Red Lion Freehouse – East Chisenbury, Wiltshire
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A short drive from Stonehenge, this quintessential English pub has held a Michelin star for the last eight years. It’s run with unpretentious warmth by committed owners Guy and Brittany Manning, along with their close-knit team, Oxford Sandy & Black pigs that live at the top of the garden and Stowford, the springer spaniel. Guy and Dan Barker are the superb joint head chefs, preparing wonderful dishes such as baked Cornish turbot or rib of Wiltshire beef, for the main restaurant and private dining room upstairs, often using garden produce (don’t miss the local truffle season, from September to December). Brittany is American – they met while working in a New York restaurant – and a talented pastry chef who whips up sweet treats for the bakery, which opens every Sunday morning. She’s also responsible for Troutbeck, the converted bungalow turned guest house along the lane containing five chic bedrooms. Each has a private deck overlooking the idyllic River Avon, where you can fish for trout. Thatched and pretty as a picture, the Red Lion Freehouse makes an exceptional bolthole in unspoilt countryside.
Doubles from £155
+44 (0)1980 671124; redlionfreehouse.com