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At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Garden
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

Owned since late 2015 by four friends, The Red Lion is one for the bird-watchers, although as we’ve probably all watched birds in our time, that means everyone. It happens to be close to Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve, the largest in the south east, whose reed-beds are home to bitterns, marsh harriers, ducks and waders. So, if nearby Canterbury’s medieval streets, lovely as they are, get too busy, this could be where to head. From the front it looks like two gable-ended buildings, one weatherboarded, the other tile hung, joined in the middle by the entrance. This configuration may be explained by the fact that, while originally 15th century, it was rebuilt in 1801 following a fire. The low-ceilinged, boarded and stone-floored interior, with library book wallpaper, could remind one of home, albeit a home with a fair sprinkling of old scales, copper pots, jugs, baskets, horseshoes and tea-lights. To all this add log fires in winter, a secluded, flowery garden for other times and a bar that dispenses changing real ales, such as Gadds’ from Ramsgate or Old Dairy from Tenterden. Pave the way for a meal with a taster of tempura vegetables or share a charcuterie board, then choose a typical starter of sizzling king prawns in garlic and chilli oil; or woodland mushroom bruschetta, followed by a Kentish lamb with carrot and caraway purée, dauphinoise potatoes, seasonal greens and lamb jus; gilt-head sea bream with crushed new potatoes, courgette linguine and sauce vièrge; or, for two, whisky-cured pork ribs with home-made barbecue sauce, onion rings, corn on the cob and salad. For something sweet to finish, there’s treacle tart with lemon sorbet; or apple and pear crumble with crème anglaise.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times:: 11-11 (Sat 11am-11.30pm Sun 12-10.30)
  • Lunch opening:: Mon-Sat 12-3, Sun 12-9
  • Dinner opening:: Mon-Thu 6-9, Fri-Sat 6-9.30, Sun 12-9

Food and drink

  • Real ales:: Greene King IPA, Guinness, guest ales
  • Real ciders:: Somersby
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Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From Canterbury take A257 towards Sandwich, left into Stodmarsh Rd to Stodmarsh

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