The Red Lion at Bradley
Located five miles south-west of Stafford, The Red Lion sits in the village of Bradley, next to the picturesque 13th century church. Dating back to the 17th century, the pub gained new owners in 2015 who have refurbished it beautifully. The interior is traditional but with all the comfortable, modern touches you’d expect.
Under its current ownership, The Red Lion’s reputation for quality food has steadily grown, earning it a place in the 2018 Michelin Guide. In the best tradition of the gastropub, it offers perfectly executed pub classics alongside imaginative, modern British dishes prepared with knowledge and skill.
Dishes we’ve enjoyed include chicken and wild mushroom terrine with prune chutney; a red onion and Staffordshire cheese cheesecake with pickled pear; sausage and mash with crispy onions; duck with black cherries, port sauce and celeriac sauerkraut; ice-cream taco with black coconut ice-cream; and a velvety dark chocolate truffle torte with coffee cream and amaretti biscuit.
For lunch, there’s a range of sandwiches and two- or three-course fixed-price menus. Traditional roasts are available on Sundays, and if you’re a fan of afternoon tea then you won’t want to miss The Red Lion’s award-winning spread, served Tuesdays to Saturdays – pre-booking essential.
By Lynne Barnsley, Staffordshire editor
Pictures: The Red Lion