The Red Lion Freehouse

Readers this year ‘ran out of superlatives’ after a ‘rather splendid visit’ to this thatched gastropub in ‘a delightful village’. More

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East Chisenbury
01980 671124

Hotel information


5. On ground floor, in adjacent building; 1 (with wet room) suitable for disabled.


all year, kitchen closed Sun evening, all day Mon/Tues.


bar/restaurant, private dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 1-acre garden.

Background music

in pub/restaurant.


all ages welcomed.



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Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £160–£245, D,B&B £195–£260. A la carte £43.

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Good Hotel Guide Review

Readers this year ‘ran out of superlatives’ after a ‘rather splendid visit’ to this thatched gastropub in ‘a delightful village’. The bar is pure country local, with beams, exposed brick, log-burner, wooden tables and chairs – if you want just a pint and a pickled egg, that’s fine. But the big attraction is the Michelin-starred modern British cooking of chef/proprietors Guy and Brittany Manning, using the freshest local and home-grown ingredients. Our readers enjoyed ‘truly scrumptious’ Cornish crab tart; carrot and sweet potato velouté; pumpkin risotto; slow-cooked lamb shoulder, charred leeks, mash, lamb sauce; crème brûlée. The staff are ‘friendly and on the ball’. In fine weather you can eat alfresco in the garden. Bedrooms, in the Troutbeck Guesthouse, a bungalow across the road, are ‘decorated with enthusiasm and flair’. Each has a private deck overlooking a peaceful stretch of the River Avon. Dog-friendly Manser room was ‘very well appointed, with excellent bathroom’. At breakfast there are eggs from the Red Lion’s rescued hens, a ‘splendid full English’, smoked salmon, home-made breads and jams, all ‘beautifully presented’. (Chris and Erica Savory, J T-P)

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The Red Lion Freehouse
East Chisenbury

Guest comments

'For anyone arriving in the dark, this village pub contains two surprises. Only after ordering from the B&B dinner menu did we, by chance, discover that the Chef/proprietor has a Michelin star. He and his wife are people who hide their delicious light under a bushel. Next morning, on drawing open our curtains, we were greeted by the infant River Avon in the foreground, a chirping Grebe on the water and, beyond, rolling fields with sheep. Bliss. ' - Terence Bendixson - December, 2018
'As we had our dog with us we stayed in the Manser room at the Troutbeck Guest House which is the sister business to the Red Lion. The pub has real character and is clearly popular with the locals. The menu is if anything even better than we recall from our first visit. We would definitely go out of our way to stay here again. ' - Chris and Erika Savory - October, 2018
'A wonderful place. We loved he atmosphere, the food and the comfortable room. It had been designed with enthusiasm and flair. ' - Jackie Tunsrtall-Pedoe - September, 2016

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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide