The Lion Inn
Allow yourself to fully relax at this 15th-century coaching inn, which is tucked away in the historic town of Winchcombe. Built from the honey-coloured stone of the region, it invites reverie and is stylishly rustic, thanks to the fireside armchairs, stone walls, pale beams , grand paintings and wooden tables adorned with fresh flowers. Visitors are also welcome to stay the night, thanks to the eight country-chic bedrooms.
All food is cooked from scratch and just about everything comes from local suppliers. In recognition of its excellence, The Lion has earned an AA rosette.
We called in for an evening meal, and both chose to begin with the lobster and squid ink tagliatelle from the enticing, seasonal bill of fare. For the main course, I chose line-caught sea trout with French ratatouille, while my companion plumped for braised wagyu beef brisket with mash. Restraint went out of the window when it came to choosing dessert. From the tempting selection, we chose pear and apple tarte tatin and Eton Mess. Keen to linger a little longer, we sipped English wine and locally brewed real ale in the snug, although next time we’d like to dine al fresco in the lavender-filled garden. Visit The Lion Inn for a dose of gourmet cheer – you won’t be disappointed.