Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Red Lion, Chalton


There's been a bit of a pause on blogging while I was back visiting the UK...

I grew up in a village neighbouring Chalton, home of the Red Lion, which is one of the older buildings I've written about eating in. The pub may date from as early as 1147 as a workshop for the Church built opposite. It first got a license in the sixteenth century and was a stop on the coach route between Portsmouth and London. The village hasn't grown much over the years and is still little more than the pub, church and a few houses, which all nestle in the South Downs National Park.

With its Thatched Roof, timber framing and low ceilings inside it is a fairly typical example of the local styles of the vintage. We ate in the original small front lounge, there is a new larger dining section to the rear that blends well with the rest of the building and has great views over the downs and up to Windmill hill. 

The menu had plenty of fairly typical English pub dishes on offer. We shared the fish platter to start, it featured smoked salmon, mackerel, trout, a mini prawn cocktail, crab salad, bread and dips/sauces. All the components were fresh and the trout and crab were probably my favourites.

The fish and chips, featured sustainable haddock in a 'Seafarers ale' batter, with peas, tartare sauce and other than the fish looking a little overdone went down well.

I had the grilled whole trout, which could have been presented a little more elegantly, but was nicely cooked.

The veggies came separately, and the carrots, swede and cabbage were all fine I think the leeks were the stand out though.

The mango sorbet was a nice way to finish things off...

The Red Lion is a truly historic spot to enjoy a meal and for me the sentimental attraction is strong, but it is worth a visit if you are passing.

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