The Red Lion, Betchworth

Exterior of The Red Lion, Betchworth

What’s The Red Lion like?

This traditional country pub dates back to the 18th Century and is a popular celebration venue. It is renowned for its quirky cellar room and courtyard garden, which is home to several giant animal sculptures – and a dinosaur! Both Dorking and Reigate are just minutes away by car.

How dog-friendly is The Red Lion?

Good. Dogs are allowed in all of the rooms and throughout the pub. No special provisions are provided but there are big jars of treats dotted around and lots of water bowls, both inside and out. Dogs will love exploring the outdoor courtyard, which is covered in fairy lights, and the neighbouring cricket field is a great spot to enjoy a grassy stroll. There is additional charge of £15 per dog per night.

Bedroom at The Red Lion, Betchworth

Tell me more about The Red Lion

There are 11 en-suite rooms at the pub, ranging from standard doubles to deluxe kings. The accommodation is spread across the main building and a separate annex, which is where we stayed. Our room – No.2 – was on the ground floor of the property and had easy access to the outside. The spacious room, which overlooked the cricket field, was decorated in neutral shades and had arty black-and-white portraits of celebrities on the walls, which was very cool.

As well as all the essentials such as a flatscreen TV and good WiFi, the room had lots of storage and an ironing board and iron – handy if you’re staying at the pub to attend one of the many events or celebrate a special occasion. There were also tea and coffee making facilities, bottles of water and chocolate mints left on the pillows, which was a nice touch. The en-suite bathroom also had complimentary toiletries and fluffy white towels.

Bangkok Bad Boy vegan burger at The Red Lion, Betchworth

What’s the food like at The Red Lion?

Excellent. A wide range of pub classics and chef’s specials are served daily at the pub, with all the food cooked fresh to order. The Red Lion really champions local produce and when we visited, there was everything from a 10oz Sussex rump steak to local brewery-battered cod and chips on the menu.

I opted for the homemade Bangkok Bad Boy vegan burger, pictured above, which was delicious – and the chips were amazing! The Red Lion is also renowned for its Sunday roasts and traditional desserts. The pub does not serve breakfast but you’ll find a guide in your room recommending several local places to eat.

Are there resident dogs at The Red Lion?

No, but you may well some local dogs who have popped in for a pint or others who are staying over.

Stepping stones at Box Hill, Surrey

Where are the best dog walks near The Red Lion?

Box Hill, a 10-minute drive from the pub, is renowned for its fine views of the Surrey Hills and the surrounding areas. An eight-mile circular trail will take you to the very top but there are lots of other shorter routes to follow, like the iconic Stepping Stones trail. This is approximately two miles long. Be sure to check out the famous Zig Zag road too, which is loved by cyclists.

Another local beauty spot is Reigate Hill and Gatton Park, approximately a 15-minute drive away. The most popular walking route here will take you to Leith Hill, where there is an abundance of woodland, heathland and farmland to explore. Look out for the planes landing and taking off from Gatwick Airport!

Courtyard garden at The Red Lion, Betchworth

What I loved about The Red Lion

The peaceful location, the food, the friendly welcome

How to book The Red Lion

Rooms start from £59. For more information or to book, call 01737 843336 or visit The Red Lion website.

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