Due to the current national lockdown, we have no choice but to keep our doors firmly closed and our fingers tightly crossed for the next few weeks.
2020 has been full of anxiety and uncertainty for us. The constantly changing regulations and restrictions we have had to adhere to have left us exhausted. Now, despite our efforts, we find our livelihood decimated. This has been soul destroying. The Red Lion is not just a business to us; it is our home. We have raised our three sons here and developed a passion for hospitality which has become an integral part of who we are. Those of you who know us well, know that we are fighters and that we don’t give in easily, but this has really tested us.
We hope that we may be able to reopen in some capacity this spring, but that will be dependent on the restrictions in place. If we return to the former tier system, we anticipate that we will only be able to reopen under tier 1 restrictions.
We will keep this under review though and reopen as soon as it is a viable option.
Covid 19 has impacted all our lives in different ways and we appreciate that many local residents will have been adversely affected by the pandemic just as much as we have. We therefore want you all to know that even if our doors are closed, we are here if you need support in any way. We have always upheld the ethos that The Red Lion is a community resource and despite the difficult situation we are currently in, we want that to continue. So, please don’t hesitate to call us if you need anything.
The Red Lion is located in the beautiful village of Birchover, surrounded by stunning countryside popular with walkers, climbers and holiday makers alike. Being in the heart of the Peak District, we endeavour to extend a warm Derbyshire welcome to all our customers with a little Sardinian twist thrown in for good measure.
Whatever the weather throws at us, we're well equipped with log burners to warm the winter days or a south facing patio to soak up those precious sunny days. Having a young family of our own, we always try to accomodate children and muddy boots or waggy tailed dogs are also welcome to use our tap room. So come in and join us for a pint of real ale; a warming pot of tea or a hearty meal.
Built in 1680, The Red Lion Inn originally served as a farm and alehouse, gaining its first licence in 1722, when licensing became law. Today it retains much of its original character including a well in the bar which was originally the water source for the brewhouse. In the 17th century beer was brewed on the premises before any of the major breweries were established.
The magnificent ancient oak beams and bare stone walls provide a comfortable and homely atmosphere in which to enjoy traditional ales and freshly cooked food.
Matteo and Alyson purchased The Red Lion in 2006 and their aim is to provide good quality pub food at reasonable prices. Fresh ingredients, locally sourced where possible, are carefully cooked by Matteo and his team and transformed into tasty, wholesome meals.
At The Red Lion you are also treated to the opportunity to savour the delights of Sardinian cuisine as Matteo brings a little of his home country to the Peak District.