We stopped at the Red Lion for one night in February 2014 with our daughter and son-in-law. We were greeted by Claudia, who soon sorted out our rooms and presented a very welcoming face of the hotel. We climbed the narrow, winding staircase to our rooms and negotiated the maze of corridors typical of old buildings like this. There is hardly a flat surface in the place, but this adds to its charm.
The rooms were comfortable and quite well appointed with the usual TV, tea and coffee and toiletries provided. We had rooms 7 and 12 and room 7 would definitely benefit from a bit of a makeover. The window was cracked and there were traces of black mould on one of the walls. The bathroom was great with a bath and shower and plenty of hot water. In fairness to the hotel, I spoke to the manager and he has only been there two weeks, and has plans to smarten the rooms up. The beds were excellent and we all had a great night’s sleep.
We had a few drinks in the bar and then went into the restaurant to eat. The food and wine was excellent and we all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The only slight negative was the attitude of the waitress, who seemed to feel we were a bit of an inconvenience. She looked put out every time we asked for drinks or extras to be brought to the table, and as we were the last diners left made a rather noisy point of preparing the tables around us for breakfast. Minor issues perhaps, but when spending over £400 for a one night stay we felt justified in demanding high standards of service. To be fair, this aside everyone else we dealt with was very accommodating so no real complaints. Special mention again for Claudia – lovely lady from Portugal.
We had breakfast before hitting the road and while pretty standard (cereal, fruit juice, cooked breakfast etc.), it was all fresh and well presented. We all had a really great time at the Red Lion, and we would certainly stay there again. Recommended!
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- Also Known As:
- Red Lion Banbury
- Banbury Red Lion