Welcome to
The Red Lion

Beautiful Food, Real Ales & Wonderful Surroundings.
Enquire online or call 01323 502062

We are now serving food all day Sunday!

About us

Important Notice

From Gav, Nix & the Team.

We would like to thank our customers and friends for their support through these difficult times.

We are very pleased to announce that we are back!

We know you can’t come to the pub, so take the pub home with you!

A takeaway menu will be available from Wednesday the 3rd of June.

We hope to see you all soon.

COVID Safety

& The Red Lion takeaways

We are thrilled to be able to offer our customers takeaway versions of their menu favourites, however it is important that we all stay safe. To help us achieve this, please pay close attention to the advice put in place by the government, and keep in mind the following:

  • Please do not visit us if you feel unwell or exhibit any symptoms associated with COVID-19.
  • Please pay close attention to any signage or instructions given by our team.
  • Please note we will be accepting card only, and only accepting payment and orders via phone.
  • Our takeaway service is available Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 5-9pm & Sunday 12-5pm.
  • Sundays are pre orders only: All orders for Sunday collections must be fully pre ordered by 9pm on the Friday before.
  • All orders can be placed at any time from 3pm-9pm Wednesday to Saturday. You will be given or can request a time slot for collection.

We will try to accommodate your preferred collection time, but to ensure social distancing we are trying to reduce the numbers at peak times.

Thank you for your understanding in these difficult times.

Gav, Nix & the Team.

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 – 8pm

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%
    • Wicked Wyvern 5%

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

We have a separate dining area which is available to hire for private functions.

We are flexible in our arrangements to best suit your needs and would be happy to discuss any 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 at the Red Lion!

As ever, the Red Lion is going overboard this Christmas!

A fantastic seasonal Christmas menu for parties throughout December, followed by a grand finalé for Christmas itself!

Christmas day is fully booked, however we do have a waiting list available.

For Christmas parties, please call us or pop in to speak to a member of staff for availability – be quick, it is going fast!

See below for our great Christmas day menu and booking form


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.

Get in touch

Updated: 27/05/2020