News & Events


15th April 


Live Music

With the Bird and the Badman from 6.30pm. Everybody welcome!

17th Dec


Christmas Carols

Once again we have a 4 piece Salvation Army Brass Band joining us for a festive evening of carols, mulled wine & mince pies outside by the Christmas Tree. This is one of our most popular events and it's guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit! 

28th - 30th July



Beer, Gin & Cider Festival!

Yes it's back and this year with added GIN!!! Our Summer Festival celebrates our sixth year of being at The Red Lion, Thornby. Over the weekend of the 28th-30th July the Summer Festival will showcase 26 real ales, 10 ciders, 6 craft beers and new for this year 10 gins for you all to try.

We will be kicking things off on Friday evening with music from our locals favourite The Peas. Saturday brings music from local lad Jordan Herbert in the afternoon and headlining will be The Funk Soul Collective to keep us dancing into the evening.
Sunday sees the return of The Yellow Dog Rhythmn & Blues Band to keep us entertained from lunchtime into the afternoon. Sunday also brings The Classic Motorbike Meet from midday, and Simon will be attempting Thornby-Ventoux-Thornby with a few crazy cyclists clearing their heads in the morning. This year we will be finishing the event with a Charity Quiz from 6pm.

Our Chefs will be cooking up tasty BBQ and Street food all weekend. The kids will be entertained with face painting and a bouncy castle. All we can do is pray for weather like last year!!

We invite everyone to come along and enjoy this free event and join us in celebrating 6 years here at The Red Lion, Thornby.

To see the flyer please click here. If you require any more details about the event just give us a call on 01604 740238.




Re-decorating 15th - 24th May

From 15th - 24th May we are re-decorating the entire building. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause during your visit.
Opening hours are as normal with the exception of Tuesday 23rd & Wednesday 24th  May when the kitchen will be closed.




Mother's Day - Sunday 26th March

We are filling up fast for Mother's Day, if you would like to join us on this special day to celebrate your wonderful mum please give us a call to reserve your table.
If you'd like to take a look at the menu first please click here.

February 2017


We are looking for talented new staff to join our team

If you're enthusiastic, fun & hardworking come and join our team! Send your cv to or give us a call on 01604 740238 to find out more.

February 2017


Valentines Day

We have a few tables left for Valentines Day and we have a very special menu on offer for you. Click here to take a look.

December 2016


Is it that time of year again?!

With another fantastic festive menu on offer we're sure to be busy this December so please make sure you book your table to avoid disappointment. Click here to check out our Christmas menu.

We also have lots of things planned to get you feeling Christmassy including our increasingly popular Carols evening on Friday 23rd December at 7pm when we are joined by The Salvation Army brass band. This takes place outside by the Christmas tree, and with mulled wine and mince pies, there's nothing that will get you more in the mood for Christmas. Click here to see what else we have planned through December.




We are the very proud recipients of CAMRA's 'Rural Pub of the Season 2016. Thank you CAMRA for recognising what a great little pub The Red Lion is!

July 2016


Beer Festival

"We're all going on a Summer Holiday!"

This years beer festival goes to the beach! With more live music, the big red beach bus & a sandcastle building competition, its a summer holiday right here in Thornby! For more details please click here.

December 2015


Christmas is Coming!

Enjoy the forthcoming festive season at The Red Lion, Thornby, with our Christmas Menu available from the 1st-24th of December.

We are once again holding our Christmas Carol Evening on Sunday 20th with the Salvation Army Band, a Christmas Quiz on Monday 28th from our own quiz master Graham & a New Years Eve Party & Fireworks to bring in 2016! So join us to eat, drink and be merry this festive season! 

Keep up to date with all our events via our Twitter page

July 2015


"On Safari"
The Beer Festival is back!
With even more sunshine, music & beer it's set to be a grrrrreat weekend!
We kick off Friday night with Safari themed fancy dress  (optional) and fabulous live music from The Peas. From then on in its just fun, fun, fun! For more details of what's going on over the weekend click here


March 2015


Mothering Sunday

We are now taking bookings for Mothering Sunday 15th March. We will be extending our normal food service hours, bookings being taken between 12 noon and 7.30pm. Booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. 


February 2015


New arrival - Owen Josiah Cottle

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our son, Owen. He was born on Friday 20th February, We are exceptionally lucky to have a healthy young chap to join our family. We would like to thank everyone for their support, generous gifts and the mountain of cards that we have received!!


Dec 2014


Christmas Carols around the Christmas Tree
For the third year running we have a Salvation Army brass quartet here to enjoy a few Christmas Carols outside around the Christmas tree. The evening starts at 6.30pm and we have a break in the middle for homemade mince pies & mulled wine. Wrap up warm & bring your best singing voice!
Perfect for getting into the Christmas spirit!

 02-24 Dec 2014


Our Christmas menu is available
Tuesdays - Saturdays from 2nd - 24th December. 
Call us on 01604 740238 to reserve your table.


Nov 2014 

  Winter Beer Festival!
Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd November
Plenty of real ales on the pumps with some great new ones to try. Saturday night we'll have some live music from The Peas & a lovely homemade curry will be available from 6pm. Hope to see you then!


Nov 2014
  Join us for an evening of cheese & wine tasting - 7pm
With a selection of cheeses from St Giles Cheese & matching wine expertly chosen & presented by Duncan Murray. Tickets £20 per person.


July 2014
Summer Beer Festival 2014!
Our Summer Beer Festival is going to be on the weekend of 25th, 26th & 27th July, 


May 2014
Kitchen closure 6th May
We will be closed lunchtime on Tuesday 6th May due to building works. We will be open as usual in the evening. Apologies for any inconvenience.


March 2014
Beer Festival Update!
Plans are already underway for this years beer festival which will be held on 25th, 26th & 27th July 2014. Look out for updates on our website, facebook & twitter.


Dec 2013
Live music
Join us on 29th December with some live music from the fabulous Pete Watkins!
Starts at 6pm


Aug 2013
We're runners up in the Morrisons Magazine 'Great Grub Awards 2013'!
Click on the link below and then click on the pub icon on the right hand side of the page to see our write up!


July 2013
Beer Festival!
Join us on Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th July for the Red Lion Beer Festival!


July 2013
Change to kitchen opening hours
As of Tuesday 2nd July we now serve food at the slightly earlier time of 6pm (Tues-Sat).
Weekday lunchtimes we serve food from 12-2pm and Saturday 12-3pm (closed Mondays).


May 2013
Live Music!
Join us on Sunday evening at 6pm when Jim Carroll, front man to the Geripatricks, will be playing some live acoustic music in the bar.


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