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The Red Lion Inn, Somerton

Babcary Lane
Postal town: Somerton
TA11 7ED
Phone: 01458223230
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Red Lion Inn

Tucked away along country lanes in the village of Babcary is this village pub, which seems to aimed slightly more at the food market.

I was the only customer on my Saturday lunchtime visit and had a choice of 3 ales. Otter Amber is the regular beer. Guests were Quantock QPA & Fine Tuned Pitch Perfect. They don't currently stock a real cider.

The barman was friendly and happy to chat. Whilst I was seated in the bar area near the entrance, I did make use of the one-way system when heading to/from the gents. The pub is quite spacious, with plenty of seating on either side of the bar. There is also a large outdoor area, that appears to have been put to good use during the warmer summer months.

On 4th November 2020 - rating: 5
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E TA left this review about The Red Lion Inn

Pretty much as described by BrewGuru, this wonderful village pub has a series of open plan rooms which form an L-shaped bar, cosy and is very convivial. The building stands on 14th Century foundations,though most of the current structure is Victorian with a large modern conservatory at the back, and modern adaptations barely fail to hide an original bread oven behind the bar. There is a large gravel car park, whose entrance isn't obvious at first glance, next to which various outbuildings are used as a farm shop and function complex. The pub appears posh but actually caters for everyone in the village, including families. In addition to the a la carte menu, which doesn't really make it a gastro, they serve fresh home-made pizzas, burgers and Sunday roasts, and they use mainly local produce according to the chef. They also do a Curry Night on Wednesdays, well worth the effort to attend. There is a small function room mainly intended for private dinner parties, and they will happily put up their marquee for larger functions. There are also B&B rooms, though these are not cheap. Three ales on, I had Otter and Teingworthy Reel Ale; the third was called Spring Beer but I didn't note the brewery or taste it. There is quite a good wine list, although it is overpriced. Local cider is also available, but again, at a price. Overall I really liked it here, the beers were in excellent condition, the atmosphere wa inclusive (which applies to humans and canines – they even have packets of dog snacks), the setting is very picturesque and placid and the food was excellent. Well worth a visit, but watch the prices.

On 10th July 2017 - rating: 9
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Brew Guru left this review about The Red Lion Inn

Would rate this pub slightly better than the previous review. Yes it has pretensions towards being a gastro pub and there were a lot of people there eating. Drinks wise two real ales, Teignworthy Reel Ale and Cheddar Bitter Bully plus a real cider. The bar is a large central square servery with 3 or 4 rooms interconnected surrounding. At the furthest corner is a small snug with Bagatelle and stone flagged floor. Ordering several rounds of beer is amusing as they have to run out and disappear to the cellar to pour direct from the barrel. The bar man was sweating after we'd finished drinking that night!

On 30th October 2011 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Old Blue
Castle Cary, 6.95 miles, 2 hr 14 min walk (show)
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Latest updates View all updates for The Red Lion Inn, Babcary
4th Nov 2020, 15:09
Review submitted by Blue Scrumpy
15th Mar 2018, 13:51
Picture submitted by Jonathan Wilde approved

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 08 April 2018 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 08 April 2018 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 08 April 2018 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Micropub : No last updated 08 April 2018 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pinball : No last updated 08 April 2018 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Monday - last updated 08 April 2018 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 30 October 2011 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 04 November 2020 by Blue Scrumpy
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 08 April 2018 by Jonathan Wilde
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