“ Ansty Road / Walsgrave / Coventry / Tel:(024) 7661 2168 „
On a recent Sunday I was bored as hell and a mate called and asked if I fancied going out and sighting up a couple of pubs for our future nights out. Bit bored of our usual haunts it's become time for a change so I slung on me boob tube and hot pants (yeah ok lol) and off we went on the rampage! One of the pubs we came across was this one and I thought I would review it as it's a little gem!
The Red Lion Pub (was a harvester till recently)
Telephone 024 76612168
Monday-Saturday 12 Noon - Till 11pm, Sunday 12 Noon - 10.30pm
Mon/Tues 12 Noon - 2.30pm and 5pm - till 9pm
Wed/Thurs 12 Noon - 2.30pm and 5pm- 9.30pm
Fri 12 Noon - till 2.30pm and 5pm- 10pm
Sat 12 Noon- till 10pm
Sun 12 noon- till 9pm
Please note that children are only allowed in if eating and only till 9pm at night.
Well its on a busy main road that is about 4 miles from Coventry city centre. It's around 8 quid in a cab from here or there is a bus stop right outside and it's the number 33 bus route! I know cos I've travelled from here. Locally there are other pubs and takeaways etc so not bad if you want to go other places!
The pub itself is huge. Brick built, lots of windows, double doors to the side of the building for prams and wheelchairs and the whole place from the outside looks clean and tidy. To the side there is of course a free car-park though it isn't massive my mate did comment how easy she found it to park lol As you approach the pub opening there is a seating area with a few rickety old benches and a few are covered by heaters and umbrellas but you have to fight to get anywhere near them!
Once inside it's really surprisingly nice. I have no idea why I'm surprised but I just was. It's kind of old meets new. You've got laminate floors and dark carpet, cream walls and some blue ones, dark furniture and book cases and pictures on the wall. The seating is all dark but all different (leather and material, some stools, high back huge chairs etc) and the layout of the pub is just fabulous. It's one room but kind of partitioned so you feel quite private. Lots of nooks and crannies so you can be out in public or choose a quieter area it's up to you. Oak long bar clearly stating what offers are on, with every kind of drink you can imagine including teas, coffees and hot chocolate and great friendly staff (and lots of them on). Pop music played into the pub but low enough to hear yourself speak and no stark bright lighting which really does get on my nerves.
This pub is full of locals. Although a well established eating environment it's still very much a community hub of a pub. All ages, groups of guys and gals, lots of couples and families on a Sunday night this was rather busy (was a quiz night too!). Very friendly and very un intimidating it doesn't feel like the kind of place you'd come to pull! It's very nonthreatening and perfect for a couple of girls to have a drink and not get pestered the hell out of. This is not a 'label' pub but everyone looked smart and tidy and it isn't one bit pretencious.
Now as I stated earlier yes this is a pub and when we got there food was still meant to be being served but it wasnt, no one at all was eating. The place up until recently was a harvester resteraunt pub, overpriced and not good (in my opinion) and now the menu appears much cheaper and a really nice selection of food. Now I haven't eaten here but this pub has a similar menu to its 'sister' pub (one of my favourites The Holyhead. I have written a review about it). Starters, main courses and nice desserts, the menu has plenty to choose from. Your looking at about £3.00 a starter, £5.00- £8.00 main and £3.00-4.00 for a dessert. There seems to be plenty of low fat, light bite and vegetarian options on the menu. Lots of pubs classics like scampi and chips, curries, home made pies etc and there are special nights of food offers and curries nights (please enquire if interested). Sunday lunch is served of course on a sunday!
All major debit and credit cards are excepted.
Out the back of the pub is a huge garden with lots of benches all very well spaced out with brollies and there is a huge wooden shelter with a big table with huge hot heaters for smokers which get really hot. Absolutely perfect, really warm and a really great and busy addition to the pub. The garden isn't pretty as such but it's well kept and very tidy. Now on the website I'm told there is a childrens play area. Well I didnt see one of them at all so whether it has been removed since the pub stopped being a harvester I'm not sure.
The toilets were a bit of a let down considering the rest of the pub is so lovely. After seeing the general cleanliness of the pub and how tidy is was kept I was disspointed by the loos. Now of course there are male and female toilets, along with a disabled one and baby changing facilities. I only used the ladies loos and there were 3 cubicles and a couple of sinks. They were small, dull and dingy. The stable door to each cubicle was covered in black finger prints and just looked rather grimy really. The mirrors were grubby to, the bin was overflowing in the main area by the sinks and the handrier didn't work. It needs a face lift. Why paint toilets burgundy eh and have dark carpets. It's doom lol
A very nice, smart pub thats friendly and well run. The staff are polite, efficient and smart and this isn't a place to pull and be rowdy and get out of hand. It feels safe very safe. I've been on numerous occasions now since my first initial visit on a Sunday and although it can get busy it's never rough. It really is somewhere that is pleasing on the eye although not over the top trendy and I feel happy here with friends for a girly natter or with parents for a nice meal. The only drawback is the prices on the drinks. At £3.00 for two cokes it is rather expensive for here in Coventry and bottles of wine are about £10.00 a bottle with no deals on however your obviously paying for the surroundings! Also no pool table or darts machine but there is of course a cigerette machine tucked in the corner!
Recommended by me, it's a nice pub!