Our Food

The Red Lion Chefs delight in creating traditional, homemade meals incorporating both local and seasonal produce at its best. We are very proud to have been the first pub to have become Associate Members of the  New Forest Marque for our use of local New Forest produce. Wherever possible the Chefs insist on buying from the New Forest area.
From fresh, flavoursome ingredients come delicious dishes and here at The Red Lion we love good wholesome food. We scrutinize local suppliers to ensure we only use those who take pride in , and excel at, providing the very best.  The butchers we use at Chalcroft Farm supply us with local meat and steaks, they place the highest emphasis on quality, freshness and supporting local farmers. 
Our menu is almost all homemade and our daily Chef’s Special board features really local dishes. For instance New Forest Venison, in season, from licensed game dealers, part of the sustainable deer management of the New Forest. Being so close to the sea, our 'Chef’s specials' also often feature fresh fish and shellfish dishes, which we endeavour to source as locally as possible. All are Marine Security council approved, from sustainable sources. Fish dishes, especially whole fresh fish, are prepared simply, to enhance the taste and not overwhelm the natural flavour.
We make a daily trip to Snooks Farm during the summer to pick up whole, fresh, dressed Lymington crabs, such a treat, served with a simple fresh salad and new potatoes. A staple of summer;however we can fetch crab at any time, just give us some warning. Look out for our Pudding Boards, where a daily, very tempting selection is available. Our puddings are all homemade on the premises by Angela, using the finest ingredients to make puddings 'just like mother used to make'. We offer a cheeseboard with a selection of Loosehanger Cheeses handmade in the New Forest; award winning cheese maker, we think they are really tasty and hope you will too.

Welcome to our Menu


Homemade venison scotch egg served with gooseberry chutney. £4.95
Classic prawn cocktail with bread and butter  £6.25
Hampshire smoked trout pate with toasted ciabatta £6.95
Tian of local crabmeat and avocado with a frisée salad garnish £6.95
Crispy baby squid with lime mayonnaise and a salad garnish £5.95
Homemade wild mushroom and tarragon pate with toasted ciabatta £5.95
Loosehanger Farm White Hart cheese baked with rosemary and garlic served warm to share with homemade breadsticks £11.95
Homemade taste and share platter -  homemade crab and spring onion fishcake, Hampshire smoked trout pate, a homemade venison scotch egg with homemade chutney, homemade wild mushroom and tarragon pate and bread £15.95

Red Lion Traditional Favourites

The Red Lion's famous individual homemade steak and Ringwood ale pie in shortcrust pastry served with homemade mash, vegetables and gravy £11.45
Home cooked Hampshire ham with New Forest free-range fried eggs, piccalilli, chunky chips and peas  £9.95
Free range 1/2 chicken roasted with your choice of glaze ( barbecue, lemon & thyme or honey mustard ) with hand cut chips and homemade red cabbage slaw £10.95
Traditional Ringwood Ale hand battered cod loin served with chunky chips,  tartare sauce and homemade mushy peas  £10.95

Homemade burgers -

prime Hampshire beef    
barbecue pulled pork
Free range chicken breast
Grilled aubergine, courgette and sweet peppers with smoked cheese
All served in a local ciabatta bun garnished with salad and pickle, served with chunky chips and homemade red cabbage slaw  £10.95*

*Add - caramelised red onion, cheddar, stilton, mushrooms, bacon - .50p each

Prime locally sourced Meat Dishes  
Cider braised Hampshire pork  belly on homemade apple mash with red wine gravy, Savoy cabbage fried with bacon and homemade gooseberry chutney. £14.95
Our steaks have been aged  to ensure a quality and flavour that we are sure you will appreciate. Our beef steaks are from Hampshire.
11oz  Hampshire fillet steak on the bone   £22.50
Hampshire sirloin steaks, hand cut to order, dressed with tarragon butter
7oz £16.95.   9oz £21.00.   12oz £25.95

Our steaks are served with homemade chips fried in beef dripping, sautéed mushrooms, vine roasted cherry tomatoes, and rocket. All steaks are approximate uncooked weight including bone.

Summer Salads

House salad with homemade dressing and croutons- choose one of these options;
Homemade courgette and sweet corn fritters 
Smoked Hampshire trout pate
Free range chicken breast

Please see our starter and burger sections for more vegetarian dishes

*if you are a vegetarian who would like more options please let us know, in advance if possible, and we will endeavour to offer another choice.

Chef's Specials Board

  We feature a variety of homemade dishes, including fish, meat and vegetarian choices. On Sundays we offer at least two traditional roasts from 12pm and in season local shellfish and game. If you are a vegetarian or have specific dietary restrictions please talk to us and we will do our best to adapt to your requirements.

Lunchtimes Monday to Saturday

We offer Country Lunches in addition to the main menu -local ciabattas with a choice of fillings,  or plough platters of cheese and ham or homemade mushroom and tarragon pate .