We prebooked on Expedia for a Tuesday night at £90, which seemed expensive but the reviews appeared to be good.
We parked out back and went to the bar with our cases. It was some time before anyone came, and then we had to wait while he served a drink to someone first.
He showed us to our room. The Red Lion is on the corner of High St and Sheep St - a small door off Sheep Street, opened to show our door, 'Jethro' room, and a stair to at least one more room above.
The bedroom was a good size, though with a low ceiling. 4-poster bed, headboard to the window onto Sheep Street. 2 3-drawer bedside chests with lamps. A large stone fireplace with a raised grate filled with firewood. Red carpet and curtains. Armchair and coffee table. Tea-making and biscuits. A 7-drawer tall chest opposite the bed with a flatscreen TV on top. 4-drawer knee-hole dressing table with small mirror (no stool). Wall mirror. 2 internal windows onto a gravel path hung with someone's washing, including at least one pair of underpants, perhaps 30cm from the glass. A cupboard, containing a mid-level shelf with coathangers hanging below it, 2 irons, and a hairdrier on the shelf. No ironing board.
Large bathroom - raised corner bath with shower attachment. No wall bracket for shower and no headspace to stand up anyway. Old stained linoleum which looked and felt dirty though it possibly wasn't. Large dark chest of 6 drawers by the window onto Sheep Street – fortunately there were curtains to pull. Full size shampoo and shower cream in the corner of the bath. Cheap thin toilet paper. Nice white towels. No towel rail, but a folding screen which we used to drape them over.
We slept very poorly, between the traffic noise right next to our heads, the creaking ceiling/floor of people moving about above, and the narrow not very comfortable bed. The pillows were comfortable and the room was not too hot, in spite of the heatwave.
For breakfast, you had to fill in a 7-item tick box sheet the night before, and say what time you were going. Small storage jars of cereals were arranged along the bar, also Orange juice and 3 small kilner jars of jam/honey/marmalade. Coffee was served in a Coffee Press cafetiere, with the plunger already pressed down. It was fairly weak and tasteless. We helped ourselves to cereals. The muesli was cheap and powdery and soaked up milk like a sponge. No fruit: neither fresh, canned nor dried. No yogurts. The pre-ordered hot items were brought to table : 1 fried egg (no offer to cook it any other way) , 2 dry and chewy rashers of bacon, an attractive but tasteless sausage (I think someone had forgotten to add meat to the recipe), nice buttered mushrooms, and a good cooked tomato (we had declined beans). Two half slices each of very nice brown toast were served on one plate, with a small bowl of butter. (No side plates were provided.)
A party of 6, we ate dinner in the bar restaurant. The waitress was pleasant and the food was well-served. We only had main courses, and they were reasonable value. I had Garlic Chicken with creamy mushrooms, which was above average for pub food, and my husband had fish and chips, which was only average. Our companions were pleased with the choices of beers.
Chipping Campden is a delightful place, and well worth an overnight stay. One of our couples spent their first night in the Red Lion and their second in the Old Bakehouse, which they found far superior in every way. If you must stay in the Lion, an upstairs room might be quieter.
an upstairs room might be quieter
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