of Old Cheam.
This is a proper pub, and is one not to be missed on any crawl of Cheam.

On 31st May 2012 - rating: 7
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Malden man left this review about Ye Olde Red Lion

A seemingly rather old building with low beamed ceilings in the main bar area. Several interconnecting areas around the central bar. Wood floors and mainly traditional style seating with upholstered benches and chairs. The beer is good value here, Pride, Youngs Ordinary and Harveys Sussex Best. My Harveys was £2.40. There was a tv on an end wall showing the World Cup football. Large garden area to the side, and also a few bench seats to the frontage.
Decor internally consists of the usual scattering of old local photos plus a display board for the pub golfing society.

On 3rd July 2010 - rating: 6
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