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Caribbean Night – 5th September 2019

Don’t let the post holiday blues get you down. Keep the Summer going for that little bit longer with us on 5th September, when we’re celebrating all things Caribbean! Join us at The Red Lion, Bradley from 5:30pm for a cocktail on arrival, followed by our Caribbean inspired three course dinner menu. So what are you waiting for? Get your table booked here! 

MENU
Starter
Jerk chicken wings, salt fish fritters, plantain & Jamaican salsa

Main Course                                                    Jamaican goat curry                                               Jamaican vegetable curry                                   Red snapper, mango & pineapple salsa
Served with rice and peas, crushed sweet potatoes & grilled corn

Dessert
Sticky Jamaican ginger cake, lime sorbet           Rum baba pineapple & coconut ice cream

£24.95 per person

Mexican Evening – 11th April

We are celebrating all things Mexican on Thursday 11th April when a taste of Mexico arrives in the village of Bradley, Stafford

Our Mexican evening will include a three course Mexican inspired dinner menu and unlimited* tequila mojitos, so don your Sombrero and get your table booked here!

MENU
Mexican Sharing Platter ( Motor de arranque)
Tortillas | Calamari | Quesadillas | Fiery wings in hot sauce | Stuffed jalapenos | Guacamole | Sour cream | Salsa

Main Course (El plato fuerte)
Polo Limon – spicy butterflied chicken breast, marinated in lime and coriander. Served with chargrilled peppers and tomatoes, corainder rice, garlic and aioli
Chilli con carne – Traditional beef chilli, gently cooked using a bled of the finest chillies and spices. Served with rice, sour cream and tortilla chips (Vegetarian chilli option available)
King Prawn & Cherry Tomato Skewers
Served with chilli seasoning and a sweet mango dipping sauce, Mexican rice

Dessert (El Postre)
Avocado and lime cheesecake
Dark chocolate and chilli brownie
Churros with a caramel dip

£24.95 per person

*Unlimited drinks offer is available for 2 hours from the time of seating. Staff reserve the right to withdraw the unlimited drinks offer from any party during the event, if necessary, to comply with our responsible drinking retailer status.

Celebrate Valentine’s at The Red Lion, Bradley

Here at the Red Lion, Bradley, near Stafford,  we are gearing up for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day is undoubtedly one of the most popular dates for dining out as couples get together to celebrate their love and friendship with a romantic candle-lit meal for two.

But do you know who Saint Valentine was and how  Valentines Day came to be the most romantic day of the year?

St Valentine is believed to have been a third century priest from Rome.  The then Emperor Claudius ll had banned marriage because he through all married men were bad soldiers.  Valentine felt this was unfair so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret.  When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death.  There he fell in love with the jailers daughter and when he was taken to be killed on 14th February he sent her a love letter signed “from your Valentine” – the first ever Valentine card?

The Romans held an annual festival  in mid February to welcome the start of spring.  It is thought that during these celebration boys drew names of girls from a box and they would become boyfriend and girlfriend during the festival, which led sometimes to marriage.  Later the church wanted to turn the festival into a Christian celebration and decided to use it to remember St Valentine too

However we choose to believe Valentine’s Day came about, and there are many more theories, there is no doubt that it is the most romantic day of the year. Celebrated not only in the UK but also in the United States, Canada, France and Australia, resulting in approximately 150 million card being sent annually.  This makes it the second most popular card giving date after Christmas.

Back to the modern day though and at The Red Lion we will be serving our extra special Valentine menu for both lunch and dinner sittings.  Lunch is available from midday until 2.30pm and Valentine’s dinner will be served at 6.30 and 8.30pm.  You can view the menu and make your bookings by clicking here.

We look forward to welcoming all you lovely couples and helping you to celebrate in style.

The Lion’s ROARing success!

The Team at the Red Lion are celebrating this month as their award winning food and service continues to be recognised.

The Michelin Guide 2019 sees the Red Lion listed for the second consecutive year

We also been named as serving the Best British Roast Dinner in the Midlands and Wales by Unilever Food Solutions

We were selected as finalists in the prestigious Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards in the Casual Dining category

 

 

And if that’s not enough our Sous Chef, Megan, has been named as a finalist in the British Culinary Federation Young Chef of the Year with the finals taking place on Monday 5th November.

Good luck Megan!

Our Michelin plaque has arrived!

Michelin PlaqueHead Chef, Stuart Bruce is pictured with his kitchen team and Operations Manager Sophie Pugh, as they proudly show off their recently delivered Michelin plaque in confirmation of our entry into the 2018 Michelin Guide which was announced earlier this year.

