A 16th Century 4* Inn & AA Rosette Restaurant in the heart of the conservation village of Hinxton offering quality accommodation with private gardens & Wi-Fi.


A privately owned free house pub restaurant with bed & breakfast accommodation that has resided at the heart of the conservation village of Hinxton, Cambridgeshire (Suffolk / Essex border) since the 16th Century, and is run by landlord Alex Clarke.

This historic, Grade II listed building provides the perfect backdrop for enjoying fabulous food and drink, in the company of friends, family and colleagues. Exposed beams, well stoked fires and Chesterfield sofas invite you to stay a while and relax, while an impressive oak, dry peg extension is an elegant, spacious room in which to dine.

The eight stunning guest rooms are set apart from the rest of the pub, discretely positioned in the grounds for minimum impact on the main Grade II listed building, and enjoying their own private garden area. Bedrooms are individually furnished with wooden oak floors and furniture, handmade curtains and quality matresses and bedding. Each bedroom has a thermostat control and heated towels rails. There is a choice of five Super King (6ft) doubles/twins and three King (5ft) doubles. There are also two rooms that have an interconnecting door – ideal for families and carers.

Listed in The Good Food Guide, Good Pub Guide, Good Beer Guide and Near the Motorways and also awarded 4 AA Stars for the accommodation and an AA Rosette for their food.

History to the present day

A Grade II listed building provides the setting for the original bar with green chesterfield leather sofas and stoked fire.

Food and Drinks

Full English Breakfast is served 7.30am - 8.30am Weekdays and 8.30am - 9.30am at weekends.

The pub restaurant menu is a mix of contemporary and traditional dishes. All dishes are cooked to order. The same menu and service is offered throughout the pub and guests are encouraged to eat or drink where they feel most comfortable. The menu changes seasonally. Although there is no specific children’s menu, most dishes can be adapted in size. It is a diverse menu that satisfies most tastes.The majority of suppliers are local and deliver daily, which allows a daily changing Specials Board.

Grounds and gardens

The Cambridgeshire walled garden sits serenely with a dovecote, lawns, arbour rail, terraces, parasols, teak tables & chairs or informal pub picnic tables – there is a corner for everyone, overlooked by the village church clock tower.Thanks to local garden designer, Ian Shooter (Chelsea Flower Show award winner), the Red Lion is nearly as proud of their garden as they are of their pub and bedrooms.

Other facilities

All rooms enjoy ensuite bath/shower facilities, free internet, TV/radio/CD/DVD and direct dial phone.There is plenty of on-site parking for guests.


Disabled access available

16th century buildings

Breakfast Included

Parking (free)

No smoking

Children welcome


4 Star Official Rating

Historic Property


Free broadband access (wired)

Shared gardens

Outdoor terrace

Garden furniture

Children's cots

Children's highchairs


CD player

Linen included

Towels included

Iron/ironing board

Hair dryers

DVD player


Central heating

Open log fire

Food and Drinks


Cooked breakfast (included)

Lunch available (at additional cost)

Dinner available (at additional cost)


Nearby Recreations

Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (a short drive)

Historic houses


Golf course (a short drive)

Tennis courts (a short drive)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (a short drive)

Red Lion Inn, Hinxton, Cambridgeshire - Reviews


Based on 3 reviews
Service 4.3
Rooms 4.3
Food 3.3
Value 4.0
Overall Experience 4.0

We only stayed one night. The room was just fine, only issue is that the TV is extremely small, we didn't use it anyways. Instead we enjoyed the garden and the birds for relaxing. I would also like to recommend eating supper ther it was super high quality and very tasty. Thanks.
Mrs Tammy G

Arrival Info

Address: 32 High Street, Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, CambridgeshireCB10 1QY, United Kingdom

Check In: 13:00 (1:00pm) - 22:30 (10:30pm) (arrivals normally allowed outside this window if your travel plans can't be adjusted)

Check Out: 08:30 (8:30am) - 10:30 (10:30am)

Check In: 1.00pm-3.00pm or 6.00pm-11.00pm (7.00pm-10:30pm Sundays) Check Out: before 10.00am

Directions: The Red Lion is situated 8 miles south of Cambridge just over a mile off the M11 between junctions 9 (northbound only) and 10. Hinxton is a single street village with only one pub!

From South: approx 5 mins from M11 Jct. Exit M11 at Jct 9, onto the A11. Take first exit signposted Saffron Walden and Hinxton. At roundabout take first exit onto A1301. Continue over next mini roundabout (Genome Centre on the left). Take next left signposted Hinxton. Continue along leafy lane. Take first right to drive into Hinxton village. The Red Lion is 150 metres along on the right hand side.

A three minute walk from the back entrance into the Wellcome Trust Genome campus.

Nearest Railway Station:  Whittlesford Parkway (5 minutes drive)