Oxfordshire is prime lengthy weekend territory; a superb central location, attractive medieval villages, historic cities and gorgeous countryside. We just lately paid a go to to The Lion within the village of Wendlebury in Oxfordshire and have been delighted to find an enthralling and splendid village pub, good for foodies and people exploring the county.
The fairly village of Wendlebury lies inside the Evenlode Valley in Oxfordshire and the placement actually couldn’t be higher. You are lower than 10 minutes from the designer outlet purchasing centre of Bicester Village which we totally loved visiting – though our bank card could disagree! Oxford and Blenheim Palace are each close by, as, after all, is attractive rural Oxfordshire, certainly there are a number of walks that may be taken proper from the entrance door of the pub. The nearest prepare station is Bicester Village with direct mainline companies from London Marylebone taking simply 1hr and 10minutes, so you may go away work and be stress-free on the patio with a drink in hand earlier than the solar has even considered setting!
Style & Character
The Lion merely oozes character. It’s a type of locations with numerous nooks and crannies, numerous little areas to find and to sit down and calm down. The lovely Cotswold stone is a function in nearly each room, as are attractive beamed ceilings and plenty of quirky equipment; making a relaxed, country-chic vibe.
Service & Facilities
There are a number of separate areas to sit down within the bar, the restaurant itself has a conservatory part which connects to the primary restaurant room and out of doors there’s a massive courtyard patio space with big umbrellas and plenty of flowers which we have been very pleased to make full use of from early afternoon till late within the night. There’s additionally loads of parking onsite.
The service is pleasant and relaxed, we appreciated the eye of the chef who popped out to examine every part was okay.
There are 13 fashionable visitor rooms in a separate constructing on the far aspect of the patio which have been newly created this yr. Ours got here with a settee mattress which had been pre-converted right into a mattress for our kids and even with this taken under consideration, the room was nonetheless lots spacious for the 4 of us. The French door was very welcoming on a very scorching spell for the British Isles (sure, we do get them!). The room services have been nice; recent shortbread and packets of Artisan crisps, Temple Spa toiletries, bottles of nonetheless and glowing water and a really snug mattress – the little ending touches have been a lot appreciated.
Food & Drink
We totally loved all of the meals (and drink!) at The Lion. There is a seasonally altering menu and a day by day specials board each stuffed with basic, regionally sourced English dishes with a recent twist. I’d extremely advocate the Spiced Chickpea, Feta and Mint Burger which was as scrumptious because it sounds! We have been too full to do the dessert board correct justice however at breakfast the following morning, the Eggs Benedict was probably the greatest I’ve ever tasted! There’s a breakfast buffet desk with croissants, cereals, fruit and toast constituted of freshly baked bread and you’ll order scorching meals from a menu. The well-stocked bar features a vary of ales and superb wines, we have been additionally happy to have the ability to select from a number of gins with numerous tonics to accompany them.
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