The Red Lion, Arlingham
Three years ago the Red Lion at Arlingham faced an uncertain future. However, disturbed that their village pub would be lost forever on June 5th 2013 it was bought by the locals. An excellent job has been done by the village who’ve clubbed together to buy their local and save it from closure and create a lovely Gloucestershire country village pub.
Graeme & I payed a spur of the moment visit today for Sunday lunch. The moment we walked through the door we noticed the warm and welcoming atmosphere. The pub has a lovely ambiance, layout, comfy chairs and a warm log burner. It welcomes families, walkers, cyclists and dogs too. Tasteful easy listening music plays in the background and for a lunchtime the pub was bustling with people which lays testament to the food and drink on sale at this establishment.
On Sundays, they only serve the roast dinner menu which suited us because that is what we wanted. We hadn’t booked a table but they did their best to find us a space. Graeme was impressed with the choice of ales. A pub which sells Uley beer always goes down well! They also had beer from Gloucester Brewery and another Cotswold ale. Their website states “We serve unique, locally produced food, selected fine wines and draw through our pumps a range of fruity, hoppy and refreshing ales all brewed in the vicinity”.
I decided to have the roast sirloin of beef and Graeme opted for the herb roast chicken. Our food arrived promptly and was hot and delicious.
Portions were ample, nice selection of veg and homemade Yorkshires (yummy!). We finished everything with not a pea to spare! For £9.95 each we thought it was very good value.
They have regular events running for example, in February Friday fish evenings, Game week and French & Mexican theme evening. Their website http://www.redlionarlingham.co.uk/ shows sample menus and also recommends local walks around the village which we thought was a nice idea.
We highly recommend this pub, it really is a hidden gem and food is served all day. If you do intend to visit to eat, we would suggest you book a table to ensure you are not disappointed.