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From Next Door to The Red Lion
The Red Lion was formerly known as Next Door, the restaurant and B&B successfully run by Rachel and James for the past 12 years. When we purchased the site, we were keen to uncover the truth behind this historic building’s past…
The Red Lion is one of the oldest, most popular pub names in the country and with Red Lion Mews being adjacent to the building, we had a feeling that it just might have roots as a pub or inn and an inkling of what its former name may have been.
After conversations with the local historical society and commissioning a historical report, we uncovered some fascinating facts about this building’s rich history…
In the 17th century, the building hit a fork in the road and transformed from an ale house, called The Red Lion, to a grocery store. It remained as such until 1997 when it became an inn, where many a weary head has rested since.
With this knowledge, and our passion for the authentic British pub, we (re-)named the pub The Red Lion!
We are delighted that work has been completed on The Red Lion refurbishment and the transformation of this historic inn is finished. We have tried to ensure your new pub is a lovely place to get-together with friends, family or colleagues, whether you’re looking for an after-work drink, a mid-week bite to eat or a hearty Sunday lunch.
We commissioned a historic report when we purchased this listed building, nestled between the old George Hotel and a carriage arch leading to 108 High Street. It is thought the original building dates back to the 15th century, however it may be even older than that!
The site is believed to have first been erected as two shops, with cheap timber frames and wattle and daub. Both these shops had fronts jettied to the street, with a narrow passageway between leading to the rear of the building.
In the carriage arch, the oak, axe-finished frame retains some wattle panels with horizontal lathes woven around vertical staves as seen below:
We have breathed new life into the pub whilst keeping as many historic features as possible; hayloft doors and a 19th century wrought iron crane can be seen on a later extension to the rear of the building, and an original, although now blocked, round headed doorway can also be seen (pictured below).