The Lion Inn

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

More chic than shabby, full of bonhomie - a beautifully revived medieval inn, with a short seasonal menu and delectable bedrooms above


8 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 - 3


The determination to restore this old inn’s charms has been a joyous success. Push open the heavy oak door to reveal a beautiful main bar: rugs on pale-painted floors, candles at mullioned windows, rough stone walls, and a log fire crackling in a 15th-century inglenook. Jugs of fresh flowers, battered leather armchairs and grand gilt-framed paintings enhance the authentic feel. Review the papers over a pint of real ale, play scrabble, cards or one of the selection of games. Order from the seasonal menu: perhaps slow roast pork belly with creamed potatoes, savoy cabbage, red wine jus and prunes, followed by honey and almond panna cotta. Country-chic rooms upstairs – one with its own small balcony, one above the lively snug bar – are toasty-warm and TV-free, with inviting beds and soothing colours, upholstered armchairs and antique furniture. Bathrooms are just as good, with Bramley products and en-suite showers. Winchcombe is on the Cotswold Way; Chipping Campden, Broadway and Cheltenham are a short drive.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information


Dog beds in bedrooms, treats and biscuits on request. Towels, water in the gardens and lots of walking maps of the Cotswold Way.

£15 per dog per night. Max. 2 dogs per room.

Garden, river and lake short walk away.

Lunch from £12. Dinner, 3 courses, £28.


Nightly price
from £110
Extra bed/sofabed available £25 per child per night.
7 Doubles
From £110
1 Suite for 3
From £150


Excellent hospitality, our room was very pleasant and comfortable. We arrived late after a very long car journey, the staff were very welcoming and they were very keen to attend to our every need. The travel cot we requested was brand new which was a nice touch and showed that they genuinely do go the extra mile. Breakfast was excellent. We will certainly be back. Thank you.


Absolutely wonderful. One of the nicest places I have ever stayed at. Would recommend anyone to go here.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Fiona Moucq

  • The Lion Inn is ideally located in the centre of Winchcombe, a wonderfully unspoilt town in one of the most stunning areas of the Cotswolds.
  • Ideally placed to visit Cheltenham which hosts fabulous festivals throughout the year such as Literature, Music, Jazz, Food, Science and of course the world famous race meets.
  • Our town is full of antiques centres, award-winning delicatessens, acclaimed restaurants and, on the outskirts, one of the most romantic country houses in England – Sudeley Castle!
  • At The Lion Inn we have a selection of our favourite, local, circular walks that we can provide for your stay. These range from 1 hour short walks to 5-6 hour romps through the Cotswold countryside.
  • 4 star awarded pub and several times over award winner, including New Pub of the Year 2017.
  • We can arrange clay pigeon shooting, horse riding, fishing, rides on the steam train, visits to Prescott Speed Hill Climb (on certain dates) and tickets for the shows in Cheltenham.