Eating Out: Dragon needs to have more fire in its belly

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After hearing of the Red Dragon’s £70,000 refurbishment I had high hopes for a memorable meal.

With its prime spot on Kirkby Lonsdale’s main street, the Red Dragon is in a position to attract a great many customers.

Red Dragon.

Red Dragon.

However, on our visit some of the the staff members didn’t seem too keen to welcome us.

One barman in particular responded to every request with a pained and somewhat confused look.

Not the sort of warm Cumbrian welcome we’d anticipated.

And other customers who entered the pub shortly afterwards were told there was a “long wait” even though the pub was half empty. They said they were happy to wait but were told again that it would be an extremely long wait.

I was left wondering if the staff really wanted people’s custom.

And when the food did arrive it didn’t take that long after all. Pretty strange.

Anyway, if the food is good it’s worth the wait. When our food arrived it was, indeed, good and offered excellent value for money.

My deli board with smoked salmon, Blacksticks blue cheese, goats cheese and olives was tasty and filling.

My husband Mark’s bacon chop with chips and salad was equally good value for money.

A great deal of loving care has been lavished on the interior of the pub but the decor was much of a muchness compared to the town’s other eating establishments. The hunting-themed wallpaper, muted shades, Tweed-style upholstery and modern ornaments were pleasant but unoriginal.

If the service improves I would consider visiting the Red Dragon again as the pub grub menu offers variety and value for money.