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The Red Lion, Cricklade
What’s it like? An ancient coaching inn on the High Street of this attractive and busy Thames-side village. It has a popular, bustling bar and more formal restaurant area. You can eat in either.
What’s special about the food? The Good Pub Guide liked their modern, Blumenthal-influenced British cooking so much it made the Red Lion its Wiltshire Dining Pub of the Year. Each dish is matched, not to wine, but to a beer.
Any local suppliers? The pub brews its own beer in an outbuilding. They also swap their beer for vegetables grown by villagers. Butts Farm, just over the Wiltshire county border, supplies the meat.
Any other reasons to visit? There’s a big back garden, they are acclaimed by CAMRA for serving up to ten real ales and more than 50 different bottled beers. There are five AA four-star bedrooms too.
Red Lion food is highly rated - but not too highly priced
• Simon Heptinstall has written about food and reviewed restaurants for many websites and publications, including The Mail on Sunday, The Times, BMW Magazine, 1001 Restaurants, The RAC Magazine, Wiltshire Life, The Telegraph, BBC Countryfile, Bath Advertiser, travelintelligence.com, the Clifton Digest, Lexus Magazine, the Bristol Journal, Taste Britain (book), thetraveleditor.com, Peugeot Rapport, Bake magazine, Journeys magazine, With Kids, Weston Mercury and BBC Top Gear magazine.