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Hotel Review: Why The Lamb Inn in the Cotswolds Village of Shipton-under-Wychwood Gets Five Stars

The inspector checks into a Cotswolds pub with ‘tasteful’ decor, nooks and crannies and excellent food (the best he has eaten all year)

  • The Lamb Inn, in wealthy Shipton-under-Wychwood, opened in June
  • There are five ‘elegant’ rooms accessed by a steep staircase
  • Remember … The inspector pays your way – and tells it like it is …


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On The Lamb Inn website, it is recommended that guests have a car during their stay. But I’m not so sure.

It would mean missing a chance to get to Shipton Station, where the platform is so short that the doors of a single car can be safely opened and the weeds are so tall that you’ll be forgiven for thinking that it has been completely abandoned.

I go out and immediately find myself in the courtyard of the Matthews Cotswold Flour Mill, where I ask a man in overalls for directions to The Lamb. “Turn right and follow your nose,” he says.

The Lamb Inn, pictured, opened in June and is jointly run by Peter Creed and Chef Tom Noest.

The Lamb Inn, pictured, opened in June and is jointly run by Peter Creed and Chef Tom Noest.

What I do and takes me through the wealthy town of Shipton-under-Wychwood, past great houses with names like Shipton Grange, Shipton Lodge, and Shipton Standing.

The Lamb opened in June and is jointly run by Peter Creed and chef Tom Noest, 30-somethings who enjoyed success at nearby Wheatsheaf.

First impressions are important. I am greeted by the talk of happy diners scattered around various nooks and crannies, with beautiful original flagstone floors; a squeaky bar where you can sit with your dog and enjoy a pint; an outside deck and young staff rushing in while looking excited to see me. I bet they’re all friends or friends of friends with Peter and Tom.

Most people are here for the food. There are only five bedrooms accessed by a steep staircase. I walk into mine and the sash window is wide open, through which I can hear the sound of church bells.

The inspector says: 'Anyone who lives half an hour from The Lamb should consider themselves lucky'

The inspector says: 'Anyone who lives half an hour from The Lamb should consider themselves lucky'

The inspector says: ‘Anyone who lives half an hour from The Lamb should consider themselves lucky’

The decoration is simple but tasteful. Two antique tables on each side of the bed; A dressing room; a nude (of a man); plush linen duvets and pillows; Black and white tile floor in the bathroom.

Downstairs, they give me a corner table with space for three people, even though I travel alone. It is one of those menus where you want to eat everything, so I start with some superb olives, then some padrón peppers, followed by vichyssoise and anchovy toasts (the toast is the best I have eaten all year) before to move on to the confit duck. and fries with aioli on the side.

If you were served this in a French village, you would stick with it forever. Reasonable prices too. But it’s here in the Cotswolds and anyone who lives within a half hour of The Lamb should consider themselves lucky.

TRAVEL FACTS

The Lamb Inn, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, OX7 6DQ.

Tel: 01993 832116, thelambshipton.com. Doubles from £ 99.

Classification:

Commercial

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