Review on Red Lion Inn

A short walk from Carsington Water (Britain's newest reservoir) on the fringes of The Peak District National Park, this well-tended seventeenth-century inn is a gem of a pub. Thankfully, there's been no tampering with the old flagstones and tiled floors or the brick walls hung with old prints, watercolours, photographs, and a motley selection of curios.

One menu is served throughout the place and it offers good-value food with a few hints of ambition, especially when it comes to blackboard specials. Otherwise, the regular menu offers the likes of 'posh' mushrooms on toast topped with Hartington Stilton, fillet of chicken in mustard sauce with chive mash, fish and chips, and Derbyshire steak and ale pie. Lamb dishes are a speciality, while desserts are things like jam roly-poly and custard or chocolate and orange truffle. Real ales are on handpump, and the wine list is a good match for the food.

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Gastro pub

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm last orders (7.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 8.45pm last orders Mon-Sat

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card, American Express

Online Booking Availability for Red Lion Inn

Facilities at Red Lion Inn

  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu


Accomodation is available, (3 rooms)


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


Red Lion Inn
Main Street

Customer Ratings on Red Lion Inn

2.2  / 5

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  • avatar
    September 2016

    9 people found this review helpful
    Dining out with friends

    Last year was excellent, yesterday food was cold. I had rib-eye. Only came with three tomatoes and 7 chips. On a wooden board with numerous deep cuts in it. What was wrong with proper plates. At least the sauce would stop where it was put. What's gone wrong in 12 months. Pedigree was good.

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