Beautiful Food, Real Ales & Wonderful Surroundings.

The Red Lion is a warm and welcoming friendly pub run by Gavin, Nicky and their team. Nestling at the foot of the South Downs in the beautiful village surroundings of Willingdon, you can enjoy delicious freshly prepared food and well-kept beers. The Red Lion is famously mentioned in George Orwell’s novel “Animal Farm”. We also welcome accompanying children and well behaved dogs

We offer a children’s menu with a variety of healthy options, and young guests who finish their meals will receive a complimentary ice cream dessert. Why not visit us to soak up the ambiance with a drink and a meal, relaxing in our bar and restaurant?

When the sun is shining, there is nowhere nicer to wish away your afternoon other than in our south western facing beer garden.

Feeling the chill? Enjoy the cosy village pub atmosphere with our log burner, which keeps the pub warm throughout the winter months

The Red Lion is located off the A22 into Eastbourne. The nearest train stations are Hampden Park (1.3 miles), Polegate (1.8 miles) & Eastbourne (2.5 miles).

Eat at The Red Lion

Join us to sample our delicious menu, as seen below!

Book your table using the 'Book Now' button, and see our Eat Page for all of our menus.

Drink at The Red Lion

Join us to experience our carefully curated drinks menu and sample the Hall & Woodhouse famous Badger Beer

It was deep in Dorset’s rolling hills and patchwork fields, in 1777, that local farmer Charles Hall brewed our first beer. A union of the Hall & Woodhouse families soon followed and the story of Badger Beer had begun.

To create the distinctive character of our delicious Badger Beers, Hall & Woodhouse combine hops and malted barley with pure spring water which has been filtered naturally through the Cretaceous chalk downs of Dorset. Our comprehensive range of cask beers, all with distinctive characters, is available throughout the year, although our offering does vary seasonally.

Events at The Red Lion

Check our events page for any upcoming themed evenings and seasonal offers. We can cater for your intimate dining events and functions.

See our Events


Please feel free to book in advance for your visit to ensure you have a table exactly when you wish – using our Book Now button.

Please be advised that the enquiry is not confirmed until you receive a confirmatory email or call from a member of staff.  Until this happens the enquiry will not be placed in the diary.

Should you wish to call – please try 01323 502062 and we will be happy to speak to you. At busy times we may be unable to answer, but we endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.