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Around 1220 the old wooden bridge over the Thames at Lechlade was replaced by a stone one. To house the workmen entrusted with the building of it, a hospital or (almshouse) dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, was founded by Peter Fitzherbert.
In 1472, the main priory was dissolved by Edward IV, but the almshouse continued as an inn known as “Ye Sygne of St. John Baptist Head” until 1704, when the name was changed to “The Trout Inn”.
Ancient Fishery Rights granted by Royal Charter to the Brethren are still held by the Trout Inn, which controls two miles of Trout and Coarse Fishing waters. You may also play the old Oxfordshire Game of Aunt Sally on our Garden Lawn which stretches to the banks of the Trout Weir Pool.
Bob and Penny Warren have been proprietors of the Trout Inn, our riverside pub in Lechlade for over 25 years, and their aim has always been to maintain the Trout Inn as a traditional English pub.
We have a riverside garden and during the summer we have a large marquee available for shelter. This, along with the Creel bar, which is a garden bar separate from the main building, can be booked for your wedding, party or business function. During the winter months we have a roaring log fire in the main bar, which has ancient wooden beams and some stone floors.
We are not a fast food or gastro pub, just a family run country inn with a good range of real ales, ciders wines and spirits, all kept in a fine condition by Bob and a kitchen run with great panache by Penny.
Our traditional pub food is home cooked to order by Penny and her team in the kitchen and all our meat is produced locally and is fully traceable. Our vegetables and salads are supplied by a local company and are always freshly prepared. We aim to offer a varied selection of dishes and always have special boards as well as our main menu. We are allergy aware, and are fully compliant with the new regulations which means we can provide you with the ingredients of any of our dishes. We offer gluten free choices and can cater to most dietary requirements. We offer a seniors’ choice of two course lunch menus from Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) and we also have a children’s menu available.
We support the local community in many ways, we have revived the traditional May fete for local charities and groups, so they can raise money for their causes, and support many local groups by letting them use our facilities free of charge. We also have a small jam shop which sells jams and chutneys made by Philippa Hunter, a local lady, who gives all the profits to Macmillan Cancer Care. She generally raises well over £3000 per year by selling her produce at the Trout, and we are all immensely proud of her achievements. Bob is a member of the Fairford and District Business club and has won many awards, including the Harold Dowler award.
We also have a field at the rear of the Trout, which is used in the summer (weather permitting) as a field camp site. There are no showers or electric hook up, but it is the ideal place for a peaceful night beneath the stars.
We are one of the few venues in the Cotswolds who offer live jazz on a regular basis. Bob puts together a varied programme, with Trad on most Tuesday evenings and Modern to Mainstream on most Sunday nights during the summer and autumn months. We also feature many Big Band concerts on Sunday afternoons during the summer. These take place in the marquee in the garden with the musicians playing out to a large garden audience.
The last week end in May, normally sees a gathering of historic river craft, coracles, kayaks and various interesting boats, who meet here for a weekend of messing about on the river.
This is followed on the first weekend of June with the “World Famous Tractor and Steam Rally” which is a casual event for anything old which goes. The magic of steam never ceases to impress, and all the enthusiasts who come to the show are most accommodating to visitors’ questions about their engines, tractors and other old things.
Also during June we have “Troutfest”, our annual beer and music day which has been running for 7 years and goes from strength to strength.
In July, we host “Riverfolk” festival, which is a 2 day folk event arranged for us by Ray and Jay who run a bi monthly folk club in our Creel bar.
The famous Gifford’s circus has also held performances in our field for many years and is a much enjoyed event at The Trout. Our Winter quiz starts in the Autumn too…
First Friday of the month from October 2nd to March 4th (see our website for dates). Starts 8.30pm.
£1 per person, up to 4 in a team.
Due to occasional events, our quiz is not on a set Friday, so please check our website listings for details. This is an Autumn/Winter quiz only.
We are taking part in a special PUB AID charity quiz on Friday March 2nd raising money for the LECHLADE & DISTRICT LIONS.
£2 entry – Grand Raffle – Special quiz supper of fish and chips or chilli nachos.
Find us in the Quizzing In The Cotswolds tourist information flyers out now.
Friday (first of the month) (Oct - March) 8.30pm