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Lazy Lion pub aims to become the pride of Milford with relaxed relaunch

Bar staff at the relaunched Lazy Lion in Milford
Bar staff at the relaunched Lazy Lion in Milford

A MILFORD pub roared back into life this week as landlord Ian Robertson, who has been running the hugely successful Monkey House at Lymington, moved just a few miles down the road to launch his new venture.

He has transformed the Red Lion in the High Street into the Lazy Lion – a pub with the emphasis on casual dining in a great atmosphere.

It is what Ian achieved at The Monkey House for over five years – drawing a clientele from all across the county.

He said of his new business: “I’m going to have fun with it, it’s a very exciting venture and I am really looking forward to it.

“It’s going to have a great social atmosphere with very good quality home cooked food. I hate the term gastro pub, it’s so pretentious, so that is certainly not what I am calling The Lazy Lion.

“Pubs should be fun places with a relaxed atmosphere, somewhere people can go to mix and chat.”

Ian will be offering lunch, dinner and from next week afternoon tea with the emphasis on “traditional pub meals alongside seasonal specials.”

Landlord Ian Robertson shows off the new-look Lazy Lion
Landlord Ian Robertson shows off the new-look Lazy Lion

He says he wants to welcome singles, couples, and families “basically anyone” adding: “I hope it becomes a real village local where everyone wants to go. I really enjoyed my time at The Monkey House but this is a new challenge which is exciting to take on.”

He has given the former Red Lion a makeover with wooden floorboards and a cool off-white and grey colour scheme.

Ian said: “Milford is a lovely village and I am really looking forward to The Lazy Lion becoming a focal point of it. I am also looking forward to welcoming former customers from Lymington along with a host of new ones. “

The new menu includes old favourites like prawn cocktail for £6.50, deep fried brie £7 followed by rib eye steak with pepper sauce £20, sweet potato curry £11 and a dirty burger for £14. There is also ‘shopping basket meals’ including scampi, or Cumberland sausage ring, marinade chicken and haloumi.

Upstairs there are now three stylish bedrooms offering accommodation and outside there is soon to be a new decking area.

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