History


Steeped in History

With ancient timbers, ghostly rumours and half-forgotten nooks and crannies, The Lion and Swan Hotel has everything you’d expect from a traditional English coaching inn; but a lot you might not expect, such as modern style, comfort and convenience.

Spanning Four Centuries

There has been a Licensed Inn, Alehouse or Travellers Resting Place on this site since 1496 or earlier, and a small part of this remains in the present building. The building was built from reclaimed ships timbers; with wattle and daub infill. There is even an exposed section of the original infill for historical interest, next to the reception area. Originally two separate taverns; The Lion and The Swan, the buildings were extended and merged from the 18th Century onwards to provide stabling and additional accommodation, as stagecoach, canal and ultimately, rail travel expanded across the country.

A Medieval Mystery

The original fireplace in the restaurant is something of a mystery, with a complex mixture of carvings including lions and figures. These may be associated with tales of the ghost of a young, brown haired woman who appears at the new moon wearing only clogs and a smile. Some scholars suggest that the carvings may have originally been part of a bridal bed and linked to ancient fertility rites.

ROOMS

Here at the Lion & Swan Hotel we offer a range of beautiful rooms and suites to ensure that your stay is as good as possible.

Have a look at what we have to offer here.

DINING

The Lion & Swan Hotel boasts a beautiful  à la-carte menu at competitive prices for everybody to enjoy.

Have a look at our menu and opening hours here.

Weddings & Functions

The Lion & Swan Hotel has a designated function room perfect for any occasion, with a fitted bar and a dance floor, it’s the perfect place for any party.

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