Just 5 minutes drive from the gates of the zoo, the village of Studham could have come straight out of one of John Majorâ€™s sweatier dreams. Thereâ€™s an old church, a village hall, a lovely green and no doubt all manner of shenanigans going on after dark, and the Red Lion is the perfect place from which to watch the whole scene. Built on a little rise overlooking the green and the crossroads, this pleasant local provides the perfect distillation of villagey Englishness, just the ticket after all that ripping of raw meat and wallowing in mud. The inside is bright and homely, with friendly staff, a jumble of furniture, lots of plants and a bar faced with brink, while outside tables stretching down the slope are ideally suited for watching the kids gambol on the green, same from anything more lethal than a rounders bat. Long shadows and fading light are fine, but without the proper refreshment they just make you feel cold. The Red Lion completes the picture with classic ales including Fullers London Pride, Adnams bitter and guest beers such as the fine Equinox autumn ale from Everards of Leicester, These are good beers already, but when the occasional roar comes over the hill, they somehow taste a little bit better. A lovely menu is available to choose from, offering a wide range of dishes, or why not choose from the specials board for something a little different. So come and drop in for a drink today and experience this fantastic atmosphere for yourself.