Historic inn in fine town with drinking and dining spaces in character rooms, and seats on pretty terraces; warm, TV-free bedrooms
The good pub guide review
This attractive and bustling 16th-c coaching inn is set in the heart of a lovely town considered the 'walking capital' of the Cotswolds ' making it the perfect base for exploring. The rustic-chic bar and dining areas have exposed golden-stone walls or portraits and gilt-edged mirrors on pale paintwork, armchairs, scatter cushions on wall seats, stools and elegant wooden dining chairs around mixed tables on flagstones, jugs of fresh flowers and plenty of big stubby candles. Marstons EPA, Prescott Grand Prix, Wye Valley Butty Bach and a changing guest on handpump, 17 good wines by the glass, 20 gins and ten malt whiskies served by smiling, courteous staff; daily papers, board games, TV and background music. Wood and metal seats and tables sit on various terraced areas among shrubs and climbers and there are more seats on grass. The eight bedrooms are individually decorated in a country style; two have their own staircases and one is in a converted hayloft. Sudeley Castle is within walking distance and Cheltenham Racecourse is nearby.
The good pub guide food review
Good food includes lunchtime sandwiches, Scottish smoked salmon with watercress and shaved fennel, heritage tomato and buffalo mozarella salad, British brisket burger with ruby slaw and fries, vegan burger with vegan white cheddar, guacamole and fries, seared bream fillet with Cornish new potato niçoise, pan-fried 8oz rump steak with field mushroom, tomato and chunky chips, and puddings such as lemon tart with crème fraiche and eton mess pavlova.
At The Lion Inn, you can enjoy delicious home-cooked, locally-sourced food and a great selection of beer, wine and spirits in a beautiful, relaxing environment that dates back to the 15th Century.The Lion is a place you can walk into on your own or go with friends and family for coffee and cake, bar snacks, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner, stay the night or the week and know that you will receive a warm welcome and be well looked after.The constantly changing menu can also be enjoyed al-fresco in the large, sunny well-stocked garden. The Lion Inn is an ideal base from which to explore some of the most beautiful locations in the Cotswolds. There is stunning countryside, beautiful walks and cycle routes, open gardens, festivals, country fetes, races, vintage car hill climbs, local cider, perry and beers, pick your own fruit, and fields of Cotswold lavender.The towns of Chipping Campden, Broadway, Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Burford, Northleach, The Guitings, The Slaughters, Cirencester and many other smaller beautiful villages and hamlet are all within 30 – 40 minutes by car.
Lion, 37 North Street, Winchcombe, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 5PS
Pub Group: Cirrus Inns