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General => General Discussion => Topic started by: tdres on August 21, 2012, 09:12:00 AM



Title: Red Lion refurb
Post by: tdres on August 21, 2012, 09:12:00 AM
I see there is a sign on the Red Lion saying 'closed for refurb' and the 'For Lease' sign has been taken down.

Any news? I heard a rumour that it was being turned into a more restauranty establishment, but have no more than that.


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: craigvmax on August 21, 2012, 09:23:13 AM
yes i saw the sign last night, be great if so.


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: Admin on August 21, 2012, 09:39:57 AM
Yes - I gather that it will be closed for six weeks and that new tenant Dominic who runs Woody's (?) in Kingston aims to make it more of a bar restaurant.  I am told that Woody's has a good chef who will be coming to the Red Lion.

Let's hope that works out well.


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: craigvmax on August 21, 2012, 09:41:49 AM
happy days, wish them every success


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: tdres on August 21, 2012, 10:22:40 AM
That's interesting. Thanks.

Hopefully, if they keep the same opening hours as Kingston, that will mean a bit less late night noise and maybe a quieter clientele. (Though to be fair The Red Lion hasn't been bad noise-wise under the current management.)


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: Rhodrich on August 21, 2012, 10:33:37 AM
I've never seen a pub that's more in need of a refurb.  The fact that the door to the rear 'conservatory' still has a 'we take Access' (predecessor to Mastercard) sign on it says it all.  Very glad to see that some money is being spent on it, rather than it going the way of the Olde Harrow  (Any word on the planning appeal on that front?)

Let's hope they keep the pool table and dart board.  Somehow I doubt they will :(


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: Juninho on August 21, 2012, 10:56:28 AM
And I guess that means no more Sweet Pea...

:(

That said the OH pointed out that I have got Sweet Pea takeway twice this year...



Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: craigvmax on August 21, 2012, 10:58:24 AM
nice post count ;)


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: Juninho on August 21, 2012, 11:32:56 AM
Darn - I should've realised before I made that post !!

Ah well!

ruined it now!
Quote from: craigvmax on August 21, 2012, 10:58:24 AM
nice post count ;)


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: Rhodrich on August 21, 2012, 11:35:12 AM
I'll wait until Juninho gets 944 posts before I get too excited   :P


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: craigvmax on August 21, 2012, 11:42:46 AM
:D


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: Thames Dittonite on August 21, 2012, 02:13:25 PM
That is really good news.  Woodys in Kingston is great.  Just what the village needs!  Reckon it will do really well.
Let's hope they don't go building any aircraft hangers and hack off the residents before they open.


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: craigvmax on August 21, 2012, 02:35:11 PM
:D


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: rudi on August 21, 2012, 08:32:40 PM
Quote from: Rhodrich on August 21, 2012, 10:33:37 AM
rather than it going the way of the Olde Harrow  (Any word on the planning appeal on that front?)


Yes, the development was approved on appeal. 


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: Ratty on August 21, 2012, 09:10:54 PM
Quote from: Rhodrich on August 21, 2012, 10:33:37 AM
Let's hope they keep the pool table and dart board.  Somehow I doubt they will :(


I'd like to see a return of the bar billiards table they used to have. The more you drink the better you get!


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: craigvmax on August 21, 2012, 09:21:13 PM
Sounds a good night out!


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: Juninho on August 22, 2012, 09:08:07 AM
I always find with pub/bar games (darts, pool, etc etc) - there is a bell curve like effect ... the more you drink the better you get until to a certain point where it starts to deteriorate!

And fast.

Hmm perhaps bell curve is the wrong description - the picture would look more like a hill that leads to a cliff!!

Quote from: Ratty on August 21, 2012, 09:10:54 PM
I'd like to see a return of the bar billiards table they used to have. The more you drink the better you get!


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: craigvmax on August 22, 2012, 09:39:07 AM
yup agree


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: craigvmax on August 22, 2012, 11:02:24 AM
do we know if it's going to be another woody's or a new venture?


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: BlueSky on September 12, 2012, 09:56:10 AM
Will this be a sports bar as the Swan don't show any and the George is Rugby focused. Perhaps, they may go down the route of American Cheers style bar being "woodys" or maybe alternative ski / snowboarding / bmx etc. Either option will be welcome - I hope a traditional pub is not planned, we have those!


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: craigvmax on September 12, 2012, 11:03:00 AM
dont get the impression it will be a sports bar but I may be wrong.


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: speerroadres on September 13, 2012, 07:59:19 PM
I think they are turning it into 'The Beige Lion', or if you are being really modern 'The Taupe Lion'.  I thought it was 'The Grey Lion', but I think that was the undercoat. 


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: craigvmax on September 13, 2012, 10:12:28 PM
I think it already looks heaps better


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: craigvmax on September 17, 2012, 11:41:15 AM
anyone got an opening date? Its been 4 weeks already


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: Juninho on September 19, 2012, 10:40:37 AM
Its been a while but I reckon we need another TD pub crawl and we can time it to include the refurbed red lion when it opens?

Erm - might have to be before the end of October for me as I can't see myself having any time from early November onwards... 
Quote from: craigvmax on September 17, 2012, 11:41:15 AM
anyone got an opening date? Its been 4 weeks already


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: Deborah on September 19, 2012, 01:07:53 PM
I'd be up for that. Probably better earlier in October ?


