44 Wells Road
4m E of
Mon0Sat 11-3, 6-11 (summer 5-11); Sun 12-3, 7-10.30
The Red Lion free house is a real 'gem', situated in a picturesque north Norfolk village much favoured by walkers and birdwatchers. It is a brick and flint cottage which has a thoroughly rural feel, whether you choose to sit in the bar with real fire and no music, old pews, small settles and built in wooden wall seats; conservatory or what looks like a converted barn turned into a vaulted dining-room.
The pub specialises in beers from East Anglia's top independent breweries, including Greene King Abbot Ale, Wolf Bitter, Woodforde's Wherry and 'pale, hoppy' Great Eastern.
Food is also served and is stylish and filling. Local fish (from King's Lynn market) appears on the menu, Blakeney whitebait, soft herring roes on toast, crab salad and 'superbly fresh' grilled lemon sole. Other bar meals include salad of 'perfectly ripe' grilled goats' cheese, Thai spring rolls, chunky Norfolk game pie, and broccoli and Stilton quiche.
The short, cosmopolitan wine list (from Adnams) includes ten by the glass.
A beer garden and patio accommodates lots in the summer and the stream adds a coolness to the heat.
Access for the disabled is limited due to bars being on different floors.
Bar food is served 12-2, 7-9 (school holidays and bank holidays 6.30-9, summer 6-9).
Children are welcome.
No accommodation here.
Excellent beer Roaring fire friendly staff. (09/10/08)
I have been to the Red Lion on many occasions, and keep coming back. The food is first class, and the staff are really friendly. I would recommend it to anyone in the area! (Kevin Gambrill)
I have used the Red Lion at Stiffkey several times and I have always found it to be a first class pub. I can highly recommend it as a watering hole. (David Fisher)
We've been to Red Lion several times while on holiday in the village. The pub is excellent, the beers in very good condition although quite expensive (I have paid less for a pint of Abbot in central London, and that not at a Wetherspoons either). The food is another excellent feature. The portions are large and well prepared, its very popular, so book before you arrive if you want a table. (Keith Geary)
I have just visited the Red Lion in Stiffkey and I would like to comment on how lovely the staff were towards me, they made me feel really welcome when I was holidaying alone. I recommend the Roast Norfolk duckling which was very appetising.10/10 (June 2003)
The red lion is a lovely place to enjoy fresh local food. I recommend that all should visit. the pub is delightful, with very friendly staff. 9.5\10 (10/8/03)
I have to admit disappointment after visiting the Red Lion this year. After many years of happy dining and drinking there, it seems that there has been a change of management, and some of the best staff have left. I was not impressed by the attitude shown toward me and shall not be going again. (15/1/05)
The Red Lion would definitely seem to be trading on its past and trying to exploit the tourist market in North Norfolk. The food is not what it was, with smaller portions to boot and there are never enough bar staff on Sunday lunchtime when the pub is busy. It is not cheap either so pretty disappointing all round really. (22/03/05)
We visited at the weekend. The food and service were excellent and the beer first class. Don't be put off by the previous two comments. (10/10/05)
Kevin Gambrill is a full-time employee at The Red Lion and will be hard pushed to make an un-biased report. (26/12/06)
Green King Abbot Ale
Woodforde's Nelson's Revenge
5km from Stiffkey.
Camping available nearby.