The Red Lion Pub with rooms in Hinxton, Cambridgeshire

Prices from:
£139 per night

David Hancock says:

  • 16th-century timbered gem
  • Sleepy village setting
  • Traditional feel; beams abound
  • Good pub food; local ales
  • Super summer garden
  • Simple, peaceful garden rooms
  • Close to Cambridge & M11

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The Red Lion Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, CB10 1QY

The personal touch

Travellers using the M11/A11 should take note of this postcard-pretty 16th-century free house – it’s just a mile from Junction 9A and stands tucked away in a gloriously peaceful village. The food is well worth shunning the ‘Services’ for, plus it’s only 10 miles from Cambridge (via back roads) so makes a convenient base for visiting the famous University town. Owner Alex Clarke is celebrating his fifteenth year at this historic, pink-washed inn, which features a cosy, traditional beamed bar with green Chesterfields on worn wooden floors, crackling winter log fires, and tip-tip East Anglian ales on handpump, notably Red & Black brewed for the pub by Nethergate Brewery, and Brandon Rusty Bucket. An informal dining area with timbers, open fire and high-backed settles leads through to a vaulted, oak-beamed restaurant, an impressive space in which to savour some top-notch pub food. Add cracking Sunday roasts with all the trimmings, and a fabulous garden for summer sipping and views of the parish church, and you have the best M11/A11 pit-stop for miles.

Sticky fingers

Families are welcome throughout the pub; smaller portions are served; and two interconnecting rooms are ideal for for a family overnight stay. Extra child’s bed & breakfast (£40).

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the bar and overnight in all the bedrooms for a small extra charge (£10).


Make the most of the fine walled garden on warmer days – it’s a peaceful spot with colourul flower borders, an arbour festooned with fragrant wisteria, teak tables on lawns and terraces, not to mention a dovecot and views of the village church tower.


What’s the Damage?
8 doubles/twin: £139- £159.

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar, dining room & one bedroom
  • Parking

AA 4 Stars & 1 Rosette


The Red Lion Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, CB10 1QY

Do not disturb

Peacefully tucked away at the far end of the walled garden, well away from the hubbub of the pub, the eight simple, contemporary-styled bedrooms are housed in a single storey mews style building and named after locally brewed ales and ciders, and guests have use of a private garden area. Recently spruced up by the original designer, Annie Lambert, all have a fresh, modern feel with oak floors, solid oak furnishings, bold colours and statement wall coverings, and five have quality 6ft super-king beds. Added comforts include fresh coffee and milk, Freeview TVs, telephones, and ceramic tiled bathrooms. A clean, comfortable and quiet base for exploring Cambridge.




What’s the Damage?
8 doubles/twin: £139- £159.

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar, dining room & one bedroom
  • Parking

AA 4 Stars & 1 Rosette

Eat & Drink

The Red Lion Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, CB10 1QY

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £6-£10.50; Main Courses: £12-£26; Desserts £6.50-£7)

Few pubs draw such an eclectic crowd for food, from weary drivers in search of a restful break and a quick sandwich and locals calling by for some comfort food to businessmen desiring three courses that will impress their clients. So, there’s something for everyone and everything is cooked fresh from locally sourced ingredients. Peruse the papers over pint and a steak sandwich with red onion and horseradish in the bar, or tuck into one of the classic pub dishes. The steak and ale pie will not disappoint, a rare treat to find lean beef and rich gravy encased in perfect, melt-in-the-mouth short-crust pastry, served with fresh seasonal vegetables, or try the maple-cured gammon with chips and free range egg. For something more imaginative look to the chalkboard specials or the carte. Here you may find smoked chicken terrine with plum chutney, sea bass with samphire and a saffron, cockle and mussel broth, and pork belly with spelt, pearl barley, squash, and spinach and kale risotto. The pub is famous locally for its monthly Pudding Club evenings, so don’t leave without trying the chocolate peanut brownie with chocolate and salted caramel ice cream, if you have room. Expect local micro-brewery ale on tap and a raft of wines (18 by the glass) sourced from Adnams and Cambridge Wine Merchants.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7.30am – 9am (8.30am-9.30am Saturday & Sunday)
Lunch: 12 noon – 2pm (2.30pm Saturday; 3pm Sunday)
Dinner: 6.30pm-9pm (9.30pm Friday & Saturday; 8pm Sunday)

Time at the bar

7.30am – 11pm (from 8.30am Saturday; 8.30am-10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?
8 doubles/twin: £139- £159.

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar, dining room & one bedroom
  • Parking

AA 4 Stars & 1 Rosette

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know –

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Ooshi Bubble Tea World, Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1AB

Perhaps a sign that cosmopolitan chic has spread to the provinces, dive into the unique wacky world of Taiwanese bubble tea. Jasmine green, Assam black or Oolong is blended with either fruit or milk, as well as ice, fruit syrups or tapioca pearls and then shaken to give it the bubbly froth. Once experienced, never forgotten.


The Rupert Brooke, Grantchester CB3 9NQ

The second Chestnut Inns property and sister to The Packhorse shares the same values - locally sourced food, great service and a traditional role at the heart of this historic and literary community, reputed to house more Nobel Prize winners than anywhere else. Travel here on the river by punt from nearby Cambridge.


