The Red Lion Freehouse

East Chisenbury, Wiltshire

On the edge of Salisbury Plain not far from Stonehenge, this thatched 19th-century beer house is run as a friendly village local and Michelin-starred pub-with-rooms by chef/proprietors Guy and Brittany Manning. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

On the edge of Salisbury Plain not far from Stonehenge, this thatched 19th-century beer house is run as a friendly village local and Michelin-starred pub-with-rooms by chef/proprietors Guy and Brittany Manning. ‘It has real character,’ readers write. ‘We were welcomed by a friendly barman who recognised us from a previous visit.’ The food is the star here, with carefully sourced, home-grown and foraged ingredients in such dishes as Salisbury Plain venison with celeriac, cavallo nero, prunes and sauce poivrade; and roast Cornish cod with gyoza and pak choi. Pastry chef Brittany turns her hand to such delights as Yorkshire ‘rhubarb and custard’ tart with hazelnut crunch and Negroni sorbet. The boutique bedrooms don’t disappoint either. In a modern bungalow opposite, they have full-height glass doors on to decking beside the River Avon, a king-size bed, minibar and smart, modern bathroom. The largest has its own entrance, a leather sofa bed for an extra guest, a roll-top bath and rainfall shower. ‘We chatted to a couple who decided to stay on for a second night, they were so impressed.’ (Terence Bendixson, C and ES)

Hotel details

Address

East Chisenbury
Pewsey
Wiltshire
SN9 6AQ
England

Telephone

01980 671124

Bedrooms

5. On ground floor, 
1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year except 25 Dec, kitchen closed Sun evening, all day Mon/Tues.

Facilities

bar/restaurant, private dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), ½-acre garden.

Background music

in pub/restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed, travel cot from £15, extra bed for child £50.

Dogs

allowed in 1 bedroom by arrangement (£10 a night).

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £160–£195 (£245 Sat and peak times), D,B&B £195–£245 (Wed–Fri, non-peak times). 3-course fixed-price menu £24–£28, à la carte £60, pre-booked 7-course tasting menu £75.

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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 2020 Good Hotel Guide