The Red Lion at Long Compton is another winner and a sheer delight for its food and atmosphere.
Originally built as a coaching inn in 1748, this Grade II listed free house is located in the Cotswolds which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has five bedrooms and is close to Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford which are less than a 45-minute drive away. The railway station at Moreton-in-Marsh is six miles away.
There are tales of witches in the village and nearby is the prehistoric stone circle, known as the Rollright Stones.
The Red Lion has seen many changes over the years, yet still retains the charm and character while its food is rather special.
The restaurant is extensive but avoids feeling so. as exposed stone walls, timber panels and decorative screens break up the dining areas into intimate spaces. There’s a large enclosed patio area and garden brimming with shrubs and flowers.
Head Chef Sarah prepares hearty food using local produce whenever possible, such as Todenham Manor pork, Rollright Cheese and ales from nearby breweries. The menu changes with the seasons and may include ham hock, leek and mustard terrine with homemade piccalilli; homemade steak and Hook Norton ale pie; wild mushroom vol-au-vent with leeks, stilton, cream and a watercress sauce; iced passion fruit parfait with summer berry compote.
And there is plenty of fuss and treats for dogs. The dog-friendly accommodation includes a dog bowl, towel and mat to ensure your dog feels right at home!
Main Street, Long Compton, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 5JS