Public House of the Month


Red Lion

Wimborne, Dorset

The Red lion is situated in the village of Stuminster Marshall close to Wimborne and Blandford. It is a typical English Country Inn with an extensive car park, and garden for al fresco dining or just relaxing. A full al a carte menu is available six days a week, alongside our ever popular three courses for

Church Street, Sturminster Marshall, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 4BU

Tel: 01258 857319

  • Meeting Room
  • Garden
  • Historic Location

Red Lion

Posted on August 2014

Calum Baxter takes the time to tells us about running the Red Lion and his experiences.

 Tell me about how you first started in this industry?

I have been working in the industry for 30 years already and I am only 34, my father and sister were both publicans and I grew up in Glasgow living and helping out in the pubs. I then moved into the city and was a manager for a large pub chain; I was quickly promoted and worked for them for 8 years. I have now been running the Red Lion for almost 7 years and I love it.

What are your pubs best bits?

I love the bar; it’s modern and compact, compact enough to be able to talk to everyone. This creates a really friendly welcoming atmosphere in the pub.

How is The Red Lion part of its local community?

We hold a charity quiz night every month, all the proceeds go directly to the local church and the minister decides how to appropriately distribute the money. Whether to  a single mother who is struggling to buy new school uniform for her kids, or someone who can’t pay a heating bill in the winter. All the money raised goes directly to those who need it in the village. This happens completely anonymously so anyone can feel like they can ask for help if they need it.

What are the best bits of your job?

The people, everyone in the community knows you, which is lovely and everyone knows each other.

What sort of food is offered at the Red Lion and what is your signature, most popular dish?

We serve traditional yummy pub food, our focus is quality and consistency and using as many local suppliers as possible.

Our best-selling dish is our Dorset pork belly which comes from our local butchers.

If I was to go to the bar now and buy you a Badger beer which one would I get you?

 A pint of First Call, it’s an easy drinker very smooth and not heavy or gassy, it’s what I recommend to guests who are first time Badger drinkers.

If you were to recommend a perfect combination of Badger Ale and a meal for your guests, what would you recommend?

Our delicious homemade steak pie, with a bottle of Poacher’s Choice.

What is your favourite time of year at your pub?

That’s easy the summer, the garden looks beautiful, the kids are off school and the pub really gets used to its full potential.