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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” (31 reviews)
“liver” (11 reviews)
“curry” (14 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
63 High Street, Swanage BH19 2LY, England
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Reviewed yesterday

A reasonable selection of hot tasty food, plenty of it but you will have to book in advance. The pub is in need of an overhaul as the carpets and decor are 'sticky'. Toilets are outside and could do with a severe make over.

Thank Hazel H
Reviewed 4 days ago

We stayed in Swanage for a long weekend and after not getting a table at the Red Lion one evening we booked for another evening a couple of days later. The menu was traditional home cooked food and and included various specials (including a curry/fish...More

Thank DLF12
Reviewed 4 days ago

Only had a drink here but many people were eating and the food looked very good, there's plenty of outside seating and some is under cover.

Thank Jeni M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had to travel to Swanage to work for a weekend - Thats the downside of this review. Upside ? Grub at the Red Lion Excellent lunch and a few Pints of Rosies Pig on Saturday 26th August. Nice People - Love them all and VERY...More

Thank NICK W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We just beat the rush and ordered 2 steaks. Had a complimentary bottle of red in the deal £25.50 for 2. Wonderful meal and friendly efficient service. Only here for a few days but may try and go back for another meal. The pub was...More

Thank Keith B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in Swanage for a couple of nights and this was easily the best place we found during our stay. My husband went here for lunch and had a enormous Ploughmans which was great. We booked for dinner and it was great. Staff were...More

Thank MrsH007
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having walked through Swanage after 1 lunch time disappointment we decided upon here mainly due to the previous reviews. The menu looked good, but when the food turned up it didn't quite match the description. My wife ordered sausages & mash, described as "a trio...More

Thank Funkadeelia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In Swanage and looking for some straightforward food and found the red lion on trip advisor. Thursday night in the summer holidays meant it was busy but with amble seating in the beer garden we were seated under a gazebo. We ordered some drinks and...More

Thank rwelfare
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We dined on a Sunday evening. The pub was busy and we felt that we were an inconvenience to the staff. The waitress failed to make eye contact when taking our order and rolled her eyes when I asked to add to my order. Plates...More

1  Thank youngmotherhubbard
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sat in the garden on a Sunday for a quick lunch. Both of us had prawn and crab linguine which was alright but nothing special. Tables could have done with a good clean! Staff not very friendly at all and service a little slow. Would...More

Thank louise p
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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
Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, 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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