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Southwold Red Lion

previously known as Lion Inn

2 South Green, IP18 6ET

01502 722385


grid reference TM 508 760

opened 1672

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opening hours:

  • 1100-2300

food times:

  • Mon-Fri: 1200-1400, 1830-2100
  • Sat-Sun: 1200-1430, 1830-2100
(Times last updated 22/05/2016)

regular real ales

Adnams range


listed building grade II


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last updated 22/05/2016

This 17th century oak-beamed inn is located close to the South Green. The characterful interior is divided into three areas with a wood panelled bar to the front and two quieter seated areas to the rear. Patio seating to rear and front. Outside toilets.

The building is a rare survivor of the great fire of Southwold (April 1659) which destroyed most of the town.

Beer served through handpulls Beer served through handpulls

Lunchtime meals (not just snacks) Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)

Evening meals Evening meals

Restaurant or separate dining area Restaurant or separate dining area

Separate public bar Separate public bar

Pub sells beer from local brewers Pub sells beer from local brewers

Traditional pub games available Traditional pub games available

Real fire Real fire

dogs-welcome Dog friendly

children-welcome Family friendly

Pub is accessible to disabled customers Pub is accessible to disabled customers

Bus stop Bus stop nearby (see public transport tab for details)

live music live music

Beer garden or other outside drinking area Beer garden or other outside drinking area

CamROT (Campaign for Real Outside Toilets) approved CamROT (Campaign for Real Outside Toilets) approved


(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.