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Red Lion Freehouse

East Chisenbury, Pewsey, Wiltshire, SN9 6AQ
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Red lion Freehouse, Wiltshire

Creative cooking with wow factor

Picture all the charms of a country pub – thatched roof, flagstones, locals at the bar, real ales on tap and a warm welcome – and combine them with the prowess of two talented chef owners who craft restaurant dishes with wow factor, and it’s little surprise this family‑run local has won a raft of foodie accolades and become a sought‑out dining destination.

Everything at this village pub near Salisbury Plain is crafted with superb attention to detail, from the pub‑snack scotch eggs to the sumptuous tasting menu. If something can be made in‑house, it is. If not, owners Brittany and Guy Manning will source it from top‑notch producers.

Dishes such as wild brill with samphire, Shetland mussels, garden potatoes, dill and langoustine bisque showcase Guy’s superb creativity. Pastry chef Brittany’s formidable skills come to the fore in the likes of raspberry sorbet with wasabi, lime curd and zested shortbread.

Guests can dine inside to imbibe the rustic ambience or, on a warm day, take advantage of the garden tables. The à la carte menu with wine pairings includes the pub’s signature chateaubriand of Wiltshire beef for two, as well as a five‑course tasting menu.

Trencherman’s tip: visitors can turn their trip into an enticing gourmet retreat by booking a room at Troutbeck, the pub’s five‑bedroom boutique guesthouse overlooking the River Avon. It’s worth it for the breakfast alone: a luxe affair of own‑smoked ham or salmon served alongside homemade muffins and hollandaise.

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Chef(s): Connor Barber‑Starkey
3 course dinner from: £53
Seats: 50
Bedrooms:  5
Room rate from: £170

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