Red Lion Freehouse

Country inn in peaceful village run by hard-working chef-owners, contemporary décor, an informal atmosphere and excellent food; fine bedrooms with riverfront decks


Accommodation available
Speciality beers
Cask ales
Craft beers
Disabled access
Smoking area
  • Sandwiches sold

Restaurant times: 5.45-10.30 Tues, Weds; 11.45-2.30, 5.45-10.30 Thurs-Sat; bakery only Sun

Typical main dish: local venison with medjool date and juniper poivrade

Typical main dish price: £27.00

Average two course evening meal price: £37.00

  • Speciality beers
  • Cask ales (3)
  • Craft beers (1)

Price of cheapest bitter: £4

Name of cheapest bitter: Ramsbury Gold

  • Dogs allowed in bedrooms

Number of bedrooms: 5

Bedrooms cost between £155 and £225

  • Children allowed in the bar
  • Children allowed in the restaurant
  • Dogs allowed in the bar
  • Dogs allowed in bedrooms

The good pub guide review

It's the superb food cooked by Mr and Mrs Manning (both are top chefs) that draws customers from far and wide, but this is also a proper pub where locals congregate by the bar for a pint and a chat. You'll find Ramsbury Blindside, Box and Stonehenge ales on handpump, 24 wines by the glass, home-made cordials, quite a range of gins and a dozen malt whiskies. One long room is split into different areas by brick and green-planked uprights. A big woodburner sits in a brick inglenook fireplace at one end; at the other is a comfortable black leather armchair, and in between are high-backed and farmhouse wooden dining chairs around various tables on bare boards or stone tiles, with pretty flowers and church candles dotted about. There's an additional dining area too and an upstairs private dining room; background music. Outside, the terrace and grassed area above it have picnic-sets and tables and chairs. They make their own dog treats and can organise a packed lunch for walkers. Just across the road from the pub is their boutique guesthouse, Troutbeck. The five well equipped and extremely comfortable bedrooms have private decks overlooking the River Avon and breakfasts are delicious; the bloody marys and bucks fizz are complimentary.

The good pub guide food review

Faultless food using their own produce and home-reared pigs and chickens includes lunchtime sandwiches, scallop ceviche with burnt apple, jalepeños and dill, mussel tagliatelle with saffron, Pernod and chives, wild mushroom pithivier with chestnuts, truffle nage and crispy parmesan, herb-roasted guinea fowl with potato millefeuille, charred leeks and madeira velouté, turbot with saffron-braised potatoes, fennel, brown shrimps and sauce bourride, and puddings such as new york cheesecake with bay, rhubarb and iced Hendrick's and tonic and bitter chocolate tart with banana compote, coffee cream and hazelnut praline. Instead of Sunday lunch, they now run a very popular morning bakery selling doughnuts and croissants, with beers until 1.30pm.

2021 Awards

Name of Licensee

Guy Manning

Contact Details

Red Lion Freehouse, East Chisenbury, SN9 6AQ