Last month we headed down to Leytonstone pub The Red Lion to check out their recently renovated hotel above the traditional pub.
The rooms are absolutely stunning and we were excited to stay in the King Henry as both my friend and I are slightly obsessed with the tudors.
The Red Lion’s rooms are decorated with beautiful wallpapers, vintage and up-cycled furniture together with luxurious fabrics create a relaxing, intimate and cosy atmosphere. The bed was seriously comfy and the quilt was thick and cosy. I would recommend fans or air conditioners in the rooms though as it became quite warm and if you opened the windows the noise of the busy street made it difficult to sleep.
I loved the ensuite bathroom with the pretty detailed wallpaper and vintage mirrors with the beautiful stylish bath attached. The scents of the bath gels and lotions were utterly scrumptious too. It was total luxury.
Downstairs in the pub we enjoyed a lovely wine while dining on Globe Artichoke Tart, Griddled Courgettes, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Smoked Mackerel Pâté, Toast, Pickled Cucumber & Beetroot Tomato, and Saffron & Parsley Mussels with flatbread for starters. They were absolutely delicious. Especially the mussels. I can’t believe they were a dish I would have refused to eat a few years ago… how times have changed.
I chose the Pearl Barley Risotto, Slow Roasted Tomato, Kale, Baked Ricotta, Pine Nuts with Beetroot Crisps for dinner. It was a nice comfort meal that hit the spot and left me even more excited for dessert.
Unfortunately the Homemade Vanilla Cheesecake with Baked Rhubarb was a little too much. I mean the cheesecake was fabulous but the ginger and rhubarb topping I wasn’t a fan of. My friend didn’t have a problem helping me finish it off though. Her choice of the Red Lion British Cheese Board (Queen’s Farmhouse Cheddar, Somerset Brie, Oxford Blue, Oat Cakes, Apple Chutney, Grapes) went down an absolute treat.
In our rooms after a good nights sleep we enjoyed the included breakfast and juices. It was a nice little touch and left us ready to start the day.
Rooms at the Red Lion start at £98.00 for a standard, Superiors at £120 and the Family Suite at £143.00. So price wise it’s good value for money. Especially when it is only a short distance from Central London. If you’re looking for a staycation, make sure you check out the The Red Lion.
Address: The Red Lion 640 High Road Leytonstone, E11 3AA
Social Media: @RedLionE11
Written by Tegan Lebon
Photos supplied by PR.