Great local Beers on tap, everyday!

Delicious food for every occasion

Beautiful views and walk routes


Updated 23rd November

Further to the Government’s update over the weekend we will re-opening, under Tier 2 restrictions, on Thursday December 3rd.

Under these restrictions we are not allowed to serve alcohol unless accompanied with a “substantial meal”.  We will await guidance as to what constitutes a “substantial meal”. We are anticipating that it will be a little more than a bowl of soup or a sandwich or a bowl of chips!

This is traditionally a busy time, even more so with the Stourhead Christmas Lights going ahead, so we are saying that it is essential to book if you are intending to visit.  In these unsure times, we will react to demand regarding our opening hours and are hoping to return to seven day opening (Monday and Tuesday) during the school holidays.  Please see below for our up to date opening times.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT “TIER 2” MEANS THAT YOU CANNOT JUST ‘POP IN’ FOR A DRINK.  We will be reserving our tables for diners only.

We look forward to welcoming you soon.  If you can, please book in advance.  When you get here, we just ask for a bit of patience with us, while we all learn and adjust to the “latest normal”.  While you’re here, please be kind, polite and respectful to your fellow customers.

Stay Safe

Andrew and The Team

Come and see our “Interior of Special Historic Interest” as recommended by CAMRA’s publication Real Heritage Pubs of the South West

A warm and friendly atmosphere can be found in this attractive traditional Free-House located in Kilmington right on the B3092 between Mere and Frome.  Situated on the world renowned Stourhead Estate, this National Trust-owned building has been under my new private business ownership since December 2014.  Situated at the base of White Sheet Hill and adjacent to an old coaching route (the extra horses needed to negotiate the steep hill were once stabled here) the 16th Century former farmworker’s cottage has been a pub for some 250 years serving the Parish villages of Kilmington, Norton Ferris, Stourton, Gasper, Zeals and Bourton.

The Red Lion team is passionate about beer and food, using only the best local breweries, high-quality food producers and suppliers some of whom actually farm or live in the village.  The bar counter houses a number of beer engines supplying a personal choice of traditional ales and cider.  There is room for “guest ales” from further afield – maybe even Dorset!  Lunch and Supper offerings will vary seasonally based on availability of ingredients both locally and regionally – certainly local flavours and origins are championed.


Opening Hours

  Lunch Evening
WEDNESDAY Bar 11:00am – 2:30pm 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  Food Noon – 2:00pm 6:00pm – 8:00pm
THURSDAY Bar 11:00am – 2:30pm 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  Food Noon – 2:00pm 6:00pm – 8:00pm
FRIDAY Bar 11:00am – 2:30pm 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  Food Noon – 2:00pm 6:00pm – 8:00pm
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  Food 12:00 >>>>>> >>>>>> 19:00


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Our latest Trip Advisor reviews

“Very good pub lunch after a walk”
“Clean warm and friendly ambience”
“Unpretentious, traditional English pub”
“Customers really feel welcome”
“What a welcome change”
“Excellent choice of beers, very good home-made Pub food.”
“An old favourite and now improved with dogs allowed”
“Friendly, warm welcome, good food!”
“Excellent Sunday Lunch”
“Great village pub!”
“Couldn’t have rounded off a walk round Stourhead better.”