Lion HotelWyle Cop
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic this pub is currently offering additional services:
Please see pub Facebook or website for details of any take-out or delivery services available and any news about future reopening. Updated 19 Jan
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A difficult venue to summarise, as whole books have been written about the place, this is one of the most historic hostelries in the town. The standard is set from the outset with entrance from the front being through a classic revolving door. It is a Grade 1 listed 16th century coaching inn and hotel, with 57 rooms and 2 suites, though most visible architecture is early Georgian.
The former principal public bar, the Oak Bar, by the entrance, ceased being used as a functioning bar in 2019 with the removal of the handpumps and other bar paraphernalia. Future unknown at the time of writing but may become a coffee lounge or cocktail bar.
The main public bar now is the Tudor Bar opposite the reception. This is a large beamed room with comfortable seating and a fine fireplace.