The Lion Inn | Inn in Gloucestershire | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Lion Inn - Inn in Gloucestershire

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North Street Winchcombe, Cheltenham, GL54 5PS, Gloucestershire
England, United Kingdom

Sue Chalmers

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+44 (0)1242 603300(landline)

More chic than shabby, full of bonhomie - a beautifully revived medieval inn, with a short seasonal menu and delectable bedrooms above

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The determination to restore this old inn's charms has been a joyous success. Push open the heavy oak door to reveal a beautiful main bar: rugs on pale-painted floors, candles at mullioned windows, rough stone walls, and a log fire crackling in a 15th-century inglenook. Jugs of fresh flowers, battered leather armchairs and grand gilt-framed paintings enhance the authentic feel. Review the papers over a pint of real ale, play scrabble, cards or one of the selection of games. Order from the seasonal menu: perhaps slow roast pork belly with creamed potatoes, savoy cabbage, red wine jus and prunes, followed by honey and almond panna cotta. Country-chic rooms upstairs – one with its own small balcony, one above the lively snug bar – are toasty-warm and TV-free, with inviting beds and soothing colours, upholstered armchairs and antique furniture. Bathrooms are just as good, with Bramley products and en-suite showers. Winchcombe is on the Cotswold Way; Chipping Campden, Broadway and Cheltenham are a short drive.

Children welcome
Kids of all ages can stay.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.

Local points of interest from Sue Chalmers:

Local points of interest from
Sue Chalmers:

  • The Lion Inn is ideally located in the centre of Winchcombe, a wonderfully unspoilt town in one of the most stunning areas of the Cotswolds.
  • Ideally placed to visit Cheltenham which hosts fabulous festivals throughout the year such as Literature, Music, Jazz, Food, Science and of course the world famous race meets.
  • Our town is full of antiques centres, award-winning delicatessens, acclaimed restaurants and, on the outskirts, one of the most romantic country houses in England – Sudeley Castle!
  • At The Lion Inn we have a selection of our favourite, local, circular walks that we can provide for your stay. These range from 1 hour short walks to 5-6 hour romps through the Cotswold countryside.
  • 4 star awarded pub and several times over award winner, including New Pub of the Year 2017.
  • We can arrange clay pigeon shooting, horse riding, fishing, rides on the steam train, visits to Prescott Speed Hill Climb (on certain dates) and tickets for the shows in Cheltenham.
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Guest feedback
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"Excellent hospitality, our room was very pleasant and comfortable. We arrived late after a very long car journey, the staff were very welcoming and they were very keen to attend to our every need. The travel cot we requested was brand new which was a nice touch and showed that they genuinely do go the extra mile. Breakfast was excellent. We will certainly be back. Thank you."


August 2015
"We visited in November 8 of our family in 4 rooms and we all enjoyed the experience. Lovely accommodation, and the food was excellent, will go again"
November 2014
"Absolutely wonderful. One of the nicest places I have ever stayed at. Would recommend anyone to go here. "
November 2013

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  • 7 Doubles
  • , 1 Suite for 3
Price:(i) £110 to£195 per night

Extra bed/sofabed available £25 per child per night.

Booking info:


Lunch from £12. Dinner, 3 courses, £28.



Paw prints Bringing your dog
Handy to know:

Garden, river and lake short walk away.

Dog treats:

Dog beds in bedrooms, treats and biscuits on request. Towels, water in the gardens and lots of walking maps of the Cotswold Way.

Dog fee:

£15 per dog per night. Max. 2 dogs per room.

Bringing your dog

North Street Winchcombe, Cheltenham, GL54 5PS, Gloucestershire

Inn 7 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 110 to £ 185 per night
Inn 1 Suite, sleeping 3
Price: (i) £ 150 to £ 195 per night

Sue Chalmers

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+44 (0)1242 603300(landline)