The Red Lion inn

Islip has always been famous for its inns - it was on a major crossroads for horse and coach travel for several hundred years, and there have been many inns in the village over the years. Now there are only two pubs remaining, the Swan and the Red Lion, which is still not bad for a village of about 550 inhabitants.

The Red Lion stands on a particularly historic site, as it is supposed to be here that Edward the Confessor was born in around 1005 A.D.

The Red Lion has been an inn since at least the early 18th century. The name "Red Lion" is apparently the most common single name for a pub in England, probably reflecting the frequency with which red lions appear in coats of arms throughhout the country (and in Scotland too!).

To quote from the e-travel guide: "The Red Lion is a characterful and traditional pub in Islip, close to Kidlington in Oxfordshire. It has many original features, with flagstone floors and low oak beams, and serves a good choice of cask ales. Delicious home cooked food may be enjoyed in the lounge or in the intimate restaurant."

The pub has changed hands quite a few times in the last few years, so please don't be put off by some rather negative reviews of the food and atmosphere that can be found on the web - We are sure that the current owners will do us proud.


Last updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2008