The Red Lion Freehouse

East Chisenbury, Wiltshire

A ‘laid-back, fire-in-the hearth, village pub atmosphere’ prevails at this thatched gastropub with riverside guesthouse on the edge of Salisbury Plain. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

A ‘laid-back, fire-in-the hearth, village pub atmosphere’ prevails at this thatched gastropub with riverside guest house on the edge of Salisbury Plain. It is ‘a lovely place to stay, in beautiful surroundings’. Chef/proprietors Guy and Brittany Manning make everything possible in-house, from Scotch eggs and sourdough to ice cream and doggie treats. You can dine in the bar/restaurant, or in the garden among the nasturtiums and broad beans. The menu includes dishes such as chargrilled chateaubriand or cod, roast romanesco, cauliflower purée, and brown shrimp. Across the road, stylish guest rooms have decking beside the River Avon from which to watch for otters. One reader had the ‘very comfortable’ Benjamin, with large rainwater shower, ‘terrific views, designer hip bath, all the bells and whistles’. Another regretted that dog-friendly Manser’s bathroom was only partially adapted for a wheelchair while commenting that otherwise, the place is ‘excellently run with attentive, well-trained staff and out-of-this world food’. Breakfast brings Brittany’s pastries, Buck’s Fizz or Bloody Mary. ‘Bound to return.’ (John Chambers, Mark Lowe)

Hotel details


East Chisenbury


01980 671124


5. On ground floor, 
1 partially suitable for disabled.


all year except 25/26 Dec, closed all day Sun, Mon, and Tues lunch.


bar/restaurant, private dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), ½-acre garden, restaurant wheelchair accessible, no adapted toilet.

Background music

in pub/restaurant.


all ages welcomed, travel cot £25, extra bed (aged 3–10) £50.


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

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £195. 
À la carte £50, 5-course fixed-price menu £55, pre-booked 7-course tasting menu £85.

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