Along with the Michelin Guide entry we were also granted a Michelin Plate award which is a new category of Michelin Award indicating that the restaurant has notable quality food. “The restaurant might be on the brink of the next award, either a Bib Gourmand or a Michelin Star but isn’t quite there yet”.

The Michelin plate award is indicated on our coveted plaque by the plate and cutlery symbol

 

 

 

LP Rewards – the Loyalty Scheme You’ve Been Waiting For!

LP_REWARDS_GRAPHIC_280pxWe have recently unveiled our new, highly anticipated loyalty scheme – LP Rewards

LP Rewards is an App based scheme which rewards our guests with Loyalty Rewards Points for every £ spent on food and drink at any Lewis Partnership property.

Rewards Points can then be exchanged for gifts in our points shop!

Not only that but we give you a £5 gift to spend on your next visit just for downloading!

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Michelin Plate Awarded to The Red Lion, Bradley for 2018

We are delighted that the newly published Michelin Guide 2018 features The Red Lion, Bradley, along with the award of a Michelin Plate

Red Lion MichelinFollowing their anonymous visit, the inspectors described the Red Lion: “An airy bar and conservatory opens onto a dining room hung with photos of the pub through the ages.  Menus offer plenty of choice, with hearty, flavoursome dishes ranging from whole roast witch sole to curried chicken Kiev”

The Michelin Plate award is a new category of Michelin Award and indicates that the restaurant has quality food which is notable and the inspectors enjoyed the experience. The restaurant might be on the brink of the next award, either a Bib Gourmand or a Michelin Star but isn’t quite there yet.

Chris Lewis, Managing Partner of The Lewis Partnership which owns The Red Lion, Bradley said  “To receive such a high accolade from well respected and trusted assessors of our industry is a brilliant achievement, especially when it comes within the first year of launching the “new” Red Lion.  It is a testament to our team of the hard work and dedication that goes into producing the consistency of service that is recognised by this award.

The Moat House, Acton Trussell, another member of The Lewis Partnership portfolio, was also recognised with a Michelin Plate in the 2018 guide, at the same time as having its 2 AA Rosette status renewed for the 19th consecutive year.

 

The Lion ROARS at the Enjoy Staffs Awards 2016!

The Red Lion, Bradley was honoured to receive the title of Tourism Pub of the Year at the 2016 NFU Mutual Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards held at Alton Towers Resort on Tuesday 15th November.

Enjoy Staffs Tourism Pub of the Year The Red Lion, BradleyThe awards application was completed prior to our closure for refurbishment which means we are even more excited for the future of the new look Red Lion when we reopen next month!

Awards in 20 categories were handed out at the awards ceremony which was attended by more than 150 people and was compèred by BBC radio and TV presenter Joanne Malin. Entertainment came from magician and illusionist Andrew van Buren.

The awards were independently judged and verified by Service Science. Entrants were reviewed and marked on their commitment to delivering excellent customer service, training and skills for employees, sustainability and environment, along with dedication to best practice, quality of service and product.

Sarah Montgomery, chair of Enjoy Staffordshire and Managing Director at the National Memorial Arboretum, said: “Annual spend in Staffordshire by visitors has grown by almost 40% since 2008 and the sector employs a shade under 30000 people – 28% more people than it did eight years ago.

“It’s a tribute to the excellence celebrated here today and to the hard work, creativity and professionalism of those here today and in the wider sector.”

15 of the businesses awarded gold will now represent Staffordshire on a national level, automatically going forward to the 2017 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, which will be held in Spring 2017.

For more information go to www.enjoystaffordshire.com/awards

The Lion is scheduled for a ROARingly great Refurb!

red-lion-approved-plans Since being taken over by The Lewis Partnership in November 2015, the Red Lion has gone from strength to strength and we are proud to have once again established this countryside gem into the heart of the village community.

When we took over the property we said we’d be undertaking a full refurb to really enhance the building and its grounds; to make it a more inviting venue and to bring it up to Lewis Partnership standards so it can proudly sit within our portfolio.

Earlier this year we refitted the dated kitchen. Although largely unseen by the general public, this improvement work has increased the efficiency and service in the restaurant resulting in a more pleasant dining experience.

red-lion-sneak-previewFollowing a lengthy planning application process, delayed by the necessity for two bat surveys, we have now received approval of our plans and works are due to commence on Monday 19th September.  The nature of the works means that the Red Lion will be completely closed for several weeks and we hope to be in a position to unveil our new look by November.