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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Travel: Visiting The Cotswolds - The Lion Inn, Winchcombe

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The Place:

The Lion Inn is nestled within the quaint north street of Wincombe village, located in the south of the Cotswolds. North street is one of the main roads in Winchcombe and is lined with a couple of restaurants, pubs and little shops full of Cotswolds treats and treasures. 

The Lion Inn started it's life as a coaching inn back in the 15th century and in the last 6 years it has undergone an extensive 6-month renovation period of the building and its grounds. The owners, determined not to loose any of the inn's original quirk, charm and character have stayed very true to its roots. 

A favourite spot of mine was the resident snug at the front of the pub, complete with tipsy lampshades, mismatched armchairs and elegant, towering candle pillars which looked like they'd been pulled straight out of a medieval banquet hall and served up with a modern, vintage twist. 

During my stay this proved the perfect residence for snuggling down with a glass of wine and a good book, or just spying on passers-by at the window seat. 

The Rooms:
Relatively small in it's accommodation offering, the Lion Inn is currently able to offer 7 delightful double bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, including a suite with its own exterior entrance from the outdoor garden. You can see from the website that each room holds its own individual character and ambiance. 

We were staying the night in Room 2; one of the superior rooms featuring original beams and quirky period features, in particular a fairly worn, wooden rocking horse which clearly held it's fair share of history. Our room was located at the front of the hotel overlooking North Street, in the oldest part of the pub. 

Light and spacious with a comfy king-size bed - the room was an ideal cosy Cotswolds retreat for us. The only part that was lacking was the small "hobbit hole" entrance door into the bathroom - Alex did quite struggle to get through and I managed to bang my head a couple of times, however moaning aside, this little hobbit-like door adds to the unique quirk and character of this historic coaching inn. 

The Food:
Dining was a relaxed affair in a smart, shabby-chic environment. The menu is full of deliciously tempting food, theres an imaginative wine list and friendly, animated staff. Seasonal ingredients are sourced locally from the best suppliers in the area and the menus are based on what is fresh and available and menu items change frequently. 

My scrumptious starter comprised of confit pork belly, pomme puree, pancetta, apple, black pudding and a rich jus - priced at £6.50 for a starter, the pub is looking to adopt a sophisticated gourmet menu which can be reflected by the slightly higher than average ticket price. 

The pork belly was delicious and in all honesty, it was the first piece of pork crackling I've been able to eat without breaking my teeth - which is always a bonus - chefs take note! My main - let's just say the chef clearly took a liking to me as I received the biggest portion of lemon sole on my dinner plate! The food was tasty and filling, the company even better. 

Visiting the Cotswolds:

If your looking to visit the Cotswolds, The Lion Inn proves an ideal base from which to explore some of the most beautiful locations in the Cotswolds. The towns of Chipping Campden, Broadway, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, The Guitings, The Slaughters, Cirencester and many other smaller beautiful villages and hamlet are all within 30 – 40 minutes by car.

This characterful pub with rooms features enviable rustic decor throughout - the ultimate in countryside chic and oozes charm. Its the perfect place to stop and take in the beauty of the Cotswolds, which is all around you!

For more travel reads, explore Elounda's picturesque fishing village with me in my previous travel post. 

The Lion Inn
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(*) My overnight stay and dinner at the The Lion Inn was provided on a complimentary basis in exchange for an honest review on my blog. All opinions expressed here are my own (*)

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