We stayed in two rooms at the Lamb Inn, as it was a late booking, so they could accommodate us in one room for the first two nights, then they moved us to another room for our final night as the first room was booked. All we had to do was prepare our bags and they did the move for us.
We received a warm welcome from our host, Tracy, part of a mother/son team who run the inn and happily gave local information. All the staff were most helpful, even providing me with a spare cable for charging my mobile as I'd left mine at home.
I'm not a fan of horse-racing, but if you are, you'll love the bar, full of books, photos, Cheltenham racing programmes, even jockey pants! There were also some fine paintings for sale on the walls from a local artist.
We ate at the inn on two nights, with the middle night at another local pub, as we didn't want to drive anywhere. After our first night in the bar, we were very happy to eat there again. Good, enticing food choices, excellent quality and good wine, with an easy relaxed ambience in the bar and a slightly more formal style of service in the restaurant. The pork belly was excellent. All fab!
Our first room was Leopard Hills, with a king-size bed and a good-sized bathroom. Each room has its unique decor and this one suited us very well. The only (very minor) oddness was a silly non-smoking sign that looked a bit cheap/tacky and didn't really fit with the rest of the well-thought out interior.
Our second room was Spice Route, which had a most beautiful carved wooden bed from the Orient and felt quite luxurious, which you can see in their photos. However, the room was quite dark and there was nowhere to put a book or glass if you're the one sleeping on the inside. Perhaps the room could have been laid out slightly differently? It was very warm and a bit noisy as it's right above the main bar. This did not deter us from sleeping well, but it might bother some people.
I popped my nose into the Paris en Provence room, just out of curiosity and it looked fresh and inviting.
Breakfast was served downstairs, either in the restaurant area or at a cosy table next to the bar and a real fire. It felt very relaxed and a good choice of well-cooked food and good friendly service.
We had a very good experience at the Lamb Inn and we would very gladly return to the Lamb Inn for another stay in the Cotswolds, but would opt for the Leopard Hills room or Paris en Provence over the Spice Route.
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- Also Known As:
- The Lamb Hotel Shipton Under Wychwood
- The Lamb Inn Shipton Under Wychwood, Oxfordshire