Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Village of Lacock, No. 2


The Red Lion, a picturesque building along the High Street which offers food, drink, and five rooms for overnight stays. Trip Advisor shows 80 excellent reviews for the pub. I also read this online: A popular inn, restaurant and pub, the Red Lion was transformed into a storefront for the popular BBC series "The Cranford Chronicles," starring Judi Dench and Eileen Atkins. Fans of the series will recognize the building's red brick and white windowpanes even without the transformation, and many of the adjacent houses were also used in filming. According to the Lion's website, staff members have appeared as extras in some of the shots! One more bit found online about this building: A red brick inn of 1730 that fronts much earlier buidings. The inn name is an ancient one and may reflect the fact that John of Gaunt owned land nearby - his crest was a red lion. The inn was probably extended in the 18th century to take advantage of the increased traffic from the newly turnpiked Bath road that entered Lacock from Bowden Hill.


The back of the Red Lion where evidently there is outdoor seating when the weather's just right. The rain hadn't been stopped for too long, so I imagine any customers at the Red Lion were inside the pub.


Birdman said...

The Red Lion would be a stop I would make to 'take in' (see pints) a bit o' culture of this town.

William Kendall said...

The Red Lion looks very, very inviting!

Randy said...

What a beautiful looking place.

Jack said...

I don't understand how the Brits can make every pub look so welcoming.