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Refined destination village dining-pub

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year

There's something about the yellow Northamptonshire stone and thatched roof of Nick Bonner and Ren Aveiro's Red Lion that declares 'classic English village pub'. Classic ideas in the food too, from a starter of ham hock and black pudding fritter with piccalilli mayonnaise; or whipped goats’ cheese, beetroot and walnut salad with sloe gin dressing, to mains of roasted hake with gnocchi and spicy tomato and chorizo casserole; or slow-cooked lamb shoulder, Greek-style salad and mint yogurt. Home-made doughnuts with warm jam sauce will prove more than tempting for dessert. As an accompaniment, a reasonably priced glass of Pinot Grigio or Malbec, or maybe a pint of Bombardier. In the grounds, overlooking rolling countryside, Nick and fellow director Wendy Carter run Shires Cookery School.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11-11
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 12-2.30, Saturday to Sunday all day
  • Dinner: Monday to Friday 6-9, Saturday to Sunday all day

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Bomardier, Young's

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu

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