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We are delighted that work is starting on The Red Lion refurbishment and the transformation of this historic inn is underway. We will be ensuring 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 want to breathe 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).
Get a feel for the new look with our mood board:
Red Lion mood board
We’ll update this page with developments along the way but if you want to keep up with all the changes, why not head over to our Facebook page where we’ll post all the behind the scenes pictures?