16th-c inn with well liked food in two dining rooms, ten real ales, friendly, relaxed atmosphere and big garden; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
Despite being acquired by St Austell, this pub continues to run their on-site Hop Kettle microbrewery, cheerfully offering Proper Job and Tribute alongside three or four of their own brews, including Hop Kettle C.O.B., Element and North Wall and experimental offerings ' Oyster Stout with seaweed, anyone' They also keep several farm ciders, 12 wines by the glass, ten malt whiskies and 15 gins. The traditional bar has stools by the nice old counter, wheelbacks and other chairs around dark wooden tables on a patterned carpet, an open fire and bric-a-brac on the stone walls such as stuffed fish, animal heads and old street signs. You can eat here or in the slightly more formal dining room, furnished with pale wooden farmhouse chairs and tables on parquet flooring and a woodburning stove in a brick fireplace. There are plenty of picnic-sets in the big back garden. The five bedrooms are comfortable and breakfasts good. Cricklade itself is charming or you can walk along the Thames Path, a mere 100 metres away.
The good pub guide food review
Enjoyable, seasonal food includes dishes such as crispy salt and chilli squid, crispy skinned cod loin with wild mushrooms and crushed new potatoes, pine nut-crusted rack of lamb with salsa verde and butter bean cassoulet, Thai crab risotto, caramelised red onion and goats cheese tart with warm potato salad, assorted pizzas, and puddings such as chocolate brownie with ice-cream and whiskey, white chocolate and apricot bread and butter pudding.
Red Lion, 74 High Street, Cricklade, Swindon, Wilts, SN6 6DD
Pub Group: St Austell