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Over a long period of time we have gone for enjoyable meals at this welcoming unpretentious pub in Hythe. Our women’s group enjoyed nights out when Debbie was the manager and we never had cause to complain. Over the last year or so the food, in our opinion has not been of such a high standard. In particular the the steaks wether sirloin or ribeye have been tough and gristly. We think that the management should investigate and perhaps change their butcher! The staff must see what is left on the plate...

Stayed on a Saturday night as a relation was having a birthday celebration in nearby hall. When we booked rooms were all taken apart from family room which nice owner offered us for same price as double. We arrived early just after 1pm and friendly staff said we could have our room. The room and bathroom were spaciouse and clean with good quality bath towels. Double bed was large and very comfortable. Breakfast was good with excellent friendly service. My only negative comment is that a shower mat is needed in bath as this is an accident waiting to happen as very slippery without. Overall we enjoyed our night stay and would have no hesitation in booking again.

Chose to stay for one night before driving to France for holiday as only 10 mins from Chunnel We had to leave at 7:30 and breakfast starts at 8 but the lovely lady (Gill) offered to make up a pack lunch Parking front of hotel, Very friendly Good range beers and wines and menu traditional and quality My wife had Berger and I had steak, both delicious Perfect for a stopover and would recommend

On arrival we found parking at the front of the pub. The welcome was warm and friendly and our room was not quite ready (we were early). Having enjoyed a cup of coffee in the bar we walked down Hythe high street. Sadly it was overrun with charity shops and estate agents with a good smattering of cafe/ coffee shops. A visit to St Leonard's church is recommended. We lad lunch in a small and friendly cafe of sandwiches and tea, very good and reasonable price. Back to the Red Lion where we showered and changed. The room was very clean, basic no frills and the shower room toilet was satisfactory. Considering the pub was on site since 1622 the odd squeaky and twisted floorboards were a real character item. The evening meal was great, home cooked steak & ale pie, mash and fresh veg, rounded off with a fruit crumble ( all locally sourced). Considering we were on a through road the room was very quiet. The bed and pillows I found comfortable but my wife disagreed!! Breakfast was served 8 - 9.30am. A selection on cereals, OJ, toast and coffee. Tea on request. A full English or a selection of "on toast" available. Very nice. The pub is well located to the town, the Royal Military Canal and the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch light railway - a must for both young and not so young! This was a flying visit but we will return to see more of the local sights. PS extra parking at the rear (free) The staff were all very helpful and accommodating as well as friendly.

My friend and I stayed for two nights, to visit a few places in the area. We arrived to find we had Room 6, which was rear facing, with a double bed and single bed. Very comfortable, clean and spacious. Lovely clean fresh bedding and towels. Bathroom was ample and clean. Tea and coffee facilities, nice size TV, ample sockets,and WiFi. All staff and management friendly and attentive. Breakfast was freshly cooked and sufficient. The restaurant was brilliant, a great menu choice with a specials board, spoilt for choice. Its a listed building, so lovely working sash windows in the bedroom, and a fan supplied for warmer days. Would definitely return if in the area, or needing a break away.

The Red Lion is central of Hythe arriving to a small car park. Booked via, check-in was friendly and easy. The room was spotless and provided with fresh clean linen. Staff were very helpful. Full English Breakfast was ample and tasty too with all your usual fresh foods, and hot nice coffee too. Thank you for a pleasant stay. Highly recommended.

A little limited on the parking but has a nice garden and a large bright open interior. The staff are nice and you don’t feel rushed and it seems to be reasonably popular. The food was good. Not the best but we’d give it 7/10 and we’ll probably go again.

We had room 2 which was the king sized room. Lovely comfortable bed, a small sofa for relaxing. Bathroom/shower also very roomy. Great breakfasts. Staff very accommodating and friendly. Our 2nd time here, but won't be the last. Have threatened to visit again next year. The Red Lion is close to the canal, high street, and beach. Bus stops close by in both directions, and buses are very regular.

Booked two rooms as we were attending a wedding at Port Lympne Castle. Both rooms really nice - big and clean. Breakfast was great - just had to mention that the teapot was empty and it was whisked away and refilled - 3 times! The staff were very friendly. Would highly recommend this place.

Stayed here for two nights for a wedding in the area. The Red Lion is in an excellent location, short walk to the sea and a nice walk along the Royal Military Canal too. Small car park so may struggle if you get there late, but they don't charge. All the staff we met were incredibly friendly, couldn't fault them at all and service was quick. We had two breakfasts and an evening meal here. Traditional pub food, excellent quality and good portions. The pub has a good atmosphere. As another review had said, when booking nothing told us that the rooms are above the pub and they hold live music events. The room was very noisy, luckily we had ear plugs with us but not very relaxing before getting ready to sleep. Its a very old building too which creaks all night, and we were woken both mornings 6am by our neighbours walking about their rooms which we could both hear and feel, it actually shook our bed! The furniture is very old and tired. Mattress was shocking, either cheep or needs replacing. Springs dug into my hips and left me tossing and turning all night. The shower was fine. Bathroom was very clean, smelt a bit like a vets though, probably due to the disinfectant they use. The lighting in the bathroom was very dark. Sheets and towels were clean. There was tea and coffee in the room, cups were dusty and needed washing before we used them. One had a hole in the bottom which we didn't notice until the water came straight out the bottom all over the desk when pouring the kettle! It was replaced quickly though. This place has a lot of potential but just needs a bit of tlc. I'd return to the pub, but not to stay the night.


Hotel highlights

  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

The Red Lion is a short stroll from St Leonard's Church and Hythe Beach. This 8-room, 3.5-star inn has free breakfast along with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and free self parking.


Free full breakfast is served each morning from 8 AM to 9:30 AM. This inn is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge.


The Red Lion's 8 individually decorated rooms provide coffee makers, ironing boards, and desks. Flat-screen TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Free toiletries are also available. Housekeeping is available once per stay.

Property features

The Red Lion features free WiFi in public areas and a garden. Free parking is included with your stay.

Room options

Twin Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

69.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 104 reviews

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