Elveden Estate, Elveden IP24 3TQ

Lord 'Ned' Iveagh and his family have created a delightful emporium at the heart of the family 'farm' (the largest ring-fenced arable land in the UK), full of delicious foodie, retail and leisure opportunities. The food hall and attached cafe-restaurant, full of estate produce are just part of the appeal. Elveden's Christmas experience is a worthy discovery.


Eat Cambridge Festival CB2 3QB

A fortnight of fantastic local food and drink, a jam-packed schedule of tasty fringe events and a huge food and drink fair at the Corn Exchange. Mid May.


Fitzbillies, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RG

For over 90 years, this veritable Cambridge institution has been at the heart of 'town & gown', serving up bakery and patisserie of high standards, including legendary sticky Chelsea Buns. Now owned by a food writer, it includes a great cafe/restaurant for lunch and a coffee counter alongside the original shop.


La Hogue Farm Shop and Cafe, Chippenham CB7 5PZ

In a quiet rural setting, this is a real treat, not just the expected great range of produce and specialities, but a passionately-run shop and good lunchtime cafe, and also a butchery counter and delicious meals to go. Lovely alfresco setting too.


Cambridge Food Tour CB2 3QB

Walking food tours taking you off the beaten path through the eyes of local foodies around the city. Either join a public date or arrange a bespoke private one.

Out & About

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Racing at Newmarket, CB8 0TG

Dubbed the headquarters of the 'sport of kings' in Britain, Newmarket is an internationally renowned thoroughbred horse racing venue. The racecourse hosts two of the country's five 'classics' - the 1,000 Guineas and the 2,000 Guineas.



Martha V, 9-11 High Street, Newmarket CB8 8LX

Martha V is a high profile fashion boutique in Newmarket's High Street, stocking over 26 different labels, including Betty Barclay, Libra and Michaela Louisa. Browse the store and relax over a complementary cup of coffee.


Jessica Muir Gallery, Hall Street, Long Melford CO10 9JR

Resident artists Jessica Brown and Jean Muir showcase an eclectic mix of work from established artists and new designers, specialising in textiles, ceramics, paintings and original prints.


The Hunter Gallery, Hall Street, Long Melford CO10 9JQ

The longest established gallery in Long Melford, established in 2001, exhibits local, well-known artists from Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk and specializes in a wide range of styles and media to suit all tastes and budgets. Regular exhibitions.


Cambridge CB2 3BJ

Cambridge's excellent range of independent retailers offers something for everyone: an abundance of boutiques, scores of designer labels, a daily market and All Saints Garden Art and Craft Market every Saturday.


Long Melford Antiques Warehouse, Hall Street CO10 9JB

Four floors and more 250 dealers exhibiting a huge range of antiques, collectables, decorative items and 17th to 20th furniture – perfect for browsing and buying on a wet day.

Places to visit


The Manor, Hemingford Grey PE28 9BN

Take a stroll through the picturesque village of Hemingford Grey, near Huntingdon, walk along the towpath of the River Ouse and soon you reach the entrance to The Manor, a wonderfully atmospheric, continuously occupied, 900-year-old house that for many years was the home of the children's author, Lucy M. Boston. The garden is open all year; the house can be viewed by appointment only.


Ickworth, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5QE

Close to Bury St Edmounds, Ickworth's spectacular Rotunda was commissioned by the 4th Earl of Bristol to house his priceless artefacts collected on tours around Europe in the 18th century. The Italianate garden includes box hedges and Mediterranean planting.


Wicken Fen, Ely CB7 5XP

Discover a secluded world of flowering meadows and reedbeds described by the National Trust who manage the site as 'a window onto a lost fenland landscape'. Here, you'll find hen harriers and bitterns, dragonflies, moths and wildfowl. There are also herds of Highland cattle and Konik ponies.


Gainsborough House, Sudbury CO10 2EU

This fascinating museum and art gallery stands in the centre of the market town of Sudbury and is probably most famous as the birthplace of the artist Thomas Gainsborough. Dating back to 1520, the house has many striking features as well as various Ginsborough paintings and portraits.


Denny Abbey and the Farmland Museum, Cambridge CB25 9PQ

Situated 6 miles to the north of Cambridge, this former Benedictine abbey has a fascinating history and an impressive array of family-friendly attractions. The site's Farmland Museum includes a fenman's hut, blacksmith's and wheelwright's workshops.

Cambridge’s calendar is always packed with fairs, performing arts events and workshops. The Cambridge Folk Festival and the Cambridge Literary Festival are among the best known annual fixtures. Head for the Suffolk coast and there’s usually something going on: in June, the famous Aldeburgh Festival, devoted to classical music, visual arts, master classes and films; in September, the annual Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Hinxton is situated 8 miles south of Cambridge, a mile off the M11 between Junction 9 (northbound only) and Junction 10

By Rail: Nearest railway station is Whittlesford Parkway (5 minutes drive)


32 High Street, Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, CB10 1QY

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