Behind every successful pub you will find a darn good Chef! Enter stage left our very own Simon Lamb. Simon is thrilled to be Head Chef at newly opened Red Lion in Odiham and is no stranger to the Red Mist family.

Simon Lamb’s chef career has spanned over 25 years and has taken him on many an adventure (for which several adventures took place in the lands of Amsterdam) to reach the accolades and success that follows his reputation today.

Simon Lamb out walking

Simon joined Red Mist Leisure in 2011 where he led the kitchen at The Duke of Cambridge in Tilford, before launching The Red Lion.  Simon loves to experiment with flavours and taking classic cuisine and adding a modern twist; he’s a firm believer that food should not be too fussy in order to allow the natural flavours to shine through!

A unique characteristic of Simon is his ability to achieve excellence and manage a successful kitchen team across a diverse range of kitchens whether that be hotels, restaurants, cafes or pubs.  He’s built an excellent kitchen team here at The Red Lion and the food has received rave reviews!

Surrey Pork Chop

Home is where the heart is

Home is of huge importance to Simon and he and his family have lived in the local area for over 11 years and call the beautiful little village of Badshot Lea their home. When not working in the kitchens, designing our seasonal menus or meeting with local farmers and food suppliers, you will find him enjoying quality time with his wife and daughter, or out running along the local canal paths.


We asked Simon a quick-fire round of questions to help us understand who he is, outside of the kitchen:

Your favourite movie of all time?

It has to be Terminator 2… Arnie at his very best and the sound-track only gets better with age!

Your ‘Last Supper’ request?

Hmmmm….that’s a tough one, but it would have to be a meltingly-tender Lamb shank braised long and slow in a rich, red wine. It would be served with a creamy and well-seasoned mash and my home-grown vegetables.

Your favourite tipple?

Well, if it’s to go with my last supper I would like to sip on a glass of a smooth red wine, perhaps a Malbec or Rioja wine.  If we’ve got friends over and enjoying a BBQ in the sunshine, I love nothing more than a bottle of golden ale…the local brewers make some of the best on the market!

If you want to taste the fresh, seasonal dishes created by Simon and his team, book a table now and come and see what we’ve done with the place! The Red Lion was previously Next Door at the George, located on Odiham high street.