Red Lion - Prestwick

9 The Cross, KA9 1AJ

Prestwick, Ayrshire & Arran

Cuisine: Bar Food, Gastro Pub

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About Red Lion - Prestwick

Modernised bar with Prestwick golfing history

Operating as a bar for almost two centuries, The Red Lion at The Cross is partially responsible for Ayrshire’s world-wide fame as a golfing paradise. In 1851, keen golfers who drank at what was then the Red Lion Inn founded the Prestwick Links course – scene of the first Open Championship in 1860.

While it retains its historical character, a recent refurbishment has brought The Red Lion fully up to date. A contemporary, red, grey and black colour scheme is at play throughout the public bar and lounge, the cocktail bar and the dining room. The outdoor seating is popular on sunny days.

Classic bar dishes

From full Scottish breakfasts to three course dinners via light lunches of toasties, sarnies and wraps, The Red Lion covers all dining occasions. The main menu is packed with bar menu classics such as steak and sausage ale pie, bangers ‘n’ mash and, of course, battered haddock. There is a selection of burgers and several pasta dishes to choose between.

Slightly more exotic options might be the fajitas; the tempura with dipping sauces or the pan-fried sea bass with olive oil mash, aged balsamic and gremolata. A grill section offers fillet and rib-eye steaks with all the trimmings.

Prestwick transport and attractions

The Red Lion is at The Cross in Prestwick. There is on-street parking nearby and further spaces in a car park to the rear of the bar. Prestwick rail station is a five minute walk. Local attractions include Prestwick Golf Club.

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