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The Red Lion

Beautiful Food, Real Ales & Wonderful Surroundings.
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About us

About us

A few words

about our friendly village pub

The Red Lion is a warm and welcoming friendly pub run by Gavin, Nicky and their team. Nestling at the foot of the South Downs in the beautiful village surroundings of Willingdon, you can enjoy delicious freshly prepared food and well-kept beers. The Red Lion is famously mentioned in George Orwell’s novel “Animal Farm”. We also welcome accompanying children and well behaved dogs.

We do offer a children’s menu with a variety of healthy options. For all our younger guests that clear their plate, we will offer them a complimentary ice cream for dessert. So why not come and visit us? Soak up the atmosphere over a drink and some food, whilst relaxing in the bar and restaurant.

When the sun is shining there is nowhere nicer to wish away your afternoon other than in our south western facing beer garden.

Cold outside? We offer a cosy village pub atmosphere with log burner which rarely ceases to burn through the winter months. The Red Lion is located off the A22 into Eastbourne. The nearest train stations are Hampden Park (1.3 miles), Polegate (1.8 miles) & Eastbourne (2.5 miles).

Opening times for drinks:
Monday – Thursday 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 11pm.
Friday – Saturday 12pm – 11pm
Sundays 11am – 10pm

Food & Drink

Menu downloads below

All the food served at the Red Lion is freshly prepared and we carefully source local ingredients wherever possible. The menu has been carefully put together to ensure that there is something on offer for all our guests. Our delicious home-made burger, chef’s choice pie and Badger beer battered cod are amongst the most popular dishes served here at the Red Lion.

Alongside our main menu, we also offer a bar menu with a variety of rolls and light bites for those times when a main meal is just too much.

Food Served

Mon – Thurs : 12pm – 2pm then 6pm – 9pm
Fri and Sat : 12pm – 9pm
Sunday: 12pm – 3pm we also offer a breakfast menu 11am – 12pm on a Sunday (only)

Our Beer & Ales

Our cask ale is supplied by Hall & Woodhouse family brewer based in Dorset. Their award winning ales are sold in the Red Lion in cask and bottle format. The Badger brand of ales is available in most supermarkets across the country; however we are one of 250 pubs who are lucky enough to stock the exclusive cask ales.

To learn more about Badger ales please visit www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk.

The Red Lion prides itself on selling excellent award winning traditional ales which we deliver in the best condition.

Our current draft drinks on offer at the Red Lion:-

    • Badger 4%
    • Tanglefoot 4.9%
    • Guest ale 3.5% – 5%
    • Fosters 4%
    • Peroni 5%
    • Amstel 4.1%
    • Stowford Press cider 4.5%
    • Guinness 4.1%

Please feel free to book up in advance for your visit to ensure you have a table exactly when you wish – using our enquiry form provided here.

Please be advised that the enquiry is not confirmed until you receive a comfirmatory email or call from a member of staff.  Until this happens the enquiry will not be placed in the diary.

Should you wish to call – please try 01323 502062 and we will be happy to speak to you.

Select a date & enquire now

We will confirm your enquiry via E-Mail or Phone

Functions & Events


Function Room

At the Red Lion there is also a separate dining area which is available to hire for private functions.

We are flexible in our arrangements to provide the restaurant to best suit your needs and would be happy to discuss your requirements by phone or by email using the form in the contact us section.

Alternatively, please click on the button below for a comprehensive list of our hire charges.

To enquire about any events please call

01323 502062


Christmas Day – Fully Booked

We are fully booked!

We do have a waiting list available, however we are currently fully booked at the moment!

If you have reserved a table and require a menu, please visit and speak to a member of staff. Alternatively, you can enquire via email, available on the Contact Us page.

Christmas Parties

Thinking of booking a Christmas party…

for friends, family or work?

We are now taking bookings for parties in the lead up to Christmas 2017.

See below for more information.

American Diner Night 2017

Our ever popular American-themed food night is back on the 11th of October.

With overwhelming popularity previously, we are excited to once again be dedicating a night to big american eatin’.

Think Southern Fried ChickenJumbalaya and much more – All in a diner-themed one night only American extravaganza.

Please see below for the menu!

We recommend booking a table to avoid disappointment!

Beaujolais Nouveau 2017

We once again bring you a taste of beautiful France!

Back by popular demand!

An evening of indulgence in the best de la Français! Featuring French favourites including Ratatouille, Moules and Crepe Suzette – to name a few!

November the 16th – Vive La France!

See below for our menu. We recommend booking a table to avoid disappointment!


The Red Lion

99 Wish Hill
East Sussex BN20 9HQ

Call Gavin and Nicky Finnis on T. 01323 502062

Please leave your details and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

The Red Lion can get very busy and we would encourage you to phone ahead to avoid disappointment. If you would like to make a reservation with us, please contact us on 01323 502062 or use the contact form on this page.

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Updated: 04/10/2017