A Tuesday lunchtime in October is hardly the best time of the year to visit any pub so I apologise in advance to anyone I upset by not rating the 'White Lion' as excellent. Nevertheless, on our Tuesday lunchtime visit, the menu was very limited. The barmaid admitted that the "Cream of Chicken soup was warmed up from a can" and that the pies were from the local butcher (which I'm sure would have been excellent as I tried one of his sausage rolls while wandering around the town and it was). The remainder of the menu was sandwiches or chips. I reported back to my partner at our table and a guy at the next table leant over, and in a voice everybody in the bar must have heard, suggested we try the local chip shop or the 'Shakespeare'. Mmmm. So much for loyalty - maybe he had a grouse with the barmaid!
That was the bad bit! The quality of the beer was excellent, as we ascertained and confirmed over what ended up as a liquid lunch. The 'Lion' has its own brewery ('Hop and Stagger') although apparently no longer on the same site as the pub. We tried all three of their beers including the 'Bridgnorth Porter' and were mightily impressed. We didn't get as far as the guest beers - there really didn't seem any point.
The pub itself was friendly and welcoming and there is a fine garden to the rear. The large pile of logs outside suggests it must be a warm bolt hole in the winter months for travellers and locals alike. I must make a return visit at a more sociable and active time. Maybe then I'll have the evidence to upgrade my opinion to excellent - I rather suspect I would.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a small pub in the High Town of Bridgnorth. The rooms are small, clean and comfortable. It is not up to hotel standards which is why we don't charge hotel rates. If you want somewhere to stay that is comfortable enough to lay your head for one or two nights, reasonably priced, friendly and based in a pub then we could be the place for you. If you are looking for a more luxurious stay in Bridgnorth then we aren't. All rooms have en-suite, digital TV and tea & coffee making facilities. If you need anything while you are here just ask and we will be happy to assist, otherwise you are left alone. Welcome.... ... more less
- Also Known As:
- White Lion Inn Bridgnorth, Shropshire