A warm welcome awaits you at The Red Lion

The Red Lion is a delightful, award winning 16th century thatched pub & restaurant, nestling in the heart of the stunning South Oxfordshire village of Brightwell cum Sotwell.

Landlord Mark Brock’s aim is provide something for everyone; a place to meet up for a quick drink, or somewhere to visit for a special event or treat. Whatever the occasion you are guaranteed great food, fine wine & ales, excellent, friendly service and great value for money.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Red Lion.


The Red Lion offers a friendly, relaxed environment to enjoy a drink with friends. Warm and cozy in the winter with our roaring log burner, or cool and light in the summer.

We pride ourselves in the wide variety of locally brewed real ales we have on tap and the quality wines available by the glass and bottle.

We also offer a wide selection of Continental lagers, ciders, spirits, soft drinks and not forgetting our beautifully kept Guinness. Or why not pop in and try one of our many coffees; from Cappuccinos to Americanos, Lattes and Espressos.


Dining out, is one of life’s little pleasures, and at the Red Lion we do everything we can to ensure you thoroughly enjoy your visit. From the food on your plate, to the locally grown fresh flowers on your table, we take care over every little detail.

Weekly Specials
We aim to offer at least two Gourmet Specials every Friday and Saturday night, just to give you something a little different to enjoy.

Our regular menu includes home cooked classics like Steaks, Ham, Egg and Chips, Home Made Lasagne, Pies, Fish and Chips, and not forgetting our famous Lion Burgers, cooked as you like.

We also offer lighter meals such as Falafel, Mediterranean Platter, Stilton and Mushroom Tartlet or Spinach and Feta Filo Parcel. All of our meals are home cooked by us, using local ingredients as much as possible.


We tend to celebrate most events with a special menu, e. g. St George’s Day, Burns Night, St. Patricks Night. We also have Speciality Gourmet Nights, Pie Nights etc. regularly. To find out when they are, check the web site or sign up to our newsletter by sending us your e mail address.

Hire The Red Lion for FREE

If you have your own reason to celebrate, or just want to throw a party, why not hire The Red Lion.

Subject to minimum numbers, we can give you exclusive use of the restaurant area absolutely FREE, you just pay for the food you eat and the drink you consume. We can even organise live music for you. Please speak to Mark or one of his team for full details.

Ideal for Birthday Parties with Live Music and/or Disco, Wedding Receptions, Wakes & Remembrance, Club Meetings, Product Launches, Network Meetings and more…