Food & Drink

Published: April 6, 2022 | Updated: April 7, 2022

The Red Lion gets off to a roaring start under new management after £65,000 initial facelift

The Red Lion’s new menu features Saucy Cow’s smoked meats and sauces.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

A ‘heart of the community’ pub has reopened for business under new management after an initial £65,000 facelift.

The Red Lion in Winfrith, pictured left, is now operated by Barr & Barr’s Hospitality.

The family-run business also manages The Silent Woman Inn in the heart of Wareham Forest.

The initial investment included painting the exterior and upgrades to the kitchen.

A five-year plan is being put in place for The Red Lion, similar to The Onslow Arms in Loxwood, West Sussex, also operated by Barr & Barr’s Hospitality.

It was named Best Pub for Families in the Great British Pub Awards 2021 after a £250,000 investment.

The vision for The Red Lion is to create a welcoming and family-friendly atmosphere for the local community.

A new smokehouse menu has been introduced for the pub’s restaurant made from local ingredients and featuring Barr & Barr’s own Saucy Cow smoked meats and sauces.

Award-winning craft ales are provided by Dorset brewers Hall and Woodhouse, owners of the pub.

Lizzie Barr, pictured left, Manager of The Red Lion which also includes five bedrooms and a campsite, said: “We are a family-run business so we are big on families.

“The team and I have loved reopening The Red Lion and getting it roaring once again.”

Rob Barr, Owner and Operations Director of Barr & Barr’s Hospitality – and Lizzie’s brother – said: “We are delighted to launch our unique smokehouse menu at The Red Lion.

“Along with a new menu, great offers and a five-year plan of investment in the site we are looking forward to getting The Red Lion back to being at the heart of the community once again.”

The B&B and campsite is due to open from April 15.

The Red Lion currently has a seven-strong team in place but is planning to have a staff of 15 by summer.

Both full and part-time positions are available.

Further details can be found here.