|Beer: ||Now there's a thing. As usual at The Lions, four ales on tap as an excellent minimum and the best of these, decided after a huddle with Spy & Barney, was Roasted Nuts. Also available, Settle Mainline, Goshawk Blackpit and Wadworth's 6X. Nice to see an eclectic range of ales on offer.|
|Not beer: ||The somewhat strange outer body experience of being given prices for the softies which were cheaper than on our previous visit leads one to wonder if the governor was substituting half prices for the requested pint ones. However, with the benefit of doubt - L & S at £1.50, cola & lemonade at £1.60 and hot choc at a more believable £3.|
|Food ||A plentiful supply of large bowls of proper sized and right tasty chips emanated from the kitchen. The landlord said that they were good 'uns and he was not wrong. Plenty of condiments to further tickle the pleasure buds. Cakes Mia's excellent flat rock cakes & Ant's birthday tray bakes also added to the calorific intake which helped redress the feeling of exhaustion after the run.|
|Hashmosphere ||A proper country inn. Flagstone floors, beams, pew type seating to worship the ale on, dog friendly, muddy boot friendly, open fireplaces with at least one roaring fire, a substantial if pothole strewn car park and good service from the Eastern European bar staff.|
Walking or driving through the village one gradually gets a sinking feeling that it is one of those awful "dry" places where humourless local do-gooders have managed to close down anything remotely pleasurable. Then, as the end of the housing is in sight and all hope appears lost, the Lions hoves into view like a shining beer beacon. Ones step quickens or accelerator pedal gets a bootful. This 16th century hostelry, featuring like many others in Midsomer Murders, looks down on Chinnor and the Oxford Plain with the knowledge that it is the only watering hole in the village and a right good one at that.