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 Red Lion, Wells Next The Sea, Norfolk


Red Lion
44 Wells Rd Stiffkey
Wells Next The Sea
NR23 1AJ

Tel: 01328 830552
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William Acton
My two sons and my grandson came down to Norfolk for the weekend looking for bed and breakfast but could not find any all booked. We came across the Red Lion,called in and was offered one nights accomondation which we accepted. We were shown two our roo0ms and within 10minits the manager said he had another room spare which we gladly accepted. No complains on anything from rooms,food or service and we was made very welcome,even got a discount on the price of the rooms. We are hoping to book again in two weeks time at the end of August if possible.A very satisfied customer.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Rating: rosettes

Steve Quay
Great Meal
We had a very good meal at the Stifkey Red Lion on saturday night. My wife had local Lobster which was very good. I had a steak which was very tasty. It was nice to go to a pub which was not only extremely busy but had a very friendly atmosphere.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Rating: rosettes

Pathetic Food
You would expect oustanding fish and chips and you would be wrong. The fish was so small you would be forgiven for thinking it died from malnutrition. The Batter was overcooked (or the oil needed changing)and the peas were cold. Shabby bar area but nice log fires. I live in Norfolk and I have to say that this was probably the worst fried fish I have experienced
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Rating: No rosettes

A very good time was had.
Just back from a weekends walking in and around the Stiffkey area. The party was 23 strong whick of course added to how busy the place was on the Friday and Saturday nights.
I read the comments here before leaving for the weekend and I must say that given the VERY negative ones I was a tad apprehensive. I must say now that either these people were very unluck or are just impossible to please anyway!
We had a great time and the Manager, the bar staff and the waiting staff just could not have been any nicer or helpful. A cracking menu too kapt simple with a lot of fresh local produce and all cooked to a high standard.
This is a must for a return visit.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Rating: rosettes

Red Lion Stiffkey
Had an excellent meal, service superb a lovelly traditional village pub. There are not many establishments than provide this level of service and quality of fresh local produce.

Keep it up we will be back.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Rating: rosettes

Michael Greenfields
Little Gem
I have been a frequent visiter of The red Lion for many years. The transformation since The large barman arrived has been fantastic. The pub is very busy and the food and service has always been very good. As for Mr Byrne's comments towards a young lady and very personal coments at that is out of order.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Rating: rosettes

Anthony and Sarah Dennis
Sad to see.
After not visiting North Norfolk in a while, We decided to look up our old friend the Stiffkey Red Lion.

How we wished we hadn't. It seems that it's days of glory have long since faded. The lovely garden has been destroyed, with the most ugly of buildings that look so out of character with the rest of the village erected in it's place.

There was a real lack of atmosphere, the staff seemed to have their personality surgically removed, even trying to strike up a conversation with the large barman was a futile effort.

We will return again, in the hope that this once shining star of the Norfolk coast, does not turn into a black hole.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Rating: No rosettes

Trevor Byrne
Rude and Amateur
It takes a lot for me to put a complaint in writing as I am not one to dwell. However the quality of service in the red lion is a joke. Theres a girl (I believe to be the owner's daughter) who walks around like a character from the catherine tate show. Her appearance is common, arrogant and ignorant and she should not be in a customer handling role. The manager stands there at the bar as if he's been hypnotised and the general atmosphere is clearly one of unrest. God knows how they manage out of season
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Rating: No rosettes

Mary Sutcliffe
A very pleasant break
We stayed here for two nights and found the staff very friendly, we had to wait 20 minutes for our food but the whole pub was very busy! the rooms were comfortable and the views delightful.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Rating: rosettes

Mike Hughes
A really splendit stay
My wife and I spent 3 nights here and had a great stay. The bedrooms are not large but well equipped. We had a first floor double room with a south facing balcony which had very nice views over the valley. We ate in the pub all three nights andfound the food very good treating ourselves to a lobster thermidor on our last night!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Rating: rosettes

Ed Murray
Very disappointing
The new bedrooms at the Red Lion are tidy and modern but small. There is no proper chair to relax on so had to endure sitting on the very low but comfortable bed. If you like privacy then the ill-fitted blind to the front window and front door means people can see through. This is not a place to take a disabled person as the rooms are up a steep slope away from the pub itself. So going down to eat and drink is a bit of a trek. The lighting outside is appalling and an accident waiting to happen. We found the food to be poor and staff inattentive - very disappointing.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Rating: No rosettes

Barbara Farris
Excellent service for disabled guest
We stayed for two nights in a lovely spacius family room, my husband is disabled and the staff were kind and attentive to his needs even raising the bed on blocks for him.
We had a delicious meal and even breakfast was served in our room to make it easier for my husband.
Five star service!!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Rating: rosettes

Thank God for a traditional Village Pub
As a regular diner in North Norfolk it is a pleasure to recommend this delightful village hostelry. It is without doubt a gem amongst the so called Gastro Pubs and Celebrity Chef Eateries
The food is excellent, locally sourced and fresh, a wonderful selection of real local ales served from the cask and service which is genuine and sincere . Keep it up.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Rating: rosettes

