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food review, The Red Lion, Bakewell
food review, The Red Lion, Bakewell

There’s nothing like feeling as if you’ve earned your lunch and so after a decent walk down part of Derbyshire’s Monsal Trail we felt some good pub grub was well deserved.

There’s nothing like feeling as if you’ve earned your lunch and so after a decent walk down part of Derbyshire’s Monsal Trail we felt some good pub grub was well deserved.

Heading into bustling Bakewell you’re spoilt for choice on eateries.

We opted for the Red Lion because we knew it was dog friendly – even a muddy one like ours.

The 17th century inn was busy when we arrived early on Sunday afternoon with a mix of walkers, families and day trippers .

The popularity of the place probably has something to do with the menu, to say that Bakewell is a tourist hotspot which can sometimes equal overpriced food and drink the Red Lion’s dishes are really good value.

After thoughtful staff brought over a bowl of water for our four-legged companion we placed our order at the bar.

I went for the roasted vegetable and feta cheese wrap, homemade chips and salad while the Other Half decided on the hot beef sandwich.

They both arrived in good time on dinner sized plates. Beef described as ‘succulent’ by the OH and without a bit of fat in sight was packed into the cob and alongside it was a generous helping of homemade fluffy thick cut chips, much tastier than the frozen variety many pubs serve. To top it off was a little silver gravy boat with meaty gravy.

My wrap was excellent, there was plenty of feta, the vegetables weren’t overcooked and soggy as can be the case and the chips as mentioned were delicious!

For dessert we shared the chocolate fudge cake. It was light and airy and came with a decent scoop of ice-cream.

And now for the best bit, the price. The hot meat sandwiches are just £5.95, the wrap was a pound more. Add to that a wine and a pint and our bill was £23.55. Good pub grub at a great price.

Rating: Four stars

The Red Lion

The Square

Bakewell

01629 812054