User name:

Password:

Login


Sign in with Facebook


Not already a member?
Join our community and - Rate & review pubs - Upload pictures - Add events JOIN for free NOW


Chat about:
Yet another list with Al Bundy on the Pub Forum

Picture of The Red Lion
Image posted by Andy Hemingway
Submitted on Tuesday, 29th May 2007
With picture contributions to 961 other pubs
View all this pub's pictures (1 more image)
Only members may add pictures, click to receive free membership

The Red Lion, Milton Keynes

Simpson Road
Bletchley
Postal town: Milton Keynes
MK1 1BA
Phone: 01908372317
Correct details

Pub Type

Punch Taverns

Served areas

Reviews of The Red Lion (Average Rating: 7 of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

Please Note: This review is over a year old.


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
[User has posted 2054 recommendations about 2054 pubs]


Please Note: This review is over a year old.


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
[User has posted 1748 recommendations about 1683 pubs]


Please Note: This review is over a year old.


Pub SignMan left this review about The Red Lion

Set in a picturesque canalside spot close to Fenny Stratford train station, the Red Lion is a decent two bar pub. The main bar is quite spacious with the servery on the left as you enter and some curved banquette and low stool seating to the right and a fair sized gap between for vertical drinking, should it get particularly busy. The pub was quite lively on my visit and most of the customers were watching the Liverpool v Man Utd clash on the large screen, with a few others enjoying a game of pool on the table at the far end of the room. There's a nice stone fireplace to the left of the bar counter, but generally speaking there's not much of interest in the room, which is decorated with white walls and blue carpet. The second, smaller bar is styled in the same fashion with four tables, another TV screen showing the match and a dartboard. Some maps of the Grand Union Canal are framed on the walls of the corridor leading to the toilets and the accompanying text explained that the Fenny Stratford lock has the smallest drop of all the locks on the canal - just twelve inches. You can admire the lock from the benches out the front or indeed from the attractive grassy rear garden that runs right down to the canalside.
There were three ales on when I arrived - Courage Best, Purity Ubu (£2.80) and Wytchwood Hobgoblin. My pint of Ubu was in good nick and the staff and locals seemed like a friendly and welcoming bunch.
Good beer is seemingly quite hard to come by round these parts, but I left this place feeling that I could rely on it for a decent pint on future visits. It is also a good contender for those wanting a pre-match pint before heading off to the nearby MK Dons stadium.

On 2nd November 2011 - rating: 7
[User has posted 2449 recommendations about 2449 pubs]


View more reviews of The Red Lion (8)
External web links for The Red Lion

No known official website for this pub.

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
16th Mar 2019, 09:59
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard
 
14th Nov 2012, 07:41
Review submitted by Blackthorn _

Pub Details

Pub details supplied by members of this site to the best of their knowledge. Please check with pub directly before making a special trip.

  • 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 .
Local pubs

Icon Key: Picture Recommendation Rating Closed