The Red Lion
Once warmly welcomed into this pretty, honey-coloured pub in rural Gloucestershire, we sank into a sofa by the inglenook fireplace, and the cares of the day faded away as we savoured traditional cider and flavoursome beer from nearby Donnington Brewery.
In just a few months at this idyllic spot, Jayne and Martin have made their mark here, delivering quality food at reasonable prices to satisfied customers, both old and new. Martin is a creative chef, whose dedication to his craft is evident in a wide choice of traditional and world-inspired dishes, all of which are prepared in-house using local produce.
First up, sensational starters of king prawn cocktail and a humble goat’s cheese, asparagus and caramelised onion tart arrived. For mains, the tender Oxford lamb in red wine sauce, accompanied by Parmentier potatoes, grabbed my attention, while my partner sampled the tempting Gloucester Old Spot pork and black pudding Wellington, served with sugar snaps, Chantenay carrots and fresh asparagus. Dressed salads with melt-in-mouth cured pork and succulent smoked salmon were also enjoyed. To finish, a warming apple and berry crumble, and delicious banoffee pie brought our terrific meal to a delightful end.