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: Juninho on September 19, 2012, 02:23:34 PM
Works for me!

Possibly the first weekend in October? Or failing that the second?

I'll check the calendars etc and start a new thread and we can just hope the red lion has been re opened in time!
Quote from: deborahtosler on September 19, 2012, 01:07:53 PM
I'd be up for that. Probably better earlier in October ?


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: Dilys on September 25, 2012, 11:14:16 PM
From what I heard it was going to be a gay bar!


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: Admin on September 26, 2012, 07:26:22 AM
I think the Lion intends to reopen in a fortnight or so, though works to replace the conservatory with a better structure (subject to pp) would continue.

As for its likely clientele and how merry and bright that will be, we shall see


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: rudi on September 26, 2012, 08:22:06 AM
Quote from: Dilys on September 25, 2012, 11:14:16 PM
From what I heard it was going to be a gay bar!


I assume who ever told you this was trying to be vaguely sarcastic and should drag themselves into the 21st century - just because its painted in nice tasteful colours and the new owner obviously has pride in its appearance.... doesn't mean its out of place in THD - which was probably their inference with the gay bar comment! 


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: craigvmax on September 26, 2012, 09:06:27 AM
agree


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: craigvmax on October 16, 2012, 08:47:58 AM
its looking really good in there, opening imminent!


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: tdres on October 17, 2012, 09:42:22 AM
The outside is looking very smart and there was quite a lot of activity last night - looked like staff training.
Still not finished inside - yes, I've turned into a peeping tom - but shouldn't be long now.

Fingers crossed that the exterior impression is a good reflection of the quality of the overall establishment!


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: Juninho on October 17, 2012, 10:24:36 AM
Id suggest a pub crawl but we've had one recently...


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: craigvmax on October 19, 2012, 08:38:31 AM
was there for the launch last night, they've done a great job in there, its going to be a real asset to the village.


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: rudi on October 19, 2012, 01:23:19 PM
Totally agree - we also went and it was a great night and a fantastic turn out from the villagers,  which is encouraging... really wish them well. We've got from Manchester down for the weekend so we will be taking them there one evening!


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: tdres on October 19, 2012, 01:35:49 PM
Didn't know it was an open invitation, or we would have gone too!


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: Admin on October 19, 2012, 03:52:10 PM
I popped in today.  Very congenial, and I like the new sign too
[img width=500 height=470]http://residents-association.com/images/lion_staff.jpg[/img]

(http://residents-association.com/images/red_lion_barmaids.jpg)

Moreover, I gather that Dominic will be living in the flat over the pub, so that's an excellent sign too!


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: peter on October 19, 2012, 04:07:03 PM
ooh - great pics!   :P 

I'm hopefully popping in this evening and will be trying out some of their menu - if anyone sampled yesterday, please pass on any recommendations.   Very exciting...


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: Juninho on October 19, 2012, 05:24:48 PM
Ah such a shame - we are having an NCT group meeting in the Swan !

Hmm maybe I can convince some people to go the Red Lion after that?

A mini informal pub crawl!

I like it!


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: craigvmax on October 20, 2012, 09:58:24 PM
I just took the kids for an early dinner, can recommend!


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: Thames Dittonite on October 23, 2012, 11:22:45 AM
I took the kids for lunch on Saturday and the food was great.  HUGE portions as well.  I think they need to up their marketing as it was very quiet in there.  Still, early days.


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: BlueSky on October 23, 2012, 02:37:38 PM
Yes, early days - interesting choice of furniture!


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: rudi on October 23, 2012, 11:00:48 PM
We went - the food was very good and generous helpings - no complaints. Like the electic furnishings... rather funky. 


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: craigvmax on October 23, 2012, 11:20:17 PM
I was in tonight too, enjoying the 'Freedom beer'


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: Juninho on November 08, 2012, 09:33:36 AM
Sorry late posting but we went there on Sunday for a roast and the food was lovely from the roast to the apple pie at the end.

The decor is a bit strange to some but I like it!

And I do like the brooklyn 'dark' slightly bitter lager too.



Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: Admin on November 08, 2012, 10:25:27 AM
Excellent.  We aim to give it a try soon.

I like the  lion's head  doorknocker sign, and it seems to me that that and other hints of quirkiness fit well with the many beloved eccentricities of this village.


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: Deborah on January 25, 2013, 09:57:23 AM
Had a really nice meal in the Red Lion last night. My daughter was impressed as well. Only down part was £6.70 for a Malibu and Coke - unless I'm geeting old and don't live in the real world!


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: craigvmax on January 25, 2013, 10:16:17 AM
drinking Malibu and Coke you're living in 1984 ;)


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: Ratty on January 25, 2013, 12:36:45 PM
I'd love a Babysham!


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: craigvmax on January 25, 2013, 01:34:40 PM
hahahaha, glace cherry!


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: Deborah on January 25, 2013, 01:51:20 PM
Will have to tell my daughter. I enjoyed a carafe of wine.


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: craigvmax on January 25, 2013, 02:06:20 PM
ah lovely. I do like it in there.


Title: Re: Red Lion refurb
Post by: Dilys on January 25, 2013, 09:25:57 PM
Wha wha wha.


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