Winchcombe’s Lion Inn wins New Pub of the Year 2017

PUBLISHED: 11:41 20 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:41 20 September 2016

Lion Inn, Winchcombe © Ard van der Leeuw Flickr CC BY-N2.0

Lion Inn, Winchcombe © Ard van der Leeuw Flickr CC BY-N2.0


The Epicurean Collection is thrilled to announce that The Lion Inn, Winchcombe has won New Pub of the Year 2017.

Every year the Good Pub Guide editors select the very best pubs from across the country to be awarded a collection of National Awards. Including titles such as “New Pub of the Year”, “Dining Pub of the Year” and “Inn of the Year”, these pubs demonstrate an excellence that is above and beyond.

In winning “New Pub of the Year” The Lion celebrates what it has to offer its patrons, share what makes this Cotswolds bolthole so exceptional, and most importantly, get excited about what landlady Sue Chalmers has planned for The Lion’s future.

Dating from the 15th century, The Lion is a former coaching inn decorated in rustic-chic furnishings to complement its history. Fresh flowers, contemporary music and a bright and welcoming team of staff infuse heart and soul into this cosy and relaxed environment.

“I have only been here 5 months, but I know I joined at an exciting time. We have recruited a new team, who are enthusiastically driving initiatives I am confident will make The Lion a destination pub to visit. They prioritise customer service and take training seriously in order to provide our guests with the best quality experience possible,” explains Sue.

Some of these changes include a new head chef who is preparing quintessentially British menus that reflect Cotwolds provenance. “We are looking to build on our relationships with local food and beverage suppliers to support business in the area, and aiming for 2 AA rosettes and planning to retain our 4 star status.” explains Sue. With local brews on tap including Brakspears, Oxford Gold, and North Cotswold Windrush Ale, The Lion already supports the county business and industry. Adding a twist to traditional favourites, Head Chef Richard Hancox sources the freshest seasonal ingredients and has created dishes including confit pork belly with pomme purée, pancetta, apple and black pudding, baked filo pastry with brie and rosemary and confit garlic and quince marmalade.

The team is also looking forward to planning the best Christmas events and hosting some amazing parties in the private room. The dining room overlooks the garden, with high ceilings, exposed beams and large windows that floods the room with light, making any private celebration a special one, but particularly at Christmas.

“In order to make the Lion a destination for celebrating the Cotswolds, we want to plan lots of exciting new events such as outdoor cinema, gin tasting and live acoustic music. What better way to experience what the area has to offer than through this kind of engagement!”

Furthermore, the local community means a lot to the team at The Lion, and Sue wants the patrons to feel a part of the business.“We will be holding supper clubs for our locals so they have a chance to test new menus and provide feedback.”

Guests can enjoy the peace and quiet of the Cotswolds from the rear garden, popular for al fresco dining in the English summertime. Stay tuned for some developments to the garden which will be ready by next summer.

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