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The Red Lion

$$ - $$$, British,
63 High Street, Swanage BH19 2LY, England
+44 1929 423533
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good41%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (32 reviews)
“liver” (11 reviews)
“curry” (15 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
63 High Street, Swanage BH19 2LY, England
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1 - 10 of 405 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited this pub on every day that we stayed in Swanage - for the simple reason that it was the best pub in the town for beer. There was a wide variety of real ales direct from the barrel.

Thank Drew186305
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed here on business for 3 nights & only had heating in the room for 1 night! Rooms are accessed in the court yard so the draught around the un curtained door along with no heating was a very cold experience and one not to...More

1  Thank 708helen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited as a venue for the Blues festival having not been in this pub before. We had a very good meal which was reasonably priced. There is a good choice on the menu, the daily special, a curry was very good. Dogs are allowed...More

Thank Gill B
Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

I love this pub, they have a great range of ciders and the beer is well kept, I recommend the Otter. We usually just drink here but ate here earlier this week. Not fine dining, but good quality pub food. The curry option is great...More

Thank SurreyDays
Reviewed 22 January 2018

If you want fine dining, stop reading now, but if you enjoy good beer, pub food and decent portions after a days walking, then our experience was that this is a great place to come. Tried it twice, first on Friday night steak night and...More

Thank Steve I
Reviewed 21 January 2018

Popped in for a late lunch after a lovely long walk on the beach with the dogs, luckily they allow the dogs in, staff were very friendly and helpful with trying to accommodate us as there were six of us and 3 dogs, we really...More

Thank Maria K
Reviewed 14 January 2018

Have not been to the Lion since we moved out of Swanage. Used to be my local, even played in the darts team!! Anyway need a place to meet up, ten of us, for a meal. I had not eaten there much previously, but this...More

Thank SLELWool
Reviewed 13 January 2018

Filthy dirty pub in need of renovation Had meal chose homemade steak and kidney pudding and fish pie because they were homemade. Shame they were just put in microwave and mullered. The steak and kidney pudding ended up with an inedible cardboard lid and the...More

Thank 510foodie
Reviewed 3 January 2018

This is the first bar I visit every time I go to Swanage which is about 5 x per year.The cider menu is a must for cider lovers.The food was plentifull/tasty/good service and very reasonably priced.Staff superb, A previous Dorset Real Ale pub of the...More

Thank MicknNorma
Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

Ham egg and chips, pint of beer. Say by the bar. Beer fine, ham egg and chips? Basic but fair enough at modest price. Got a bit tiresome listening to bar maid gas none stop to three-four girlfriends in the bar. Then got very tiresome...More

Thank Tony B
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Questions & Answers
14 September 2016|
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Response from wayne47 | Reviewed this property |
£25 I think and yes it is for 2 people each getting an 8oz rib eye chips peas onion rings breaded mushrooms grilled tomato and salad +1 bottle of wine
22 August 2016|
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Response from bobthebuilder1974 | Reviewed this property |
from around £6 to £19.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 63 High Street, Swanage BH19 2LY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Isle of Purbeck  >  Swanage
  • Phone Number: +44 1929 423533
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