Well itís been six months since we took over the Red Lion and as
predicted itís been a steep learning curve. Although Iím sure we still
have a lot to learn, I think we are getting the hang of this pub
malarkey! Thank you to everyone who came for a meal in the early days
and came back! The kitchen is a lot more settled now, the cooking being
shared between Sally, who cooks great traditional English food and
Youmna, who is from the Lebanon and is particularly talented at North
African and Mediterranean dishes (as anyone who came to our Moroccan
evenings will testify!) I am really grateful to Alison who worked here
with Bill for some time and was invaluable in helping us get started and
is staying on the team as Ďreserve chefí.
We are still trying to use local produce as much as possible. Although
there is not so much around from the gardens and allotment just now we
are lucky enough to be getting celeriac from Viv Moll which makes
fabulous soup - served with home made bread itís a great lunch or
starter.(£3.95). We are also still getting lamb from Little Wittenham,
meat from Ray Park in Cholsey including his great home made sausages,
some eggs from Highlands Farm, and I am using flour from the Wantage
Mill for the bread which I am still making twice a day.
The special events we have held in the past 6 months have been really
well supported, thank you to all who came. Do look at the web site
www.redlion.biz to see some photos. We hope to continue 2008 in the
same vein. Februaryís charity quiz will be to raise money to help with
the upkeep of Wittenham Clumps and will be run by The Northmoor Trust.
It will be on the 25 February from 8.00 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. We will also
be having more speciality cuisine evenings in February (Shrove Tuesday,
Chinese New Year, Valentines Day etc!!) Please check the web site or
ring for dates and details.
We hope to have a dart board up and running by the time you read this
article. We wondered if people would be interested in other games such
as dominoes, poker, cribbage, backgammon, etc. Sunday could be a games
evening. Let me know if you think you may be interested in this.
If you have always wanted to improve your French you can now do so
without leaving the village. Sandrineís French conversation classes are
great fun and only £10.00 an hour including a cup of our delicious
coffee. Monday and Tuesday mornings - all levels. Ring Sandrine for
details information 01491 834 699 or 07737 444 350.
If you would like to be added to our email newsletter list which will
tell you about any upcoming events please either ring me or send an
email with your email address.
Some of you may have heard that the price of beer is going up. The main
reason for this is the wet summer here and in Europe which has caused a
shortage of barley and hops. .This has put the price of barley up by 30
per cent and hops have tripled in price. As I write this we have been
told that our beer suppliers will increase their prices from January.
WE ARE NOT GOING TO INCREASE OUR BEER PRICES! We hope to absorb this
round of price increases for as long as possible.
For information firstname.lastname@example.org, www.redlion.biz
Telephone either 0790 5493690 or 01491 837373