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Red Lion

Ampney St. Peter

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Premises Status

This pub is currently closed. Closed 2015 on the death of the landlord. Future uncertain.

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About the Pub

Superb 400-year-old country pub caught in a time warp where friendly conversation prevails. Two tiny rooms, only one with a bar in the corner and no bar counter; beer is served over one of the benches. The indentations in the bar shelving shows where a china gin barrel used to sit. The very reasonably priced beer is kept in peak condition. The pub was a real labour of love for the excellent landlord until he passed away. Two pub signs grace the outside, one in the distinctive oval shape of the now defunct Stroud Brewery. No food at all, but keenly priced beer in perfect condition. Closed weekday lunchtimes except Bank Holidays. The pub is featured in the CAMRA National Inventory of pub interiors of outstanding heritage interest. Local Cirencester sub-branch Pub of the Year 2007.

A pub closed for several years since the landlord's death but potentially good news in spring 2019. (Update June 2019): We learn from local sources that this utter classic, counter-less village pub has been bought by a couple who have family in nearby Swindon, and that they hope to reopen it has a functioning pub, perhaps by the end of the year. More news anon.

Historic Interest

Grade II listed. An intact and very rare example of the earliest phase of the evolution of the public house, which has been in continuous use as a public house since the 18th century. Research by CAMRA has demonstrated that this is one of only fourteen public houses nationally not to incorporate a bar counter and other later alterations and embellishments. [From Historic England]

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 3 regular beers.

  • Hook Norton Hooky
  • Timothy Taylor Golden Best
  • Timothy Taylor Landlord

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Red Lion, Ampney St. Peter


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • RealHeritagePub Heritage Pub

    Nationally Important Historic Interior

  • Quiet Quiet Pub


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • Garden Pub Garden
  • Parking Parking
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Games Traditional Pub Games
  • RealFire Real Fire
  • SeparateBar Separate Bar

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Red Lion

Ampney St. Peter

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51.711202, -1.872603

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On A417

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