There’s certain things that you just can’t beat, and a cosy pub/restaurant on a cold winters night is near the very top of that list. Back in the summer we took the short trip from London to Gerrard’s Cross for a wonderful evening at The Apple Tree, and knowing that this visit to The Red Lion in Stoke Green is part of the same company excited us a lot. Slough station is just a 15 minute train journey from Paddington and within a short bus journey or taxi you can be in Stoke Green in shorter time than most underground commutes – it’s deceivingly convenient and if you’re lucky enough to be in or around this area of rural Berkshire then we implore you to make the most of it and treat yourself to The Red Lion’s fantastic festive menu.
The building itself has been a drinking establishment for over 400 years and its exterior is certainly in line with the classic olde English pub, yet the inside mixes tradition, modern comfort and style with a chic bar, roaring open fire and to top off the festivities, a hugely impressive Christmas tree. Stepping in out of the cold and in to the warmth of The Red Lion, we made our way through the three course festive menu, kicking things off with the recommended Blood Orange & Passionfruit Collins and Espresso Martini.
DEEP-FRIED BRIE – in panko breadcrumbs with a spiced fruit & sloe gin chutney
If we weren’t snug enough already, the starters of deep fried brie and creamy garlic mushrooms had us in true comfort food mode. The brie was paired with a gin infused chutney which elevated the taste entirely and turned it into something completely irresistible. The mushrooms were laid on top of a warm and toasted sourdough, altogether submerged with blue cheese sauce and strong flavours of garlic to make for a terrific start to the night.
CREAMY GARLIC MUSHROOMS – on toasted sourdough topped with Blacksticks Blue cheese
I’ve always been one to save the indulgement of a full turkey roast dinner until Christmas Day, but neither of us could resist the offer with December not even upon us yet. It was totally worth it as The Red Lion’s turkey dinner was in line with true tradition but with some unexpected twists – for example their roasted potatoes were of the dripping beef variety, the stuffing was flavoured with pork and clementine and it also featured a honey mustard duvet, again adding another dimension to a plate full of wonderful taste.
ROASTED TURKEY – with fluffy beef-dripping roasted potatoes, a honey mustard duvet and pork & clementine stuffing. Served with red wine gravy and bread sauce
Three courses for £26.95 is absolutely stunning value, especially as each of the courses are more than generous in terms of portion size. On a normal day we may have been asking for the bill and leaving very contently after the main courses, but the best was still yet to come. Our desserts of chocolate brownie and apple & plum crumble sealed the night off in spectacular fashion. The brownie’s accompanying honeycomb ice-cream and brandy snap crumb gave it the festive twist to yet again show that this place subtly avoids going by the book and delivers magnificently on all fronts.
APPLE & PLUM CRUMBLE – topped with a demerara sugar crumb, served with custard
INDULGENT WARM CHOCOLATE BROWNIE – with Belgian chocolate sauce, honeycomb ice cream and a brandy snap crumb
A huge thank you to all the Red Lion for looking after us so well – the service, food and drink were all stunning.