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The Red Lion, Tring

Vicarage Road
Postal town: Tring
HP23 4LU
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Red Lion

The Red Lion gives that traditional country pub feel in a rural setting. Nice sized public bar with an open fire and then a cosy snug leading to the top bar with wood burning stove. Fortunately we had a fine weather day and were able to bag one of the benches to the front.
Six Ales on for our visit and alongside the usually ubiquitous Shep Neame Spitfire, and Fuller's London Pride were Chiltern Nut Brown Mild and Bucks Best, Hopping Mad Amazing Grace and Rebellion Mutiny and the two Chiltern brewery brews were well kept.
I can fully see why the Red Lion was awarded CAMRA Mid-Chilterns POTY and Bucks POTY in 2013.

On 11th May 2014 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about The Red Lion

Situated in a picturesque location just off the Grand Union Canal (lovely views to be had from the nearby bridge that spans it), this is a lovely old building (C17th?) with a lovely rear garden and a multi-room interior. Ticks a lot of boxes, with a working (if somewhat thinly felted) bar billiards table, darts, piano, real fires, low beams, stone and tiled flooring. Six ales were on during my visit, with beers from Fullers, Vale, Portobello, and Blue.Bird. An eclectic mix of breweries if somewhat samey in style, though quality was pretty good and four halves came in at £6.60 which wasn’t a bad price. Good mix of local clientèle, boaters and a few people who had made a long visit on a minibus to sample. The pub is beyond dog-friendly; in places it almost resembles kennels. An unusual and much-commented on feature were the brown leather topped tables at the rear. A very nice example of what a good village pub should be like and I’d happily seek this one out again.

On 4th July 2013 - rating: 8
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Thuck Phat left this review about The Red Lion

Mr Fastard's comprehensive review below covers the main points so I won't repeat those. We ate in the public bar which is a nice place to be with stone floors, wood furniture and a real coal fire glowing on our visit. The barmaid and locals were friendly and chatty.
The food menu was basic pub nosh and had, I strongly suspect, gone direct from freezer to deep fat fryer. The last time I ate here there were a number of specials available which were a touch more adventurous and freshly cooked so I'm not sure if there's been a change of policy or management or things were kept simple because it was quiet Tuesday evening.
Three ales were offered: London Pride, which was fine, Brains Bitter and SA. Again, that seems to be something of a step down in terms of number of beers offered and with no local brewery ales available. This, I'd hope, is again a mid-week aberration but may be indicative of a management change.
This a great pub which has been offering good food and beer as well as a warm welcome for a long time and I very much hope that my recent visit is a small blip, due to it being mid-week, rather than the start of a decline. I'll definitely return though as it's still a very nice place to be.

UPDATE October 2011

No change to either the food menu or the convivial atmosphere and lit fire but a step forward on the beer front.
Five beers were available: Brains SA and a 3.4% IPA, Oakham Endless Summer, again at 3.4%, London Pride and Rebellion Mutiny. All that we tried, the Endless Summer, Mutiny and Pride were in good condition but 2 beers on at the low strength of 3.4% seems excessive especially when they were being charged at £3.20 with Pride at £3.40 and the rest at £3.30. The strong suspicion of profiteering is reinforced by the presence of 2 unremarkable beers from Brains which is a long way from Marsworth.
I like this pub very much and am pleased that the beer range has improved but I'd really like to see a more careful choice of the 5 available. I will though definitely return.

UPDATE - January 2013

My most recent visit appears to have brought some clarity. The landlord, who runs a delightful, traditional, friendly and cosy village pub, is something of a chancer on the ale front.
Beers offered this time were: Dark Star Hophead, Fullers Pride and Bengal Lancer, McMullens Country and AK, and Adnams Old. Some good beers there and the Hophead and Bengal Lancer were excellent but every time I visit there are always one or two beers from a less well regarded brewery on. This time it was McMullens and the last time it was Brains. I'd guess that the landlord is offered very good deals from these larger breweries and buys their beer in the expectation that it will be profitably drunk by the influx of weekend visitors. Am I reading too much into this? The landlord was drinking Hophead and the regulars were all on Bengal Lancer.
A lovely boozer and well worth a visit especially if you stick with the landlords less profitable beers.

On 23rd January 2013 - rating: 8
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Komakino .
Cheddington, 2.89 miles, 55 min walk (show)
Tring, 3.35 miles, 1 hr 4 min walk (show)
Wendover, 6.63 miles, 2 hr 8 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Red Lion, Marsworth
19th Apr 2018, 18:46
Pub map correction submitted by Komakino . approved
19th Apr 2018, 18:46
Pub map correction submitted by Komakino .

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  • Bar Billiards : Yes last updated 09 May 2010 by David McNally
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 19 April 2018 by Komakino .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 28 February 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 28 February 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • Darts : Yes last updated 09 May 2010 by David McNally
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 04 July 2013 by hondo .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 28 February 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 28 February 2019 by Bucking Fastard
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