The first pub on the River Thames: a real village pub with cosy corner snugs and log fires, a place for foodies in our stunning garden room overlooking the landscaped beer garden and river also offering a private dining room for families and occasions.

In the warmer months our garden room opens out onto an indoor/outdoor dining patio where you can step out into our stunning garden, half the patio is covered with a fabulous boho safari tent with music playing, festoon lighting, firepits, sheepskin chairs and plenty of blankets for when the temperature drops.  This overlooks our flourishing kitchen garden where we grow herbs, some leaves and vegetables for your plate. You can sit back and watch the chef at work in the outdoor kitchen ‘The Trough’ with wood-fired ovens and charcoal, then stroll over to ‘The Watering Hole’ the outside bar serving all your drinks and fabulous cocktails and by the evening you can enjoy the cosy atmosphere of sitting around the firepit and toasting marshmallows.

We are family friendly with an area for children to run around away from the river with table tennis and games to play, there is always someone ready for a game of football or rugby. You can also pitch up on the riverbank and enjoy the view and fields beyond; perhaps try a bit of cray fishing too or paddle boarding.

We are nestled in the pretty village of Castle Eaton on the edge of the Cotswolds between Cirencester and Swindon just off the M4 and A419. We have fantastic circular walks from the pub as well as the Thames Path and we are a great place to stop and grab a bite to eat whether walking the path or canoeing.

We are country pub with a place for foodies, to enjoy a sweet or savoury homemade snack from the bar; or share a variety of small plates or pub classics, including our impressive Tomahawk steak. Alternatively, you can dine in our private dining room and choose from our incredible feast menus.

Our passion is food and creating a relaxed but buzzing atmosphere. All of our herbs and some leaves and vegetables are grown in our kitchen garden. We take pride in locally sourcing meat and vegetables and use freshly caught fish and seafood.

Our impressive gin bar is ever changing and as wine lovers we offer a selection of wine focusing on French, Spanish and Italian (which is where a lot of our food inspiration originates) therefore our wine list complements our menu. Donnington Brewery provide our ales, they still use the 13th century watermill where they began brewing in 1865 using the mill wheel to drive pumps and machinery to brew their beer in the same way 150 years on.


Always worth booking to avoid disappointment,
use the online booking form below or
give us a call 01285 706533



The Red Lion
Castle Eaton





Monday Closed

Tuesday Closed

Wednesday Closed Lunchtime / 1800 – 2300

Thursday 1100 – 1500 / 1800 – 2300

Friday 1100 – 1500 / 1800 – 2300

Saturday 1100 – 2300

Sunday 1000 – 2200 (Pub and Village Shop)



Shepherds hut overlooking the Thames


Come and have a night in our Shepherd’s hut which is beautifully situated overlooking the river thames and is perfect for a romantic night away or some solitary “me time” away from it all.

Our Shepherd’s hut accommodation provides all you need for a peaceful night after dining with us in our pub or beer garden, or if you have spent an evening with friends under our Boho tent you can in only a few steps be in the hut and in bed for a cosy night. For the romantics you could sit outside the hut at your own table with a fire-pit and a nice bottle of wine watching the sun go down across the river which, on warm evenings is stunning to see. 

The hut is equipped with all you need, a little kitchenette with a fridge, a bathroom including a shower and a super comfortable bed. It is carefully decorated in the natural colours with natural fabrics to exude a mood of calm as it blends in with the surrounding pastoral scenes and views across the river.

The continental breakfast hamper allows you the freedom to breakfast at a time to suit you whether you are wanting an early start to canoe on the river or to take a more leisurely pace either in bed or outside on the riverbank with just the passing swans for company.

Our Shepherd’s hut allows you to start to your day connecting calmly with the environment.

The cost is just £125 per night Sunday to Thursday and £150 per night for Friday and Saturday which includes the continental hamper breakfast.