The Red Lion

“Popular pub with own kitchen garden” - AA Inspector



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A pretty 17th-century pub with a large garden set on the skew in the middle of the village; experts have deduced from the positioning of its wooden beams and open fireplaces that it was originally two cottages. Experienced publicans Ian Neale and Lisa Neale have established a good reputation and the pub goes from strength to strength. They have transformed the pub’s land into a productive kitchen garden producing seasonal fruit and vegetables for their menus, and their chickens do their part too, laying a surplus of eggs. The tempting modern menus might offer a starter of pork and chorizo terrine, chutney, pickles and toast; or salt beef stovie, fried egg, mustard sauce. Following on could be Densham’s pork and sage sausages, mash potato, honey-roasted carrots, gravy; fillet of brill, girolle mushrooms, sweetcorn purée, grilled potatoes and pancetta; or The Red Lion burger with chunky chips.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

AA Pick of the Pubs
The Red Lion
Phone : 01865 300301


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Free Wifi
  • Garden
Opening times
  • Open all year

About the area

Discover Oxfordshire

Located at the heart of England, Oxfordshire enjoys a rich heritage and surprisingly varied scenery. Its landscape encompasses open chalk downland and glorious beechwoods, picturesque rivers and attractive villages set in peaceful farmland. The countryside in the northwest of Oxfordshire seems isolated by comparison, more redolent of the north of England, with its broad views, undulating landscape and dry-stone walls. The sleepy backwaters of Abingdon, Wallingford, Wantage, Watlington and Witney reveal how Oxfordshire’s old towns evolved over the centuries, while Oxford’s imposing streets reflect the beauty and elegance of ‘that sweet city with her dreaming spires.’ Fans of the fictional sleuth Inspector Morse will recognise many Oxford landmarks described in the books and used in the television series.

The county demonstrates how the strong influence of humans has shaped this part of England over the centuries. The Romans built villas in the pretty river valleys that thread their way through Oxfordshire, the Saxons constructed royal palaces here, and the Normans left an impressive legacy of castles and churches. The philanthropic wool merchants made their mark too, and many of their fine buildings serve as a long-lasting testimony to what they did for the good of the local community.

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