Red Lion Freehouse
“Exemplary village pub with the full range of hospitality” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's View
Along a narrow lane in a slip of a Wiltshire village, Guy and Brittany Manning's thatched pub is what most of us hope to find in a country inn. Inside, a big brick fireplace and bare-boarded floors, with menus chalked up on blackboards, set the tone, and the place is run with appreciable charm and cheer. The regionally based menus of sharply defined country cooking are extremely appealing. Chestnut soup with Brussels leaves, bacon lardons and chives might raise the curtain for wild mushroom and celeriac pithivier with Burbage shiitakes and brown butter, or roast quail crown with medjool date and foie gras samosa, king carrots, glazed Roscoff onion and dukkah. At the end, there might be classic crème brûlée, or stem ginger baked Alaska with poached Yorkshire rhubarb. Sunday lunches are a locally revered amenity, and the breakfasts are a thing of beauty too.
Awards, Accolades & welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 45
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday evening, Monday and Tuesday lunch
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.30
- Dinner served from: 6
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 8
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 35
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
Also in the Area
About The area
A land shrouded in mystery, myth and legend, Wiltshire evokes images of ancient stone circles, white chalk horses carved into hillsides, crop circles and the forbidden, empty landscape of Salisbury Plain. To many M4 and A303 drivers heading out of London through the clutter of the Thames Valley, Wiltshire is where the landscape opens out and rural England begins.
Wiltshire’s charm lies in the beauty of its countryside. The expansive chalk landscapes of the Marlborough and Pewsey downs and Cranborne Chase inspire a sense of space and freedom, offering miles of uninterrupted views deep into Dorset, Somerset and the Cotswolds. Wiltshire’s thriving market towns and picturesque villages provide worthwhile visits and welcome diversions. Stroll through quaint timbered and thatched villages in the southern Woodford and Avon valleys and explore the historic streets of the stone villages of Lacock, Castle Combe and Sherston. Walk around Salisbury and discover architectural styles from the 13th century to the present and take time to visit the city’s elegant cathedral and fascinating museums. And if all of that isn’t enough, the county is also richly endowed with manor houses, mansions and beautiful gardens.
Places to Stay
Recommended things to do
Why Choose Rated Trips
Your trusted guide to rated places across the UK
The Best Coverage
Discover more than 15,000 professionally rated places to stay, eat and visit from across the UK and Ireland.
Choose a place to stay safe in the knowledge that it has been expertly assessed by trained assessors.
Plan Your Next Trip
Search by location or the type of place you're visiting to find your next ideal holiday experience.
Read our articles, city guides and recommended things to do for inspiration. We're here to help you explore the UK.