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The Red Lion Hotel, Winfrith Newburgh, Dorchester

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E TA left this review about The Red Lion Hotel

A large roadside inn currently owned by Hall and Woodhouse.  The setting is not pretty due to its proximity to the main road and an unattractive car par.  The main outside area is the covered paved terrace at the front, fine for smokers and car spotters, but too noisy for most people.  Inside, the main bar is formed from an open plan arrangement with various snugs and crannies, creating a pleasant atmosphere.  It’s been nicely refurbished with oak panelling, a mix of wood and stone floors and enough tables and chairs to be comfortable.  There was unobtrusive background music, mainly drowned out by inane waffling from a bunch of overweight men wearing dodgy sandals.  Standard chain food was available, adequately microwaved and served with a smile.  Three ales on, all from Badger, all in reasonable condition.  It’s a pleasant enough place to stop if passing, but it was a bit lacking in a proper pub feel. 

On 30th August 2017 - rating: 6
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BobOs . left this review about The Red Lion Hotel

Very pleasant pub and an ideal stop while travelling. A good welcome and efficient service, the pub is clean and well presented. The beers are kept well - the Tanglefoot was spot-on and the Palmer's Lemony Cricket was, well, different. The food is very good and the menu quite extensive and a little bit different - however it is quite expensive and the portions are not generous. Above average.

On 16th July 2011 - rating: 7
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Old Boots left this review about The Red Lion Hotel

This is what used to be called “a roadhouse” during the golden age of motoring, a biggish pub beside the main Wareham to Dorchester road. The interior is a lovely old 1930s brewers tudor rendition, with wood panelling, low ceilings, diamond leaded window partions and a nice carved front to the bar. Two main rooms with dark furniture and two bar counters. Hall and Woodhouse's Badger beers, including Tanglefoot and Lemony Cricket, not my favourite brewer but the beer was well enough kept. The ales are supported by the usual mass market lagers, stout and ciders plus HB export which I believe is a German import. Food served all day according to the signs inside and out, however the staff seemed rather bored by it all.

On 12th November 2009 - no rating submitted
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Map location corrected by Old Blue
Wool, 2.96 miles, 57 min walk (show)
Moreton (Dorset), 4.1 miles, 1 hr 19 min walk (show)
Wareham, 8.56 miles, 2 hr 45 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Red Lion Hotel, Dorchester
30th Aug 2017, 07:10
Review submitted by E TA
18th Jul 2011, 17:23
Picture submitted by BobOs . approved

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  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 12 November 2009 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 12 November 2009 by hondo .
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