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Friendly traditional inn with real community spirit

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu

A pub since at least 1778, when it was called the Queen’s Head. It subsequently became the Red Lion, but it was Lord Combermere’s success at the Siege of Bhurtpore in India in 1826 that inspired the name that has stuck. Simon and Nicky George came across it in 1991, boarded-up and stripped out. Simon is a direct descendant of Joyce George, who leased the pub from the Combermere Estate in 1849, so was motivated by his family history to take on the hard work of restoring the interior. Since then, ‘award-winning’ hardly does justice to the accolades heaped upon this hostelry. In the bar, 11 ever-changing real ales are available, mostly from local microbreweries, as are real ciders and continental draught lagers. An annual beer festival, reputedly Cheshire’s largest, showcases around 130 real ales. The pub has also been shortlisted many times for the ‘National Whisky Pub of the Year’ award, and there is a soft drinks menu. Recognition extends to the kitchen too, where unfussy dishes of classic pub fare are prepared using hearty British ingredients.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December, 1 January
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 12–11.30 (Friday to Saturday 12–12 Sun 12–11)
  • Lunch: Monday to Thursday 12–2, Friday to Saturday 12–9.30, Sunday 12–8.30
  • Dinner: Monday to Thursday 5.30–9.30, Friday to Saturday 12–9.30, Sunday 12–8.30

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Salopian Golden Thread, Abbeydale Absolution, Weetwood Oast-House Gold, Hobsons Twisted Spire, Acorn Yorkshire Pride, Merlins Gold
  • Real ciders: Hogan's, Thatchers Cheddar Valley, Wrenbury Cider

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

Just off A530 between Nantwich and Whitchurch. Follow Wrenbury signs at crossroads in village.

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