The Lion Inn

For our bank holiday weekend we packed our bags and headed down to Winchcombe for an overnight stay at The Lion Inn: a Cotswold pub with a selection of rooms.

The inn is located on North Street and has a gorgeous old country style exterior that I immediately fell in love with. Both inside and outside had such character.

We arrived a few hours early so before we checked into our room we explored the town and searched for some walking destinations. We also popped into Cotswold Bone, a lovely little independent dog shop selling all sorts of luxurious items for your dog with a stylish country feel. We knew about them from Instagram, so popped in to say hello and to get some Frozzys frozen yoghurt for the dogs, as it was such a warm day.

After some lunch we headed back to check into our room which was room 4. Before we were shown to our room, we waited in a little area called “The Snug” which was next to the bar. It was beautifully styled and had an impressive fireplace. 

Maximus didn’t take long to settle in!

We were in the ‘mini suite’ which was a sophisticated little room made up of gorgeous neutral colours of cream and purple. It had a chic, elegant look. The bathroom was classic but modern with a large walk in shower and a selection of toiletries on a little wooden stand. The room had crisp white bedsheets and soft fluffy towels. 

The dogs were very excited and confused at the same time! They’ve never been on this sort of adventure before, it was all new.

Dog beds were provided but of course Maximus and Oscar, being the spoilt pooches that they are, made it clear where they would be sleeping that night…

Dog bowls can also be provided if needed.

After we got some photos and unpacked, we set off again to take the dogs on a walk we’d found earlier that day. Just a few minutes walk from the pub, along the picturesque streets, there are some fields that we thought were perfect for some ball throwing.

Having a place nearby to burn off some of Max’s excess energy is always handy, especially when I want him to be on his best behaviour at the pub!


When we got back from our walk we went down to the pub garden for a drink before we got ready for dinner. The terrace was full of gorgeous, delicate Spring flowers, I think flowers are always such a lovely touch. It was like sitting in a country garden. 

Maximus enjoyed sitting out in the garden too…

After a drink, we retreated to the restaurant for dinner. I was really looking forward to seeing their menu, I knew it would be good. 

Understandably, dogs aren’t allowed in the restaurant but can join you in The Snug and bar area (and of course the garden).  

The restaurant was very classy, and the menu wasn’t disappointing either! I decided on the pulled chicken penne pasta with pancetta and spinach in a tasty tarragon cream sauce. It bursted with flavours that all complimented each other beautifully. The portions were delicate and well presented.

Satisfied, we went back to the pub garden for a last drink and played a game of cards before heading up to bed to rest up for another day of adventures the following day.

Waking up from a very pleasant sleep, it was time for breakfast! We had our breakfast in the bar and the dogs accompanied us. I opted for the full English breakfast but being fussy I didn’t have everything that it included so mine looked quite sparse but it was delicious!

If a continental breakfast is more down your street they also had a table in the restaurant that had a selection of pastries, cereals and juices.

After breakfast we packed our bags, said our thanks and left the pub. To our luck, there was a lovely craft market going on right outside the pub doors, it was the perfect end to a lovely trip in Winchcombe.

Thank you to The Lion Inn for having us. 


Charlotte & Maximus x

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