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The Red Lion, Milton Keynes

Simpson Road
Bletchley
Postal town: Milton Keynes
MK1 1BA
Phone: 01908372317
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Red Lion

The Red Lion was closed for a funeral, the last time we tried to visit here in 2016. This time our visit to Fenny Stratford was impacted by the (hopefully temporary) closure of the 2023 Good Beer-listed Chequers up the road. However, we did finally get around to having a drink in the Red Lion.

Tucked away on a dead end road next to the Grand Union Canal, the pub has a couple of rooms. It was fairly quiet on our Sunday afternoon visit, with the only other customers leaving as we arrived.

The ale range was limited to Fuller's London Pride & Greene King IPA, but staff were all fairly friendly and chatty. The pub cat seemed more interested in asking for some milk than requiring any attention.

There is a covered drinking/smoking area and a garden at the rear overlooking the canal. If using the car park, you need to input your registration into the tablet at the bar. Even the local delivery driver had to enter his van to avoid incurring a fine.

On 25th January 2023 - rating: 5
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Red Lion

ORIGINAL REVIEW June 2011

Much improved since my last visit ,there are now 4 handpumps with GK brewed Ruddles County a regular,a guest (Wadsworth Henry's IPA ) and a second guest at the weekend.The fourth handpump dispenses a traditional cider.Judging by the collection of pump clips,there has been some interesting ale on offer in here and my Henry's IPA was very well kept and quaffable.The main bar has Sky sports TV and a pool table , has been refurbished and is clean while to the side is a quieter area for drinking with another flat screen ,a dartboard and it's own bar with a small bell to attract attention.The Red Lion is popular with the local motor bike club , has a real community feel and a chatty barmaid.Best ale in Fenny by a considerable distance.

UPDATE

A sympathetic refurb has smartened up the interior and the small side snug is now more of a quiet dining area,with food now generally available.The pool table has gone but worryingly the large flatscreen ,which should only be used for sport ideally,was tuned to Emmerdale and was dominating the interior.It's a GBG regular and has 4 ales on my Wednesday evening visit with a very decent TT Landlord,Tring Bring me Sunshine ,6X(why?) and something else I failed to note.There is now a very decent beer garden with views over the canal.This is a reliable,friendly boozer in an interesting location.

On 16th March 2019 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Red Lion

A slightly down at heel boozer which when approached by car is in an uninspiring location down a dead end street in the middle of an industrial estate. Once you're there though, or if approaching by boat or along the towpath, you find an idyllic location alongside the canal, immediately adjacent to the lock, a small hand-operated swing bridge and opposite what was presumably at one time the lock-keepers cottage.

The main bar area is fairly non-descript with cream plasterwork on the walls, bench seating around the perimeter, old blue carpet on the floor, a small brick fire-place to one side with a plasma stuck on the wall above it, although this was not in use when I visited. Off to the right is a pool table and somewhat unusually a lighting rig and glitter ball on the ceiling, perhaps hinting at a slightly livelier atmosphere on occasions.

To the left is a smaller room with a darts board, another plasma and a fruit machine. A selection of 80's music was playing. Outside is a garden with several benches to make the most of the location, along with a small marquee for more inclement weather. It was fairly quiet on a recent early Tuesday evening visit, with just three or four locals sat at the bar using some rather colourful language.

Beers on tap were a little disappointing considering the Camra accolades that the pub has received, and were just Tribute and Wharf Bank Brewery's Best Bitter. A third pump clip advertised a Honey Blond beer that was apparently "coming Friday". Ciders were Strongbow and Weston's Old Rosie. The pub does not offer any food, which is somewhat unusual given it's location.

On 14th November 2012 - rating: 5
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Bucking Fastard
Fenny Stratford, 0.19 miles, 3 min walk (show)
Bow Brickhill, 1.26 miles, 24 min walk (show)
Bletchley, 1.33 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Red Lion, Bletchley
25th Jan 2023, 18:07
Review submitted by Blue Scrumpy
 
16th Mar 2019, 09:59
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 01 May 2019 by Komakino .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 01 May 2019 by Komakino .
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 01 May 2019 by Komakino .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 16 March 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 01 May 2019 by Komakino .
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 16 March 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 01 May 2019 by Komakino .
  • Darts : Yes last updated 16 March 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 16 March 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 01 May 2019 by Komakino .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 16 March 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 01 May 2019 by Komakino .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 01 May 2019 by Komakino .
  • Live Music : No last updated 01 May 2019 by Komakino .
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - BT Sport - last updated 16 March 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • Micropub : No last updated 05 April 2019 by Blackthorn _
  • Pinball : No last updated 01 May 2019 by Komakino .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 16 March 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 01 May 2019 by Komakino .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 01 May 2019 by Komakino .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 01 May 2019 by Komakino .
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 01 May 2019 by Komakino .
  • WiFi : Yes - The Cloud - last updated 01 May 2019 by Komakino .
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