16th-c pub with friendly staff, interesting bar food, real ales and a big landscaped garden; comfortable bedrooms
The good pub guide review
Nestled within a pretty conservation village, this historic, Grade-II listed pub features a low-beamed bar with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. There are oak chairs and tables on bare boards, two leather chesterfield sofas, an open fire and an old wall clock. You'll find their own-label Red & Black Ale (from the local Nethergate Brewery) plus Adnams Ghost Ship, Woodfordes Wherry and a guest such as Crafty Beers Sixteen Strides on handpump, 17 wines by the glass, 15 malt whiskies and first class service. An informal dining area has high-backed settles, and the smart restaurant (with oak rafters and traditional dry peg construction) is decorated with various pictures and assorted clocks. In warm weather, there's plenty of seating outside with teak tables and chairs on one terrace, huge parasols on a second terrace by the porch and picnic-sets on grass. There's also a dovecote and nice views of the village church. The Imperial War Museum at Duxford is close by. This is a nice place to stay in well equipped, pretty bedrooms in a separate flint and brick building; breakfasts are good. They also own the Black Bull in Balsham just up the road.
The good pub guide food review
Appetising food includes sandwiches, chilli, lime and parsley tiger prawns with soba noodles, black treacle-cured salmon with lemongrass and ginger purée, pickled beetroot and spring onion, beetroot and roast butternut squash wellington with new potatoes, sautéed cabbage and chestnuts, pork schnitzel with new potatoes and chorizo jam, steak and ale pie, Moroccan vegetable tagine with minted yogurt, flatbread and rice, and puddings such as maple baked pears with granola and vegan vanilla ice-cream and sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce.
A privately owned free house pub restaurant with accommodation that has resided at the heart of the pretty conservation village of Hinxton since the 16th Century.
This historic, Grade II listed building has exposed beams, well stoked fires and Chesterfield sofas, while an impressive oak, dry peg extension makes for an elegant and spacious restaurant.
There is a quintessentially English, Cambridge-walled garden, complete with dovecote and church tower views.
Red Lion, 32 High Street, Hinxton, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1QY