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 supply us with local meat and steaks, they place the highest emphasis on quality, freshness and supporting local farmers.
Our menu is fully homemade (with just one exception - our chips!) 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 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.
In warmer months, we make a daily trip to Snooks Farm to pick up whole, fresh, dressed Lymington crabs, such a treat, served with a simple fresh salad and new potatoes. A harbinger 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, using the finest ingredients to make puddings 'just like mother used to make'. We offer a cheeseboard with a selection of gold award winning Loosehanger Cheeses handmade in the New Forest; we think they are really tasty and hope you will too.
Welcome to our Menu- Please note that I am finding time to update this right now- Christmas 2013.
Chef's homemade soup of the day £4.95
Loosehanger Farm goats cheese served on a crouton with homemade red onion marmalade £6.95
Mushrooms in a creamy New Forest blue sauce on toasted bread £5.90
Prawn and smoked salmon cocktail served with a wedge of Lemon and organic bread and butter £6.25
Tempura battered black pudding with slices of caramelised apple £5.95
Homemade New Forest venison pate with organic bread and butter £6.95
Whole shelled king prawns rolled in lime and coconut, deep fried until crisp £6.75
Red Lion Traditional Favourites
The Red Lion's famous homemade steak and Ringwood ale pie served with homemade mash and vegetables £11.90
A trio of Chef's homemade sausages of the day on homemade mash with rich onion gravy and peas £10.50
Gammon steak home marinaded with ale and orange, with New Forest free-range fried eggs, chunky chips and peas £9.95
Foresters free-range chicken breast with smoked bacon and barbecue sauce under cheddar cheese, with chunky chips and Salad £10.95
Traditional Ringwood Ale hand battered Cod served with chunky chips and peas £10.25
Red Lion homemade 8oz prime Hampshire beef burger with chunky chips and salad £9.95*
*Add - caramelised red onion, cheddar, stilton, mushrooms, bacon - .50p each
Prime locally sourced Meat Dishes
Our celebrated pork duo - slow roasted pork belly with a black pudding, apricot and herb stuffing on homemade horseradish mash plus pan fried pork fillet on cabbage and bacon with a rich red wine and garlic sauce and slivers of crisp crackling £14.95*
Homemade Beef Wellington - fillet steak, homemade venison pate and mushroom baked in pastry, served pink only, with a rich redcurrant gravy. £18.95 *
*both these dishes require slow cooking and are not available on Sunday lunchtimes.
Our steaks have been aged to ensure a quality and flavour that we are sure you will appreciate. Our beef steaks are from Hampshire.
8oz aged Rump Steak £16.95
12oz aged Fillet steak on the bone £19.95
Our steaks are served with traditional trimmings of Chunky Chips, Onions fried with Mushrooms, a whole Tomato and Peas. All steaks are approximate uncooked weight including bone.
Fish and Vegetarian Dishes
Homemade breaded crab and spring onion fishcakes, with a hint of fresh chilli, served with Salad and Chunky Chips £11.90
Creamy homemade smoked salmon and king prawn risotto served with a side salad £11.45
Fresh poached sea trout supreme served on sauteed potatoes and leeks with a creamy horseradish sauce £12.95
Homebreaded cod cheeks, deep fried and served with chunky chips, salad and homemade tartare sauce £10.25
Homemade rice and vegetable rissoles served with salad, chunky chips and homemade sweet chilli dressing £
Homemade vegetable and lentil 'cottage pie' topped with sweet potato mash and glazed with goats cheese £10.50
We also offer a Bar Snacks menu on Monday to Saturday lunchtimes, however we do not reserve tables for snack lunches.