The Red Lion, known lovingly by locals as The “Red Beastie”, is a fantastic little pub in Forres.
Located just off Forres High Street, it is an ideal central location for when you are exploring the area.
I recently went to the beastie for my dinner and found myself spoilt for choice for starters, mains and desserts. On my visit I opted to take advantage of the specials menu, treating myself to all three courses.
To start, I had the traditional haggis and clapshot with whisky cream. This deliciously Scottish dish melted in the mouth. The pub certainly did the classic combination justice!
I then had grilled butterflied chicken, served with rice and veg and a tasty honey Dijon sauce. The chicken was cooked perfectly – moist and juicy. The sauce added a nice sweet touch that brilliantly complimented the rest of the dish.
For my final and favourite course (dessert!) I had a fantastically sweet homemade oreo cheesecake. It was the perfect combination of a crumbly biscuit base, with a rich, creamy top half. The chunks of oreo mixed with the soft texture added a superb extra crunch that took the dessert to the next level. I would definitely recommend you give it a go if it is on the menu when you visit.
Unfortunately, on this occasion I was driving so I didn’t get to put the bar to the test. However, The Red Lion bar serves everything – from cask ales and premium lagers to wine or whisky. It is definitely the spot to unwind and relax with a drink in Forres.
The staff were all very friendly and the service was excellent. You are never left waiting to be served or dying of thirst waiting on a drink!
I would recommend the Red Beastie to anyone looking to relax and enjoy some good, hearty food after a long day.