The Red Lion Pub, Thornby
  • Welford Road
    NN6 8SJ
The Red Lion Pub has a glowing reputation for its 400 years history, its unique and charming character, its quality food, brilliant beer festivals and for its 'quaint' barn self catering accommodation.

If you are lucky enough to have discovered the delightful 'Red Lion Pub' in Thornby, Northamptonshire, you will likely be telling others about this little gem for years to come.

Stop Press! - Nov.'19:

We are delighted to congratulate Simon & Louise Cottle on WINNING the ‘Community Pub of the Year’ in the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards 2019/20:


It's a charming independent country pub with a 400 year history, serving excellent food and a wide selection of beers, wines and spirits, and with its superb barn accommodation and family garden, we consider it to rival any pub in the area for quality, character and service.



Managed by owners Simon and Louise Cottle, the pub attracts all local residents and many from further afield, having been described as the 'village living room' with its cosy atmosphere and social ambience.

Quality Home Cooked Food:

Simon describes the food as 'simple and honest', but maintaining a standard to leave all others stranded. Using fresh ingredients from carefully selected local producers ensures consistent quality, and then to finish off, satisfied customers are offered a cup of exquisite freshly ground Carrera coffee - just perfect.

Fresh home cooked food is available lunchtimes and evenings with the Red Lion Sunday lunches being a particular favourite.


(To see what's coming up at The Red Lion this Christmas, CLICK HERE)



 To see/download the Christmas 2019 Menu - click here

To see/download the extensive Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Lunch Menus - click here

Best Selection of Real Ales, Wines & Spirits:

A pub's reputation is often defined by its range and quality of beer. Well, The Red Lion has that covered by offering an ever changing selection of real ales with up to 6 hand pulls, supporting both local breweries and some of the best national ales on offer in the UK.

Supported by an equally impressive range of artisan gins and ciders, and carefully selected wines from respected local merchant Duncan Murray Wines, The Red Lion leads the way in both quality and variety to accommodate all its customers.

Character Barn Accommodation:

The outside Barn accommodation is a very popular feature of this pub and is beautifully designed for maximum comfort. It's probably best summarised by its recent guest reviews which can be read here on the website.

Here's a selection of what people have said:

“This property is a 10 all around. From the warm welcome from Simon, to the spotless and perfect accommodation and the delicious meal at the pub next door, this is a MUST VISIT!” -
Jeri UK

"The Barn apartment was very cosy and the breakfast pack was totally superb and the quality of yoghurts, bread, cereal, fruit and quantity completely outperformed our expectations". - Kathy UK

“Really lovely little holiday cottage that has everything you need for a comfortable stay. It has been decorated to a high standard and the kitchen and bathroom are both very nice.Victoria UK


Beer, Gin & Cider Festivals:

If you were to ask local people about The Red Lion pub, Thornby, it probably wouldn't be long before they enthused about the brilliant summer 'Beer, Gin & Cider Festivals' held on site each year under a giant marquee.

And with great weather, quality food, drink and live music, July 2019 certainly didn't disappoint and was considered to be the best yet!



"Fantastic afternoon and evening at the Red Lion Beer Festival. Terrific fun face painting with children and adults...the rain didn't even stop the fun...the atmosphere as usual was electric and what an incredible live band!" Lisa T


So if you're looking for a friendly country pub with bags of character and atmosphere, topped up with excellent food and quality beers, we highly recommend seeking out The Red Lion in Thornby.  I guarantee you'll want to return!

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