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Eat i n gOu t Resident & Visitor Guide


Red Lion, Waters End


The Red Lion has several cosy rooms to enjoy bar meals, a private function or a drink from the well-stocked bar in the comfy chairs by the log fire. We ate in the award-winning restaurant. With its stylish interior bathed in natural light and impressive vaulted ceiling it is the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy. The open- plan kitchen with its large wood-burning oven enhances the connection to the food and the cooks. In addition to the extensive menu there are daily specials. Of note was the fabulous starter we chose: a smoked salmon and chilli crab cake, served with Thai ginger chutney, baby gem and charred lemon. The subtle flavours of the chutney added a sweet contrast to the kick of the well-textured crab cake. The dish was delicious. For a main course, I opted for one of the daily specials: roast fillet of halibut in a Provençal style sauce, served with capers, black olives, tender-stem and basil pesto. The fish was perfectly cooked and the well-flavoured sauce added an invigorating lift to the dish. My guest chose a hearty meal from their comfort food range; braised shoulder of lamb with roasted vine tomatoes and peppers, served with mashed potato infused with rosemary and garlic, and a red wine jus. On the recommendation of our knowledgeable and friendly waitress, she accompanied this with a side of honey-roasted roots. The meat was tender and succulent and the char- grilled vegetables added smokiness and colour. The side provided the perfect accompaniment as the sweetness gave an ideal balance of flavour. To conclude we chose a classic chocolate nut sundae: frangelico hazelnut liqueur-soaked brownie pieces, smashed hazelnuts and chocolate sauce topped with Jude’s vanilla ice cream, finished with whipped vanilla-infused cream. It looked delectable upon arrival and didn’t let us down. A comprehensive wine list was the perfect companion to the brilliant food offering. Overall, our experience was great. Our orders were delivered quickly, but without compromising on presentation or quality, and our meals were a festival of flavours – a thoroughly enjoyable evening. AMcC.


Leighton Buzzard Rd, Water End,Herts HP1 3BD 01442 213594, www.redlionwaterend.co.uk


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