Welcome to a new era of The Red Lion in Stanstead Abbotts. 

Food takes centre stage at The Red Lion bar and kitchen, set in the heart of the village, with its own pub garden to enjoy on warmer days.

We are a dog-friendly pub and welcome your four-legged friend to keep you company and soak up our ambience.

Our menu has lot’s of fresh ideas. Prepared with love and passion by Head Chef Michael Duckett, who joins us with many accolades behind him. We are excited for what he has to bring!

The kitchen is open from Wednesday – Sunday for you to enjoy lunch or dinner. Seasonal menu choices are offered daily. Don’t forget to book in for Sunday Roast!

Look out for our special events and occasions and be sure to join our mailing list for all the latest news.

A massive thank you goes out to our friends and fiercely loyal existing clients of The Red Lion. Your support during this transitional period has been outstanding. We could not have been welcomed with warmer arms and we are truly grateful.

We look forward to welcoming you the The Red Lion soon.


The Kitchen

We are proud to use seasonal ingredients, 100% certified grass fed beef, locally sourced fresh vegetables and fresh pasta. We deliver a great tasting, nutritious menu, with a seasonal favourites, five days a week. If you have yet to experience our cuisine, now is the time to book!
The Menu

The Bar

With our traditional pub establishment and ambience, you can relax by the open fire with friends, or talk away the days memories at the bar or in the games area. All with the knowledge a cold pint or gin and tonic is at hand.
Drinks Menu

Our Events

With 2024 now in full swing, it is important to remember key dates in our restaurant. We are looking to support all manor of calendar moments like Valentines, Mothers Day, St Georges, St Davids and St Patricks Day as well as Pie Week.
All Events

New Take Away Service

We are please to announce the arrival of our Collection Service from the kitchen weekdays from 11.30am to 2.30pm. Please select from the Bar Menu for take away options.

Only on a Wednesday

Come and join us throughout the year and enjoy a specific menu including the chefs best steaks.

Monday Night Nestaurant

Open every Monday outside from 5pm until 8:30pm. Takeaway or #DineWithUs either in the heated undercover courtyard or inside the warm and cosy pub with a drink.

