The Red Lion - Handcross

(30 Reviews)
High Street Handcross, Haywards Heath, South East England, RH17 6BP
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Main course: £12
Food spend: £28

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 12:00 - 22:00
Friday & Saturday: 12:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 22:30.

Restaurant description

Housed in an old coaching inn dating back to 1540, and retaining its original wooden beams, The Red Lion – Handcross is a refurbished contemporary pub serving Mediterranean-influenced British food. Warmed by log fires, the bar & restaurant features fur-lined chairs, marble-topped tables & several many-paned windows letting in plenty of natural light.

With chefs given the opportunity to train at cookery schools in Spain and Italy, The Red Lion menu features modern signature recipes made using the finest ingredients. As well as creative daily-changing specials, favourites include king prawn, crab and chorizo linguine, or spit-roasted chicken with lemon & garlic confit. A kids’ menu and Sunday roasts also feature, and desserts include rich vanilla and chocolate gelato with home-baked cookies.

The result of a treasured partnership with Rothschild wine merchants, the cellar showcases many fine wines, while token real ales and premium spirits are found at The Red Lion bar. Nostalgic British nibbles and sharing platters bursting with international flavours offer more laidback dining.

The Red Lion Haywards Heath is an 8-minute drive from Balcombe Rail Station.

Dishes displayed on a la carte menus are representative of the type of food available at the restaurant.

Customer reviews for The Red Lion - Handcross
(based on 30 reviews)

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Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • breakfast (1)
  • business (7)
  • child friendly (2)
  • dinner (18)
  • entertainment (2)
  • large parties (4)
  • lunch (15)
  • luxury (1)
  • private dining (1)
  • romantic (7)
  • trendy (4)
  • value (5)
  • By Sara M from Burgess Hill
    13 April 2016

    Excellent food and excellent waiter service - just disappointed there was no specials board.

  • By Sue H from Burgess Hill
    28 March 2016

    The food was good, the service was very slow and not interactive ( not a great deal of checking were we ok) waited an hour before main course arrived ( only one of four had a starter but feel that this could have been managed better) then another hour before the dessert. Didn't bother with coffe as felt sat long enough. There were at least five tables not being used so wonder what would happen if full. Had had a fabulous meal there two weeks earlier, which is why we were there, but in comparison with the first time it fell far short of expectations. The green veg was lukewarm and not as well presented, ( normally in small containers), as before although potatoes were in a pot, equally lukewarm) I thought they had run out of dishes. It is a pity because I have already been enthusiastic to some friends and will now have to modify my commendation. The dessert was lovely.

  • By Sam E from Burgess hill
    8 March 2016

    Lovely evening. Food really good and the staff were amazing.

  • By Chris L from East Grinstead
    6 March 2016

    A bit of a disappointment: 1) No lamb left by 3 pm 2 Mother's Day duck menu was strange - sweet waffle rather than potato ? and then with pineapple ! Service was a little slow (perhaps to be expected on Mother's day) but staff were very cheerful.

  • By Simon R from Crawley
    20 February 2016

    Upon arrival very impressed, menu looked fab but however thinks soon changed when they mucked up the service/order on nx table, I ordered a glass of champagne, upon arrival n after I tasted it, it was processco, asked the waitress why, n she said we don't do champagne by glass but menu states they do. No apologies she didn't say when we ordered n jus gave me something different n charged me for it, later that evening asked another waitress for champagne n y does the menu offer it if u don't do it? She said they do n got me a glass. We order all 3 course, my main was a salad/salmon, n waitress said is that all then? In a not so approving tone. Asked for bread n she said they don't do bread even though table nx to us had it. Brought out main b4 taking away starter.

  • By Brian S from Partridge Green
    13 February 2016

    A very pleasant experience. Happy staff, Well cooked food, Nice décor.

  • By Gordon L from Bolney
    1 July 2015

    I dine here quite regularly, but on this occasion the food was not up to its usual standard,and the service was very poor. Rather a shame as i had taken a guest with me which i had recomended the restaurant too.

  • By Dave W from Crawley
    15 June 2015

    Overall a very good evening all of the food was tasty and the staff were excellent

  • By Pam B from Crawley
    26 April 2015

    Visited for lunch on a Sunday with four girlfriends. A very enjoyable lunch with good company. The service was very attentive.

  • By Regular W from Copthorne
    15 February 2014

    Fantastic service and a really great Valentines menu. We regularly eat at the Red Lion and were pleasantly surprised at how they had up'd the experience for Valentines dinner! I would recommend their food and great service to everyone!

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The Red Lion - Handcross
High Street Handcross, Haywards Heath, South East England, RH17 6BP