The Ad­ver­tiser and the Ex­am­iner is run­ning a com­pe­ti­tion to find the best pub in the area – as voted for by you. Each week we’ll fo­cus on one of the inns you’ve nom­i­nated as a great lo­cal. Use the form on this page to vote for your favourite – the more vo

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in its home-cooked food, by chef Dar­ren Cas­sidy, its links to Bly­ton and its mu­sic.

There is an open mic night ev­ery Fri­day, char­ity karaoke once a month, har­mon­ica nights twice a month and gui­tar nights ev­ery month.

There is also the an­nual Voice of South Bucks contest, which is in its fourth year, and the KnotFest Char­ity Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, which has raised thou­sands of pounds for Thames Val­ley Ad­ven­ture Play­ground.

“With­out doubt, the pub’s sig­na­ture is its mu­sic,” Mrs Massie said.

But the pub is also known for its link with Enid Bly­ton, the au­thor of chil­dren’s books, who was a reg­u­lar there.

Mrs Massie said: “That’s why we have our own Enid Bly­ton Snug­gery.

“Aus­tralia, Amer­ica, Europe – peo­ple come from all over the world to sit by the open fire just like Enid Bly­ton did, all those years ago.”

The Red Lion also claims to be the old­est hostelry in the area; records show it has been a pub since at least 1753.

There is also re­port­edly a ghost called Arthur, who Mrs Massie says she has seen a cou­ple of times on the land­ing.

With so much on at the pub it is not sur­pris­ing it has won so many awards, in­clud­ing Best En­ter­tain­ment Pub in the South-East, in the BT Sport Great Bri­tish Pub Awards. Tourism South East recog­nised it as an of­fi­cial Bri­tish Great Coun­try Pub, and it has the of­fi­cial Cask Mar­que ac­cred­i­ta­tion for the qual­ity of its real ales.

Mrs Massie added: “The great thing is that, once they’ve found The Red Lion, they al­ways come back!

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