Ye Olde Red Lion, SM3 8QB
- 020 8642 5108
- 17 Park Road, SM3 8QB
- noon-11pm Mon-Wed; noon-midnight Thu-Sat; noon-10:30pm Sun
There are a number of separate areas inside, as well as some seating out the front and a fairly big paved beer garden with picnic benches. The decor and atmosphere are fairly traditional.
Aside from differences in the choice of ale, there didn't seem to have been many changes from our previous visit on a Tuesday evening in October 2010. On both visits there were quite a few people in — groups, couples, and even one or two people who seemed to have come on their own to have their dinner there. Music was playing; a reasonably eclectic combination including The Specials, The Who, and various hits from the '80s. A flatscreen was showing the news with subtitles and no sound on our first visit, and the tennis with no sound on our second visit. The presence of a party with a dog (inside, not in the garden) on our second visit suggests dog-friendliness.
Food is served from a fairly standard pub menu (until 9pm daily, according to the menu as of June 2012).
Notably, they have a cash machine that doesn't charge for withdrawals. They also have free wifi supplied by The Cloud; you have to give an email address and password to register, but there's no verification of the address and when Kake tried in June 2012 it happily accepted an address previously registered for Cloud wifi in a Wetherspoons.
Accessibility: No steps to get in. Step-free to the bar and at least some of the seating once you're in. A shallow ramp to the room at the left of the bar (from which the toilets are accessed). Not sure about access to the beer garden though.