Built in 1680, the Red Lion’s old well, now glass-covered, still remains in the taproom. Follow a walk to nearby Rowter Rocks and cosy up in the oak-beamed bar with its exposed stone walls, scrubbed oak tables and worn quarry-tiled floor. Quaff a pint of locally brewed Nine Ladies or one of the other weekly-changing real ales on tap, and refuel with a plate of home-cooked food. Start with a Sardinian speciality from owner Matteo Frau’s homeland, perhaps a selection of cured meats, cheese and olives, then follow with baked aubergine with a rich tomato sauce, or a 12oz sirloin steak. Their Sardinian evenings prove popular.
Open all year
Days closed: Monday in winter excluding bank holidays, Tuesday
Opening times: 6–11.30 (Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday 12–12 Sunday 12–11)
Lunch: Saturday 12–9, Sunday 12–8
Dinner: Wednesday to Friday 6–8, Saturday 12–8.30, Sunday 12–6