Food review - The Red Lion, High Lane, Stockport
PUBLISHED: 08:51 15 April 2015 | UPDATED: 12:09 12 April 2016
The Red Lion in High Lane is highly recommended by local residents, we went to find out why
We had heard excellent reports about the Red Lion from the locals. In fact we’d heard good things about many of the places to eat in the area but as our first choice, the famed Sasso Italian restaurant doesn’t do lunch we headed over to this attractive looking hostelry on the A6.
This is as smart inside as out and vast and mostly open plan but cleverly arranged so that while it’s roomy it also feels intimate.
Polished wood and open fires combined with contemporary upholstery expresses perfectly the country-meets cosmopolitan feel of the Red Lion which turns out to be rather appropriate as it’s a stablemate of those Manchester city centre favourites, Mr Thomas’s and Sam’s Chophouse.
As you may expect from this distinguished pedigree, the food is classic British, using where possible, locally sourced ingredients and served in a relaxed and friendly way by a young team who have quite recently taken over the reins. There’s quite a bit of energy about the place which we assume is why it is pretty busy on a weekday afternoon.
We started with a dish of pan fried potato cakes, spiced chickpea casserole with a cucumber and yoghurt dressing (£6.95). This sounded rather heavy for a starter but proved a deliciously moreish mix of spiced pulses and sauce with small discs of potato cake. The Severn Wye smoked salmon, crayfish, caper, cream cheese terrine, cauliflower, horseradish, crème fresh and granary bread
(£7.95) was also a delight. The right mix of creamy filling highlighting the fresh salmon.
For mains the pickled beetroot and goats cheese tart with a caramelised red onion marmalade and a hazelnut and walnut balsamic dressing (£5.95) was chosen from the starter section, as I was keen to try the chips which were sold as home-made. They were. Thick cut perfectly fried wedges of potato that are becoming as rare as hen’s teeth in so many restaurants these days.
The confit lamb breast with a thyme and onion stuffing, spiced chickpea casserole and dauphinoise potato (£16.95) was excellent. The lamb a melting richly flavoured hunk nestling on the chickpea casserole which we realised had made its first appearance as the vegetarian starter but complimented the meat’s huge punchy flavours.
A bottle of delicious crisp white Hole in Water sauvignon Blanc proved the ideal light lunchtime tipple to accompany our meal which we rounded off with a shared lemon tart (£5.95). The filling was deliciously creamy and had that terrific just-tart-enough sweetness but sadly Mary Berry would not have approved its soggy bottom. The only downside in a very enjoyable lunch.
112 Buxton Road | High Lane, Stockport SK6 8ED