We booked the Red Lion as a one night stopover while travelling on the M40. We arrived late (8pm) due to M25 traffic and found the pub very busy (a good sign). Nevertheless we received a friendly welcome and were pointed to our room. This involved climbing a narrow spiral staircase with luggage. The room itself was clean and well equipped but small. The double bed was against one wall meaning one person had to climb over the other to get in or out. We don't find that acceptable and although the room was small the bed could have been positioned just away from the wall to give access. Just as surprising was the bathroom which was situated on a mezzanine floor reached by a narrow staicase. It was well equipped with a large free standing bath in the centre of the room, very fashionable but diificult for the older generation to use the shower as there were no grab handles. Fine for youngsters. The walls were also very thin so you could hear people talking in the adjacent room. We then went for dinner which was very good - standard pub food but very well done and some good real ale properly kept. Breakfast was good with a choice of cereals, fruit etc and any variation on the full English breakfast. Dan, the manager, was an excellent host who could not do enough to help. Overall an excellent pub with good food and beer but you would need to be fully able to easily use the rooms (or room 8 at least). We are able bodied but older so found the room difficult. I think Old English Inns should make this clear on their web site and when booking. I am not sure if all rooms had mezzanine bathrooms or whether access might be easier from the fire escapes. For thses reasons we probably would not stay again.
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- Also Known As:
- Red Lion Banbury
- Banbury Red Lion