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DERBYSHIRE - Wensley, Red Lion Inn

An historic pub interior which was of national or regional importance which is now permanently closed

Main Rd, Wensley, DE4 2LH

Tel: None


Real Ale & Cider: Real Ale

Listed Status: Not listed

View this pub in WhatPub for full details of this pub's facilities

Pub permanently closed

Pub closed and owner has confirmed pub will not reopen

Closed: 01/01/2010

Former Description
A farm pub run by George & Barbara Belfield (brother and sister) since 1949 until they closed it in 1998. The adjoining farm was sold off in the 1980s. The pub has 2 plain rooms and nothing has changed here in years. Only bottle beers are sold but it does sell tea, coffee and soft drinks including milk shakes!

The Red Lion has been a no-smoking pub since 1968 when George, fed up with collecting taxes for the government, said the next time they put up the tax on cigarettes they would stop selling them. They still have the price list from 1968 when Players No. 6 cost 4 shillings (20p) for 20 and Bensons & Hedges were 6 shillings and a penny (30p) for 20 !. Shortly afterwards they banned smoking all together. Dogs and swearing are also banned. Walkers please remove muddy boots!

The carpeted Bar has four Formica top tables, benches with carpet samples on them, a tiled fireplace with an electric fire, and a piano. House specialty here is 'Milliguin' which features half a pint of Guinness & half a pint of Milk 1.60 a pint (1996), Barbara's recommended 'pick-me-up'.

The Lounge is usually locked, but ask and they will open it for you. It has an aluminium bar front with red Formica top, red metal framed canvas covered chairs and Formica top tables. There is also one antique oak settle, tiled fireplace with electric fire and an embroidered Red Lion sign on the wall. Try one of Barbara's home made cobs with fillings including own boiled ham and (home-grown) beetroot, tuna, salmon, cheese etc. The cooked meats are fetched from the cellar as there is no fridge here ! Outside gents toilet.

An amazing survivor with no modern pub icons whatsoever. Visit while you can. No real ale or keg beer on sale and not likely to be!

Red Lion Inn, Wensley