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Lamb Inn, Great Rissington, CHELTENHAM, GL54 2LN [Map]
A great pub to visit on a lazy day in summer when the sun's shining brightly and the birds are singing in the trees as that's when I anonymously called in for a pint and some food. The pub dates back as far as the 17th century though it has been considerably refurbished within to give a kind of posh civilised look, a kind of 'modern' traditional feel. But don't take that as an insult, as the welcome is warm and genuine enough and they haven't replaced the traditional real ales, the mainstay of the true traditional pub, with a seemingly endless global wine list. A couple of points worth mentioning about the interior; they have good open fires in the winter, and, you might catch a glimpse of the propeller of a bomber that crashed into the pub's garden during the Second World War.
The pub sits above the lovely Windrush valley, which is well worth a look at if you have time, as is the village church that's towards the lower end of the village.
For beer, they serve a good pint of Hook Norton Best Bitter (abv 3.4%). It's brewed locally and its light hoppiness and maltiness goes down well with some of the pubs fine food. They also usually have a guest beer available along with Wadworth 6X. They've a restaurant towards the rear though we chose to sit in their pleasant sheltered garden to the side of the pub. A wide range of dishes are available in the bar including soup, baked potatoes and tasty sausages. A much fuller menu is available in the restaurant.
They also have their own website at http://www.thelamb-inn.com/ which provides more detailed information about the pub including details of the good quality accommodation that they offer too.