*Convenient location. *New décor, making attractive use of old features. *Friendly staff. *Tasty, freshly cooked breakfast.
*Secluded parking. (We parked on road outside the shops.) *Shower in our room either scalding hot or freezing cold. Couldn't select hair washing attachment (seized up). Also water leaked from mixer taps. Staff did thank us for letting them know about the faulty shower.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lion Hotel, built in the 18th century, was originally two establishments, namely The Giffard Arms and The Red Lion. They continued to have two different proprietors until 1850, when The Giffard Arms and The Red Lion was under a single proprietor and was presumably combined into one establishment. The name seems to have been shortened to The Lion by 1867.It was in The Red Lion that the Hon. John Byng was "put into a white-washed room, and got a miserable, neither hot - nor cold dinner" in 1792.The Giffard Arms was used as a magistrates court and the Magistrates and prisoners would enter by the now blocked off door on the far right of the building.In 1870 and for many years there were many different licensees for The Lion, including E. Bagnall and A. Bourne, and in 1937 the licensee was a Mrs Anne Ball. The combined premises subsequently had a spell as a "posh" Three Star Hotel (AA & RAC).A magnificent staircase was removed from the interior of The Giffard Arms in 1970.At present, The Lion Hotel is a Grade 11 listed building. ... more less
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