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Country inn in peaceful village run by hard-working chef-owners, contemporary décor, an informal atmosphere and excellent food; fine bedrooms
?It's such a treat coming here and a very special place to stay overnight, too' says one reader with enthusiasm; so many others agree. The wonderful food cooked by Mr and Mrs Manning (both are top chefs) draws customers from far and wide, but this is also a proper pub where locals congregate at high chairs by the bar for a pint and a chat: Flack Manor Union Flack on handpump, 30 wines by the glass, home-made cordial and quite a range of gins and 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 sofa and armchairs, 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. The very well equipped, boutique-style bedrooms are in a separate building with private decks just a few metres from the River Avon; breakfasts are delicious and the bloody marys and bucks fizz are complimentary. They make their own dog treats and can organise a packed lunch for walkers.
Bar food times: 12-2.30, 6-8.30; 12-2 Sun
They raise their own pigs, keep chickens and grow some produce for the inspired food: lunchtime sandwiches and smoked ham and eggs plus ceviche of scallops with burnt apple, jalapenos peppers and dill, tagliatelle of mussels with saffron, Pernod and chives, mushroom and cheese pithivier with chestnuts, kalettes, cavolo nero, truffle nage and crispy parmesan, herb-roast guinea fowl breast with potato millefeuille, charred leek, black truffle and madeira velouté, roast turbot with saffron-braised potatoes, fennel, brown shrimps, monk's beard and sauce bourride, and puddings such as new york cheesecake with bay leaf, rhubarb and iced Hendricks and tonic and Valrhona chocolate torte with banana compote, coffee cream and hazelnut praline; they also offer a two- and three-course set menu.
Britt and Guy Manning
What the licensee says
The Red Lion Freehouse is a truly unique, modern-day inn on the edge of Salisbury Plain. Awarded a Michelin star in 2012, this family-run, thatched country pub takes its food offering seriously but insists on keeping the vibe as warm and welcoming as possible. Accessible to the pint-drinking punter (with sandwiches, pub grub and a fantastic value prix fixe menu on weekdays) and the food adventurer (with epic tasting menus each season, or for a special occasions), one can enjoy a Michelin meal of varying descriptions. Both the pub area and the 20-seat private dining room welcome children, dogs, your unruly aunt- you name it. All are invited and well looked after.
For those who want to make a real occasion of it, stay at Troutbeck- the Red Lionu2019s converted bungalow just steps across the road. With the same attention to detail as lovingly poured into the food, all 5 of Troutbecku2019s en-suite rooms have river views, private decks and all the amenities you would expect from its 5 star rating (and of course a fantastic breakfast to finish you off properly).
The Mannings and Co. have worked hard to create a place with real soul- where the food has personality, the surroundings are relaxed and the hospitality is sincere. Join the team for a meal at the pub or a sleep at Troubeck and enjoy being part of the family for a while.
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