The Red Lion Freehouse

East Chisenbury, Wiltshire

On the banks of the River Avon, in a ‘charming’ village, stands ‘a pub-with-rooms that has real character and is clearly popular with the locals’. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

On the banks of the River Avon, in a ‘charming’ village, stands ‘a pub-with-rooms that has real character and is clearly popular with the locals’. Trusted Guide readers on a return visit this year reported that Michelin-starred chef/proprietors Guy and Brittany Manning continue to run it with style. ‘We were delighted to discover that the menu is even better than we recalled.’ In the bar and dining room, ‘friendly, knowledgeable staff’ serve ‘exceptional’ and ‘delicious’ modern British dishes. Perhaps roast halibut with Cornish mussels; herb-roast guineafowl, potato millefeuille and Wye valley asparagus. Bedrooms, in the Troutbeck Guesthouse across the road, enjoy a private wooden deck with river views; each has rich soothing hues, contemporary bathroom, king-size bed. ‘Delightfully appointed’ Manser is dog-friendly; Benjamin has a roll-top, claw-foot bath. ‘We awoke to the sight of the River Avon, a grebe on the water, and beyond, rolling fields with sheep. Bliss.’ Breakfast, including a full English, home-made muffins and jams, is ‘splendid’. ‘It goes from strength to strength. We would go out of our way to stay here again.’ (Terence Bendixson, Chris and Erika Savory)

Hotel details

Address

Pewsey
East Chisenbury
Wiltshire
SN9 6AQ
England

Telephone

01980 671124

Bedrooms

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

Open

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

Facilities

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

Background music

in pub/restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa

Prices

per room B&B £155–£275, D,B&B £195–£275. À la carte £45.

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Comments about The Red Lion Freehouse

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

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