Award-winning pub near Melton under new management

Mark Barbour who is the new general manager at the Red Lion Inn, in Stathern'PHOTO: Supplied
Mark Barbour who is the new general manager at the Red Lion Inn, in Stathern'PHOTO: Supplied
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An award winning pub near Melton is under new management.

The Red Lion Inn, in Stathern, is beginning a new chapter under Mark Barbour who is returning to take the reins.

It’s a happy homecoming for Mark, who was general manager at the pub from 2002 to 2006 when it won many awards, including the title of AA Pub Of the Year and The Publican Food Pub of the Year.

The Red Lion Inn is co-owned by Ben Jones and Sean Hope, who also own The Olive Branch in Clipsham. Ben and Sean will continue to be involved in the Red Lion Inn but will start to step back to concentrate on other areas of the business.

Mark said: “I’ve always had an affection for the Red Lion and the customers I met during my first spell here. My family and I love the area too, so I’m really excited to be back in the Vale of Belvoir.

“I’m also happy to be working with Sean and Ben again and I’m looking forward to bringing some new ideas to the table to take the Red Lion forward.”

The pub was named Leicestershire and Rutland Dining Pub of the Year 2015 in the latest Good Pub Guide and has held a Michelin Bib Gourmand for several years.

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