Upon entering the pub you can tell that it had been refurbished fairly recently. The decoration had been well thought out, the table and chairs were brand new and the area, on-the-whole, was very clean and spacious.
We were met by a friendly and welcoming member of staff who showed us to our table. The atmosphere was calm and relaxing which married up perfectly to a pint and glass of wine after the long day.
The food service was quick and efficient, although not lacking in standards.
For starters, we shared a Baked Camembert. This was accompanied by Red Onion Chutney along with warmed Ciabatta and crisp Celery for dipping. The Camembert was baked thoroughly ensuring the cheese was perfectly ‘gooey’ for dipping.
That was then followed by a Sirloin Steak, Chips, Peas, Mushrooms and Battered Onion Rings for me. I asked for rare, as usual, and was certainly not disappointed as the Steak was tender, juicy and full of flavour.
Being a cheese lover, my partner opted for the Battered Halloumi, which came with crinkle cut fries and peas. She commented that the Halloumi was “exquisite!”.
For dessert, we split the Red Lion’s ‘Trio of Desserts’. This included a warm Brownie topped with Vanilla Ice Cream, Eton Mess and Salted Caramel Profiteroles with Fresh Cream.
The Brownie proved to be the favourite and was first to go. The ice cream slowly melted over the Brownie and the two mixed like a seductive par de deux.
The Eton Mess, made with fresh berries, and the Profiteroles were also delicious and went down a treat.
Looking back over our visit; the traditional ‘pub grub’ was presented and cooked to a high standard. This family-friendly restaurant is suitable for any occasion, for more info or to book head to https://www.emberinns.co.uk/nationalsearch/southeast/red-lion-kidlington