The Red Lion pub based on Penistone Road in Grenoside is one of our local pubs where we have enjoyed both beers and food in their lovely beer garden, as well as a takeaway meal for 2 during lockdown. Read both reviews below!
Takeaway review – Thankfully during lockdown The Red Lion were offering food collections and when better to give it a try than Valentine’s Day? They had a great offer of 3 courses with a bottle of wine for 2 people for a bargain of £40!
The chefs here use locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and serve some great pub classics as well as offering a tapas menu. During lockdown they offered various Home Packages including Afternoon Tea and Sunday Lunches, all prepped and cooked and sent with heating instructions.
For our Valentine’s Day Package we enjoyed…
Smoked Salmon Roll; stuffed with cream cheese, served with baby gem lettuce and a lemon mayonnaise. When I opened this up at home I thought there was something missing as it was quite a small salmon roll with a pinch of lettuce. However, overall I was glad it was a small portion due to the size of the main, therefore it complimented it well and it was tasty and fresh, plus there was lots of mayonnaise which was very yummy.
Tomato & Basil Meatballs; with rustic bread and butter. Exactly as it said “on the tin”, 3 meatballs in a lovely homemade tomato sauce served with some bread to dunk, spot on!
We both went with the Topside of Roast Beef; with seasonal vegetables, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes and a red wine gravy. We were pleasantly surprised with getting a Yorkshire Pud too! This mountain of a plate was really good; lots of meat, lots of potatoes, lots of gravy, what’s not to love? I think we just about managed to clear our plates. Definitely had to have a breather before the dessert!
We chose to go for the Trio Of Desserts; Tiramisu, Profiteroles and Passionfruit Cheesecake with pouring cream and strawberries. For me (and I have a sweet tooth), I feel like this trio selection contained too much cream altogether. Great as separate desserts, possibly a bit too much for a trio. Out of the three, the profiteroles with a little bit of chocolate on top were my favourite and I enjoyed the freshness of the strawberries amongst all the cream. A great portion for 2 to share (picture above is only my portion).
All of the above came with a red rose and a bottle of wine of choice. We went with a bottle of red that I believe was a Malbec, which went down very well indeed. Service was good, ordering via the website was fairly straight forward although it is a bit like booking a table (I wish). Collections were being made from the Car Park and were very prompt. It looked like there was a number of people queuing (distanced) so I am glad this Menu went down so well. An enjoyable Valentine’s Evening in.
Dine in review – Casual pub dining at it’s best, taking advantage of their lovely decked beer garden. Well-priced, easy going food and a large menu to choose from!
Since enjoying a “lockdown” takeaway, we have called into the Red Lion a few times for drinks and more recently we took some family to eat here. The menu has lots of choice from Pub Classics, Burgers, Sizzlers + Grill, Tapas and Light Bites, so it should be easy to find something you fancy (or it’ll be hard to decide as it seemed to take us a while haha!). You can also sign up to a discount card on their website here and receive discounts on food and drink and lots of mid-week offers, this can be used at the Norfolk Arms in Chapeltown too!
On our visit we enjoyed;
Chicken BLT – served in ciabatta bread with mayo and with a side salad and tortilla chips. This was a great portion for a lunch time and was just right with lots of fresh salad on the side. Couldn’t fault it to be honest.
Beef Lasagne (Vegetarian option also available) accompanied with garlic ciabatta, chunky chips and fresh side salad. Quite a big portion so make sure you’re hungry, but tasty and comfort food at it’s best!
Smoke House Rodeo – Hand-pressed beef burger topped with melted cheddar cheese, bacon & BBQ
sauce. Usually comes with “skinny fries” (more like oven chips) but my Dad doesn’t like the whole skin-on fries, which seems to be the only choice nowadays so he mistakenly swapped them for “chunky chips” which were pretty much skin on potato wedges. Not a fully happy customer haha but just do you know in case you also didn’t like skin on chips/fries. Burger was great though!
Southern Fried Chicken Burger – topped with melted cheddar cheese. Super burger with LOTS of cheese and all burgers come with coleslaw and relish on the side as well as chips, which is good too!
I would say you should expect fairly decent pub grub, large portions and value for money if you eat the The Red Lion. The only negative during our experience was service felt a bit slow and our last round of drinks was forgotten about so we left without a second round of drinks.
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