When we were invited to review The Red Lion in Coleshill it didn’t take us long to say “Yes”. Having followed Head Chef Laurentiu Samoila (Michelin Bib Gourmand, 2 AA Rosettes) on Instagram over the last few months we just knew we would love his food. Roger, the suave and quintessentially English Gent, and his son Barney took over ownership of The Red Lion in 2017. Giving it a major overhaul it’s unrecognisable from the former pub it once was. Now an elegant open space, with luxurious fixtures and fittings, and three warming fireplaces, it’s about as far removed from a pub that you can get. Clever glass screening separates the bar from the dining area allowing the restaurant to feel bright, light and airy. You’ll find big comfy sofas, relaxed seating, and the perfect oval tables for parties of 6. Who likes to sit on a long table? Not me, I’ll always ask for a round table; they are so much more sociable. The restaurant is very much a family run concern, with lurchers Bertie and Phoebe hogging the hearths. Using locally produced ingredients as much as possible the Red Lion aim to deliver on flavour and quality. And they do! I chose the mackerel pate with rhubarb chutney and sourdough toast and I was in food heaven. Seriously, you’ve got to try it. Next up was the 16-hour slow cooked Coleshill-based Stockings Farm pork belly with chorizo, puy lentils, greens and mash. The crackling was pure genius; a catherine wheel of the finest, crispiest, delicious crackling. Oh my days …. Chef Laurentiu has such passion and skill for creating and presenting such beautiful food. Needless to say, the mango and passionfruit cheesecake delivered on all fronts too. You’d think that eating such culinary delights at the Red Lion would be outrageously expensive, but it isn’t. Don’t take my word for it, go and see for yourselves. Located just 3 miles from Beaconsfield and 2 miles from Amersham it’s quick and easy to find in the centre of the village of Coleshill. There is ample free parking. Walkers (the Chiltern Way circular footpath runs alongside the Red Lion) and dogs are always welcome. Booking recommended at weekends. Occasional live music. Sign up to their newsletter for further information.