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The Lion’s Awakening

We reopened the doors of The Red Lion, Bradley on Friday 27th November 2015 under the ownership of The Lewis Partnership making us the 5th member of their award-winning hospitality portfolio which also includes The Moat House, Acton Trussell ; The Swan Hotel, Stafford; The Dog & Doublet Sandon and The Bear Grill, Stafford

Since opening we have been lucky enough to regularly have a fully booked restaurant including a mix of eager local villagers and past customers keen to be amongst the first to experience the re-birth of this much loved traditional village pub.
Everyone remembers The Red Lion, Bradley as “the place to go” in its hey day, and it is our intention to restore that reputation.

The neglected building is in need of a full refurbishment, which will follow in the early Summer of 2016, but for now the quality of food and service on offer gives a taster of what is to come.
Our team is made up of old and new Lewis Partnership faces, each one as enthusiastic as our guests to restore the reputation of this much loved venue.

Faye Parker is the Front of House Manager. Although relatively new to The Lewis Partnership, she started work on the Moat House bar in November 2014, Faye quickly made her mark and was promoted to Bar Supervisor within a couple of months. Faye is joined at The Red Lion by her partner Ben Peace, who heads up the bar team. Again Ben joined the Lewis Partnership on the Moat House bar in April 2014 and he and Faye are raring to go in their new challenge as the Management Team at The Red Lion. Faye and Ben have known each other since middle school but it was only when they met again when Faye was working at The Hartley Arms, Wheaton Aston that love blossomed over the beer pumps. Wedding bells are on the horizon for 2017 so Faye and Ben are in for an exciting couple of years.

Assistant Front of House Manager Catherine Brown is no stranger to The Lewis Partnership either, having worked at The Moat House from 1998, she was part of the original team at the Swan Hotel, Stafford during the takeover in 2002 where she was Assistant Brasserie Manager for two years. Catherine moved on to pursue various other managerial positions including a job at Coombe Abbey before rejoining The Lewis Partnership team to re-open The Red Lion.

The fantastic kitchen team are, like every Lewis Partnership kitchen, overseen by our Group Executive Chef, Matt Davies, but it is Head Chef Stuart Bruce who takes the reins on a daily basis. Stuart, another Lewis Partnership veteran, has worked in the Moat House kitchen as Senior Sous Chef for 15 years and is delighted with his new role. (Another Lewis Partnership love story – Stuart is marrying Marianne, Operations Manager at the Dog & Doublet, in April following their meeting at The Lewis Partnership Pop-Up Restaurant at Stone Food & Drink Festival!)

Supporting Stuart in the kitchen is a new Lewis Partnership employee, Sous Chef Jon Evans, ex Head Chef of the Exchange Hotel, Shrewsbury. Jon recently moved to Acton Trussell with his partner and 3 young children and it was this move which introduced him to The Lewis Partnership and his vast amount of experience meant he was soon snapped up to take his place in the Red Lion team.

Another familiar face in The Lewis Partnership kitchen also returns to the team. Arran Jones worked in The Moat House kitchen between 2008 and 2014 before taking a once in a lifetime opportunity to work at Gordon Ramsey’s Michelin starred restaurant Petrus, in London. After gaining masses of experience that money cannot buy, Arran moved back to Stone and rejoins the team as Chef de Partie.

Opening Times
Bar
Tues-Fri 10.30-3.00 / 5.00-11.00
Saturday – 10.30 – 11.00
Sunday 11.00 -5.30pm

Restaurant
Tues – Saturday 12.00-2.30 / 5.30-9.00
Sunday – 12.00 – 5.30