Secret Diners: Ye Olde Red Lion, Holme-on-Spalding Moor: A little gem to be proud of

Ye Olde Red Lion, Holme-on-Spalding Moor.
Ye Olde Red Lion, Holme-on-Spalding Moor.

Situated in the village of Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Ye Olde Red Lion has been a part of the village for many years. It is a pub and restaurant as well as offering bed and breakfast facilities, therefore providing everything from a quick drink with friends to an overnight stay and much more in between.

The Secret Diners were heading out for lunch and decided to see what Ye Olde Red Lion had to offer.

After parking in the large car park we wandered past the delightful beer garden complete with water feature. A warm welcome awaited us inside, the pub was fairly quiet, with a few tables reserved for later on in the day, we ordered some drinks and then were seated in the main bar area.

Our waitress left us with two menus each – the 777 menu and the lunchtime menu. The 777 menu is changed weekly and has 7 dishes all £7 each ordered before 7pm. It has dishes like fish and chips, BBQ pulled pork burrito, scampi and chips, chicken korma and lots more. The lunchtime menu consists of baguettes served with skinny fries or jacket potatoes with various fillings.

There is also an evening menu which is served from 5pm along side a specials board which is changed regularly, a steak night every Thursday and a Sunday carvery. There is certainly a menu to suit every taste. We plumped for the lunchtime menu and decided to go down the baguette route as we were all hungry but not too hungry. Our choices consisted of beef and gravy, cheese and tomato melt and prawn and crayfish in a Marie Rose sauce. There was a choice of white or granary bread. The wait was slightly too long for the food to arrive, so we were all rather peckish.

The baguettes were served with lots of salad, a separate pot of coleslaw and a dish of skinny fries which although tasty were reminiscent of the ‘Golden Arches’! We would have preferred home made chips. The baguettes were generously filled, the beef was tasty although it could have been a little warmer (8/10), the prawn and crayfish and the cheese and tomato melt were both delicious (9/10), the salad and coleslaw were a lovely addition to the meal.

We found the baguettes were very filling and we did have to leave a little as we did not have any more room! The price for the meal was £7.95 each and we feel this should be reduced a little to make it slightly better value or provide home made chips.

The pub is decorated in the quirky manner of many similar establishments, lots of interesting photographs and objects to look at which reflect it’s history, it has a very friendly atmosphere, and we were well looked after by our waitress.

A visit to the little girl’s room revealed it to be clean but could do with a little updating.

Our overview of the Ye Olde Red Lion is that it is warm, welcoming, fairly good value and with menu choices for every occasion.

A place that should be well used and treasured by all, as pubs of this pedigree are few and far between, Holme-on-Spalding Moor should be proud of this little gem.