Tomas Mckay
what a loverly evening....
i recently returned to north norfolk where i spent my childhood. Accompanied by my wife and kids, I found that a once closed villiage pub had been reopened and was flourishing in the small villiage of stewkey (stiffkey). with their tasty beers, traditional fayre, cheerfull staff and fantastic new bedrooms. We stayed in thier family room for two nighjts and enjoyed every second of it. i would recommend the red lion at stiffkey to anyone who looking for accomadation on the north norfolk coast, i would also like to thank thier staff once again for my families pleasent saty.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Rating: rosettes

chris cooke
appalling customer
Appalling customer
I thought I might just clarify the review by crisi (a real man’s name!). This person of limited intelligence, limited financial resource and an abundance of foul and abusive language is not only banned by the Stiffkey Red Lion but should be by all establishments on the North Norfolk Coast. All this because his credit card did not work! Something we can all sympathise with, but to behave in such an appalling manner is totally unacceptable. A customer was so upset at watching his behaviour that she drove to the nearest garage and bought a bunch of flowers for the waitress (my daughter). Anyhow I hope all our real customers are having a great summer and we hope to see them soon in our “shabby” establishment!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Rating: No rosettes

J Carluccio
Couldn't bring mayself to book dinner!
We too have just stayed at the Red Lion. When we got there no staff were capable of booking us in. Then the manager found that they had not written the booking down despite taking our details, including credit card details, the previous week. While we sat waiting to book in I could not help but notice how shabby the pub looked and how filthy it was. We had planned to book dinner but I thought if the front of house was like this how bad was the kitchen going to be? Luckily for them they had a room free (despite being high season) and we were shown to it. During our stay we discovered that the shower leaked badly, the vanity light was broken, the room had not been dusted for sometime and evidence of previous guests had not been cleaned in the bathroom!
We went to breakfast with some concern the next morning. As expected the breakfast seating area was filthy. The tables had not been wiped properly from the previous evening and the cutlery and china were grubby, a theme of the whole stay. The waitress was wearing an apron that looked like it had not been washed for a couple of weeks. The full english breakfast arrived almost cold with a portion of black pudding that was cold in the centre. It's also the first time that I have been given a sausage that was cooked only from one side! I pointed out to the waitress that the food was cold and she promptly took it back to the kitchen were it was zapped in the microwave! We stay in North Norfolk at least twice a year and this has been the worst place we have stayed. Unlike the other places we have stayed we will not be returning.( The 1 score is for the nicely, if boringly, decorated room with great views of the countryside).
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Rating: rosettes

andrew davis
Worst experience i have ever had in my entire life
My girlfriend and I had booked a room at the Red Lion this evening for 100 pounds and on arrival we found the newly built rooms to be very tidy, modern and quiet, although small. We then went down to the restaurant and the service at the bar/restaurant was absolutely appalling. In addition the pub dining area is very shabby but it was the service which forced us to return the food to the kitchen and check out. We are now sitting in the Crown Hotel in neighbouring Wells, after spending 150 pounds for a bed, breakfast and dinner package. Candlelit white clothed tables with a superior a la carte 5 course meal, with 5 star service. At the Red Lion, what turned out to be the owner's daughter had messed up our order, misled us and amazingly instigated an argument with us. After countless rude actions from her, I said to my girlfriend 'fantastic service' with intended sarcasm but only for my girlfriend to hear, yet the girl came storming to our table ranting 'what did you say!?'. I said that I was not speaking to her and that her service was dreadful hence raising it to my girlfriend and she began to raise her voice and give attitude. When I calmly asked if she was arguing with me she said 'yes i am arguing with you'. That was enough for me to complain to the manager who had his hands tied as this useless waitress was the daughter of the owners, wherever they were I dont know! So if this pathetic excuse for a waitress is an example of her parents I doubt they would be much more enlightening to deal with. I am a great believer of things happening forn a reason and her lack of maturity and professionalism led us to the Crown in Wells. BUT PLEASE, READ THE REVIEWS ON THESE SITES WITH AN OPEN MIND AND IF THIS REVIEW SAVES ONE COUPLE FROM A BAD EXPERIENCE, I WILL HAVE DONE SOME GOOD. I STRONGLY ADVISE YOU TO AVOID THIS PLACE LIKE THE PLAGUE!
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Rating: No rosettes

Stu Read
An (Almost) perfect Pub!
Classic Pub!
Great beer, great food, proper traditional bars with real fires, lots of hand pumps and Woodfords Wherry (the local Norfolk Brew) served from the barrel.
Why only 'Almost' perfect? .....because a new rule now banishes our children the bar (maybe its the 'Nobby' types who are now moving up to the area, pity)
Still a great pub though and within easy walking distance of a smart campsite !!
Tuesday, September 9, 2003
Rating: rosettes

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Red Lion
44 Wells Rd Stiffkey
Wells Next The Sea
NR23 1AJ

Tel: 01328 830552
See Map


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