The Red Lion

At the heart of the community

The Red Lion stands proudly as the first example of a community-owned public house anywhere in the UK. The pub was bought from Whitbreads in the early 1980’s. The Red Lion still successfully thrives today over 35 years after the venture was originally started. This accomplishment is something the community is very proud of. They are supported by wonderful patrons from within the village but have loyal and regular customers from much further afield who appreciate what a real country pub can offer.

Freshly prepred and varied menu

The menu at the Red Lion is of the highest quality and sources first-class ingredients from many local suppliers to create wonderfully varied and beautifully prepared dishes. An example menu is:

Light Bites

  • Sweet Potato & Spinach Curry
  • Prawns with Garlic & Chilli
  • Carrot & Coriander Soup
  • Leek & Potato Soup
  • Parma Ham with Parmesan Salad
  • Smoked Mackerel Pate and Toast
  • …and of course, a selection of delicious Jacket Potatoes and freshly made Sandwiches available most days.


  • Chilli Con Carne
  • Chicken Malaysian Curry
  • Fresh Fish Pie
  • Mussels & Frites
  • Spinach & Mushroom Lasagne (v)
  • Steak & Red Wine Pie
  • Lamb Moussaka
  • Sirloin Steak
  • Local Rabbit Ragu & Pappardelle
  • Chilli Crab Spaghetti
  • Wild Mushroom, Stilton & Broccoli Crumble (v)
  • Asian Spiced Sea Bass
  • Roast Pepper & Sweet Potato Chilli (v)
  • Spiced Lentil Moussaka (v)


  • Homemade Creme Brulee
  • Homemade Chocolate Fudge Cake
  • Homemade Passion Fruit Pavlova
  • Ice Creams


The Red Lion boasts a wonderful selection of award winning real ales, wines and spirits. Here are just some of the breweries we have on offer.

History of The Red Lion

The origins of the Red Lion as a pub go back to about 1844, where there is documentation of beer being sold in the separate cottages that then made up what we now know as the Red Lion.


Pub in Preston, Hitchin
Pub in Preston, Hitchin

Opening Times

  • Mon 12am - 11pm
  • Tue 12am - 11pm
  • Wed 12am - 11pm
  • Thur 12am - 11pm
  • Fri 12am - 11pm
  • Sat 12am - 11pm
  • Sun 12am - 10.30pm

Additional info:

MONDAY - FRIDAY CLOSED 2.30pm - 5pm SUNDAY CLOSED 3.30pm - 7pm

Pub in Preston, Hitchin


  • Disabled Access
  • Country Location
  • Free Parking
  • Serves Food
  • Pet Friendly
  • Outdoor Seating