The Inspector moves into a Cotswold pub with “tasteful” decor, nooks and crannies and delicious food (the best he has eaten all year)
- The Lamb Inn in affluent Shipton-under-Wychwood opened in June
- There are five “tasteful” bedrooms accessed by a steep staircase
- Remember … the inspector pays his way – and says it as if it were …
On The Lamb Inn’s website, it is recommended that guests have a car during their stay. But I am not so sure.
That would mean missing the chance to get to Shipton Station, where the platform is so short that the doors of a single car can safely open and the weeds are so tall you’d be forgiven for thinking that he was abandoned all together.
I descend and immediately find myself in the courtyard of Matthews Cotswold Flour Mill, where I ask a man in overalls for the direction of 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
What I do and it takes me through the well-heeled village of Shipton-under-Wychwood, past large houses with names like Shipton Grange, Shipton Lodge and Shipton Standing.
The Lamb opened in June and is co-run by 30-something Peter Creed and chef Tom Noest who have both enjoyed success at neighboring Wheatsheaf.
First impressions are important. I am greeted by the chatter 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 outdoor terrace and young staff running around looking delighted to see me. I bet they’re all friends or friends of friends of Peter and Tom.
Most of the people are here for the food. There are only five bedrooms accessible by a steep staircase. I walk into mine and the sash window is wide open, through which I can just hear the sound of church bells.
Inspector says: “Anyone who lives within half an hour of The Lamb should consider themselves lucky”
The decor is simple, but tasteful. Two antique tables on either side of the bed; dresser; a nude painting (of a man); luxurious linen duvet and pillows; black and white tiles in the bathroom.
Downstairs I am given a corner table with room for three people, although I am traveling alone. It’s one of those menus where you want to eat it all, so I start with superb olives, then some padron peppers, followed by vichyssoise and anchovy toast (the toast is the best thing I have eaten. all year round) before moving on to duck confit and crisps with aioli on the side.
If we served you this in a French village, you would talk about it even more. Reasonable prices too. But it’s here in the Cotswolds and anyone who lives within half an hour of The Lamb should consider themselves lucky.
The Lamb Inn, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, OX7 6DQ.
Phone. : 01993 832116, thelambshipton.com. Double from £ 99.