Southwold Red Lion
Southwold Red Lion
formerly Lion Inn
Due to the latest government regulations, pubs currently have to close by 10pm. Opening hours displayed on this page may not take account of this change.
The pub has reopened.
Real Ale is sold here.
Under new management as of 01/03/2017
2 South Green, IP18 6ET
grid reference TM 508 760
bar / diner, opened 1672
This 17th century oak-beamed inn is located close to the South Green. The characterful interior is divided into separate areas with a wood panelled bar to front & quieter seated areas to rear. Patio seating to rear & front. The building is a rare survivor of the great fire of Southwold (April 1659) that destroyed most of the town.
The building is a rare survivor of the great fire of Southwold (April 1659) which destroyed most of the town.
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Beer served through handpumps
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- CamROT (Campaign for Real Outside Toilets) approved
- Dogs welcome: patio area in front of pub
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Live music: Friday evening and Sunday afternoon
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Pub sells beer from local brewers
- Restaurant or separate dining area
- Separate bar
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1903 (interactive map)
To be sold by auction, by Mr Cana, at the New Swan Inn, Southwold, Lot 4., the freehold Red Lion, a substantially brick built public house, in excellent repair, possessing every convenience for carrying on extensive trade, and is subject to trifling outgoings. The tenant has notice to quit at Michaelmas.Ipswich Journal, July 1820**
In 1823, Pigot's Directory lists coaches from the inn to Norwich leaving every Tuesday at 6am and Saturday at 5am; coaches also left the inn to Yarmouth every Monday & Wednesday morning at 7am.
The Red Lion & premises was purchased by Mr Jas Hague (July 23rd 1863). It was hired to Mr Daniel Betts Osbourne from October 11th 1863…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic book information from Bob Mitchell)
(**** Reference to pub seen in Southwold Diary of James Maggs (1818-1876) published by Suffolk Records Society in 2007)
Opening date from A Survey of Suffolk Parish History.