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The Red Lion Inn (Pub)

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High St
Tel:  01672 539266
Fax:  01672 539618
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The Red Lion no longer offers bed and breakfast accommodation. Since 2008, when Kirsty Ayre became landlady, all accommodation has ceased.

There was always a problem of access for the upstairs bedrooms outside normal opening hours. This resulted in the guests being "locked in" once the bars had closed at night. Attempts were made to exit the building at night via the rear fire escape, resulting in the fire alarms being triggered and the building being evacuated.

An alternative access and refurbishment survey was carried out but was found to be prohibitively expensive. As this problem is unlikely to be resolved in the near future, it would be safe to assume that any bed and breakfast accommodation can be ruled out completely.
Kirsty regrets this but is only the tenant of the establishment and any comments should be directed to Green King who own the property.

All the other eating and drinking facilities are unaffected and the pub continues to be open daily from 11am till 11pm

Posted by Chance
10th April 2010ce

At first the Red Lion may seem - like the rest of the buildings in the stone circle - a bit intrusive, even sacriligious.

But once you realise that the henge is the centre of a vast landscape of monuments, a central place to rest becomes a welcome thing, and the promise of a good pint or fine whisky can make all the difference for walking that last mile or two.

Built in the early 1700s when the roads east and south of Avebury were the main road from London to Bath, it's a beautiful thatch-roofed building.

There's a good range of well-kept beers, very friendly staff, real fires, bog-standard pub food.

There's 4 rooms for the bed and breakfast accommodation, and it's all staightforward, unfussy and fine for the money. They do have a bit of a problem understanding the concept of veganism, but that's hardly unique.

For bookings & other enquiries:
telephone 01672 539266 or fax 01672 539618
Posted by Merrick
12th April 2002ce

On the surface it seems like a bit of a dear do at 60 quid per night but I would say that is great value for what you get. A lovely thatched english country pub with decent grub, lovely beer, friendly staff, nice comfortable rooms, and the BIGGEST stone circle group in the land all around you. 60 quid to stay in the middle of this sacred landscape is extremely good value in my book. Let's face it, they could charge what they liked and foriegn tourists would pay. There are cheaper alternatives available so its not like anyones excluded. Posted by fitzcoraldo
15th November 2001ce

Always good for a pint when you're trekking round the Henge.

Spent the night there a couple of years ago, and thought it was perhaps a little expensive, but it is the only pub in the world to be in a stone circle, so maybe we can forgive them.

When I stayed there they had late night and early morning entering/leaving restrictions, so if you stay and want to get up to watch the sun come up - or wander around the area in the dead of night, it might be wise to ask first.

Some reasonable veggie dishes.
Posted by Holy McGrail
18th September 2001ce