traditional pub revamped
A pub which has been a historic landmark in Todwick for so long that locals named their crossroads after it, has been given a revamp.
The 30-bedroomed Red Lion has been refurbished by owners Old English Inns. Work has been carefully carried out to respect the character of the building.
Once a Victorian farmhouse built in 1838, The Red Lion is known for its real oak beams and original flagstone floor, which have been retained during the refit.
A new menu features black pudding, Gloucester old spot sausages, belly pork, Scottish steaks, ale pie in its classic British pub dishes and sharing platters.
Old English Inns are owned by Suffolk-based Greene King, which operates 1,900 pubs, hotels and restaurants including the Loch Fyne chain, and is also the brewer of Old Speckled Hen and Abbot Ale.
The Red Lion’s makeover coincides with the end of long-term work to improve the A57, on which it sat. Now the major route is a dual carriageway which is slightly further away from the pub.
New manager Gavin Williams, from Worksop, has more than a decade’s experience running pubs and hotels.
He said: “Over the past five weeks the whole place has been transformed, enhancing all the original features.”
carluccio’s city visit
Self-proclaimed ‘greedy Italian’, famous chef Antonio Carluccio, will be in town in July – in order to sample his own fare.
He will be visiting his latest restaurant, a branch of the Carluccio’s chain which opens at 509 Ecclesall Road on Friday June 27. Antonio will be attending the VIP opening on July 1.
Simon Kossoff, CEO of Carluccio’s, says: “We have been keen to open on Ecclesall Road for a number of years and are delighted to have finally found the right site.”