Homely village local with changing beers, fair-priced food and neat colourful garden
The good pub guide review
Perhaps one of the secrets to this pub's success is the fact that in 1982 it became the first pub in the country to be owned by the local community ' and they've never looked back. It's a busy and cheerful place. The main room on the left has grey wainscoting, sturdy, well varnished furniture including padded country kitchen chairs and cast-iron-framed tables on patterned carpet, a generous window seat, fox hunting prints and a log fire in a brick fireplace. The somewhat smaller room on the right has steeplechase prints, varnished plank panelling and brocaded bar stools on flagstones around the servery; background music, darts and dominoes. Timothy Taylors Landlord and Tring Side Pocket for a Toad with guests such as Butcombe Original, Oakham JHB and Wolf in Sheeps Clothing on handpump, five farm ciders, seven wines by the glass (including an English house wine), a perry and winter mulled wine. A few picnic-sets on grass at the front face lime trees on the peaceful village green opposite, while the pergola-covered back terrace and good-sized sheltered garden with its colourful herbaceous border have seats and picnic-sets (some shade is provided by a tall ash tree). Check the website for details of circular walks from the pub.
The good pub guide food review
Enjoyable home-made food from a changing menu includes sandwiches, sweet potato and spinach curry, prawns with garlic and chilli, wild mushroom, stilton and broccoli crumble, Asian-spiced sea bass, steak and red wine pie, chilli con carne, spiced lentil or lamb moussaka, moules frites, and puddings such as crème brûlée and passion-fruit pavlova.
Red Lion, The Green, Preston, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 7UD
Weekdays: 12-3, 5-11
Winter: 12-4, 7-10.30 Sun