Bar of the year winner – it’s the Red Lion pub

Jamie Allsopp, Kieran Thorne, Flo Court, Conan Bellamy, Will Webb and Fred Sterling toasting their success at The Red Lion pub in Great Bowden
Jamie Allsopp, Kieran Thorne, Flo Court, Conan Bellamy, Will Webb and Fred Sterling toasting their success at The Red Lion pub in Great Bowden

A popular village gastro-pub has been voted Best Bar 2014 by readers of the Harborough and Lutterworth Mail.

The Red Lion, in Main Street, Great Bowden, has won our

inaugural award.

Second place went to The Chequers pub in High Street, Swinford, south of Lutterworth.

And the newly-opened Market Harborough micropub Beerhouse, off St Mary’s Road, came third.

At the winning Red Lion, delighted owner Kieran Thorne, said: “I think it’s great, considering we only opened here a year-and-a-half ago.

“It’s great for the staff and for everyone who’s worked hard to make The Red Lion a success.

“And just thank you everyone who voted, for their support, and we’ll keep trying to be the best we can be.”

When Kieran took the pub on 18 months ago, he spent “a six-figure sum” re-designing and refurbishing the building, including putting in a new kitchen, bar and toilets.

The Red Lion was transformed into an upmarket freehouse gastro-pub, where you can still have just a drink, or you can eat from an extensive and impressive menu.

Kieran described the food, produced by head chef Jamie Allsopp and his team as “modern pub food with a twist”.

The light-lunch menu includes a roast chicken and Goan masala mayonnaise ciabatta with beetroot slaw and a dressed salad for £5.95.

And mains include home-made fig, red onion and stilton tart with twice-fried rosemary chips, for £8.95.

The pub’s website states: “The Red Lion is a friendly, dynamic bar that prides itself on offering something a bit different and, we think, rather special.”

After this Best Bar 2014 win, it seems the readers of the Harborough and Lutterworth Mail agree!