Ipswich Golden Lion
previously known as White Lion
10 Cornhill, IP1 1DB
grid reference TM 161 446
opened circa 1400
owner JD Wetherspoon
bar / diner
- 9am-12 (midnight) Sun-Thu;
- 9am-1am Fri & Sat
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listed building grade II
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Local licensing authority for Ipswich is Ipswich Borough Council
last updated 24/02/2015
Grade 2 listed hotel building and former posting house located in one corner of the historic Corn Hill. Once it stood beside the moot hall, today it is dwarfed by the Victorian Town Hall.
Originally the whole hotel complex formed the Golden Lion as the large roof sign suggests. The lion statue was once gilded; small remnants of this gilding still remain. Since 1998 the foyer has been used as a restaurant and the separate function room (to rear) has been used as an occasional live music venue whilst the hotel business still functions on the upper floors. Disabled toilet.
The bar area is operated as a single "L" shaped split level room with food and beer festivals. Beers from the JD Wetherspoon national beer list. Disabled toilet.
The building is supposed to date from the 18th century. An earlier inn called the White Lion stood on this site; whether in the same building or one preceding it is uncertain.
The White Lion is known to have dated back at least to the 16th century.
Real draught cider available
Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
Traditional separate public bar
Bus stop nearby (see public transport tab for details)
Railway station within about a mile (see public transport tab for details)
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(**** information supplied by Neil Langridge)
 The Moot Hall stood on the site of the present Town Hall.
 In the time of Queen Mary the Ipswich Martyrs were burnt at the stake on the Cornhill (in 1555) for their Protestant beliefs. A monument commemorating this event now stands in Christchurch Park.