Summer Garden
Now Open

Open through to the end of Summer 24
All Events

Customer Reviews

21:54 14 Jul 24
Dominic RochfordDominic Rochford
11:58 03 Jul 24
Great pub and fantastic teamThere for the england game and the great team made it all the more enjoyable
Daniel DyerDaniel Dyer
09:08 03 Jul 24
Worked here on as a vendor on one occasion to support with the football.The staff are amazing, lovely pub, lovely environment.Would recommend this place to anyone looking for a lovely pub to visit.I didn't have the opportunity to try the food but saw a few people eating there, and the food looked amazing. Will definitely try soon
Mark HopsonMark Hopson
13:32 02 Jul 24
David DuncanDavid Duncan
19:53 02 Jun 24
Malcolm GordonMalcolm Gordon
15:20 01 Jun 24
We booked 20 for a committee lunch. Our preselected choices arrived promptly with friendly efficient service, excellent food both mains and desserts. We'll be back.
Philip JuniperPhilip Juniper
11:29 01 Jun 24
What a discovery by chance. Excellent food, service and friendly welcoming staff. You can enjoy the pub atmosphere and then go next door to a really smart but also relaxed restaurant. We are looking forward to enjoying the outdoor areas when summer eventually arrives. Oh and the best rib-eye steak I've ever had! Really recommend the Red Lion
Linda WhiteheadLinda Whitehead
13:45 31 May 24
We can’t praise the Red Lion enough. It really is an amazing pub restaurant. The atmosphere is lovely, with very professional friendly staff. The Landlord. Martin and Landlady Judy and their team made our wedding day so special- nothing was too much trouble. Oh and you must try their roast dinners on a Sunday
Steve PriceSteve Price
13:09 26 May 24
We’ve travelled down from South Derbyshire, for the local festival and returned to The Red Lion as have been in previous years. The change of ownership hasn’t changed the fantastic vibe in the pub, if anything it has enhanced it. Our accents make us stand out like sore thumbs but the landlord and the locals have given us a fantastic welcome. After a lovely meal outside on the patio on Saturday we’ve just had a top notch Sunday lunch. The food is fantastic and reasonably priced. We are now leaving for the festival with a full belly and new friends made. Would definitely recommend the pub and we will definitely be back.Thank you for your hospitality
Dave BDave B
14:14 25 May 24
Paul G.Paul G.
10:10 14 May 24
Excellent pub/restaurant. Great menu and delicious food. Staff were very friendly and attentive with a good sense of humour. Ample parking seen though we didn't use it. Definitely recommend
Mark NevilleMark Neville
09:50 24 Apr 24
This isn't just a standard pub restaurant! This is as good as a West End restaurant. We booked for a Sunday lunch and the food was superb. I chose the Roast Duck special and I was not disappointed. What made this special was the friendly welcome by all the staff, the clean and well presented table with a table cloth, proper napkin (not paper!) and a lit candle. The presentation of the food was lovely and the roast potatoes were perfect. Coupled with a great chicken liver starter and dessert to finish, the whole experience was on point and delightful.It's not a Toby or Weatherspoons that's for sure.Price wise, it is affordable and what you would expect to pay for quality dining with a homely and welcoming ambience.
Jon EcclestonJon Eccleston
09:53 21 Apr 24
Had a really great meal and our friends toThey were quite busy but still managed to be very helpful with the service and food definitely recommend this restaurant pub and always good to support our public houses restaurant's 👍🤗👍🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿
John LindhoutJohn Lindhout
01:58 21 Apr 24
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16:44 15 Apr 24
Just had our daughters 18th birthday here - Sunday Lunch for 20 people, couldn't have been better. We preordered, the food was delicious and arrived all at the same time and piping hot. There was a great selection of sides and desserts and was very good value. The service was exceptional, the dining area was light and airy and it had a great atmosphere. We were made to feel very welcome and would definitely recommend as a venue for a similar function or even just a meal.
Gary PingreeGary Pingree
09:44 13 Apr 24
This is a great pub for both eating and drinking, we have visited a few times and are always made very welcome by the owners. The staff are always very friendly and the service is good. We have eaten in the restaurant a number of times and last night had food from their takeaway menu. The food, eating in or taking away, is fantastic. You can tell they use quality ingredience and take pride in what they do. Highly recommended.
Toni WalkerToni Walker
17:02 11 Apr 24
We visited The Red Lion Stanstead Abbotts yesterday, just on the off chance as we were passing. This was a Wednesday so the Wednesday Warmer menu was on offer. We had the Prawn Linguine - it was amazing! Full of flavour and perfectly cooked. The presentation was beautiful too. We were so impressed that we booked for today so we could try out the main menu as the choices we saw online looked delicious. We were not disappointed! We had the Duo of Lamb and the 8oz rump steak. Both cooked to perfection, with an array of flavours from the caramelised red onion mash, roasted shallot, red wine jus….we also indulged in desserts which were to die for!! This is not ‘pub grub’ this is restaurant quality food at a very reasonable price. The staff are warm and friendly. Highly recommend! We will definitely be returning.
Nicola BlundellNicola Blundell
15:55 18 Jan 24
We enjoyed a fantastic night at The Red Lion on Saturday night, great menu choice and the food was amazing, very tasty and good portion size, the staff were very attentive without being intrusive, we ordered a bottle of the house red wine which was really nice and the desserts were delicious. Highly recommended and reasonably priced. We will definitely book again.
Gunner GrinchGunner Grinch
04:22 29 Jul 23
Absolutely fantastic 1st time going, saw the Elvis impersonation and was a fabulous night. Staff were friendly, welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. Atmosphere was brilliant, we had a very enjoyable night. BBQ Food was lovely and went down a treat .
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