Red Lion - Chelwood - Food

Food at The Red Lion

One of the best dining pubs in Haywards Heath, the Red Lion serves up an enticing menu of modern country cooking.

There’s a collection of pub classics promising tradition with a twist, an innovative selection of chef’s specials, and even a delicious range of gourmet nibbles. Everything is freshly prepared from superb seasonal ingredients, using locally sourced produce as much as possible.

Great for family dining, there’s even a dedicated children’s menu here at the Red Lion - while those seeking a light bite at lunchtime can choose from a fine array of fresh sandwiches.

However big or small your appetite though, you’ll always want to leave room for dessert. From delectable cheese boards to unusual ice creams, there’s plenty of treats here that will tempt you to indulge!

Main Menu

Sample Dishes

Salt and Pepper Squid Fries, Charred Lime, Wasabi Mayonnaise

Moroccan Lamb, Apricot Cous Cous, Flatbread

Steak Burger & Skinny Fries, Cheese, Bacon, Baby Gem, Beef Tomato, Red Onion, Mayo

Pan Fried Sirloin Steak, Chunky Chips, Vine Tomatoes, Field Mushroom, Peppercorn Sauce

Truffled Macaroni Cheese, Garlic Ciabatta Bread

Glazed Goats Cheese, Ratatouille, Puff Pastry, Warm Potato Salad

Apple and Blackberry Crumble, Homemade Custard

Bread and Butter Pudding, Orange Marmalade, Clotted Cream Ice Cream

Plus children's options, sandwiches, side dishes and cheese boards


Visited Saturday evening without a reservation - warm welcome and shown promptly to a good table. Comprehensive menu, attentive friendly service and excellent food. We're not local but would definitely visit again if in the area.

Anonymous, TripAdvisor

Sat outside in the lovely garden in the sun and had the Sunday roast. I had chicken and friend had roast beef. Both were outstanding. Loved the little mixed vegetables and beans. Really tasty. Roast potatoes were excellent and good Yorkshire. This will definitely be a 'go to' place for lunch from now on. Staff very friendly and polite and portions good.

Liam12march - TripAdvisor

We went there for Sunday lunch with 2 kids, super friendly and attentive staff with great sense of humour for the kids. Very generous portions and good quality food. Garden is good for kids with the climbing frame too.

James M - TripAdvisor

Popped in quite late on a mid week evening, although the kitchen was shutting, they were more than happy to feed us. We ordered two steaks, cooked perfectly! The peppercorn jus was delicious. Staff also very friendly and welcoming, especially a barman/waiter named Gary. We will be back.

The_Fox_WestHoathly - TripAdvisor

Sample Midweek Menu

 A sample midweek menu. 

Midweek menu

Sample Sunday Menu

A sample Sunday menu.

Sunday menu

Cream Teas

We are now serving afternoon cream teas! Pre-booking is now required - large and small parties welcome.

Cream Tea
   Sussex Food & Drink Guide