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A traditional inn with nautical links

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Beer festival
Open all year

Built in 1580 as a brewhouse and inn by a former sea captain, the Lion consists of two rooms, both with open fires; one is a traditional bar, the other a restaurant. Although best known for its food and drink, the pub also once showed true versatility by providing the best-dressed entry in the Monmouth raft race. Debbie Zsigo who runs it knows instinctively what works. In the bar the answer is Wye Valley Butty Bach and Felinfoel Double Dragon, and a number of local ciders including Raglan Cider Mill Snowy Owl. In the restaurant Debbie provides bar snacks, baguettes, ploughman’s, omelettes, light meals and a range of main dishes, typically home-made lasagne; mild chicken curry; locally sourced faggots; and wild mushroom, brie and cranberry Wellington. There’s a stream and an aviary in the garden, and beautiful views from the suntrap courtyard. Time a visit for the beer festival in June or the cider festival in August.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 12-11 (Thursday to Saturday 12-12 Sunday 12-10.30)
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 12-2, Saturday to Sunday 12-2.30
  • Dinner: Monday 7-9.30, Tuesday to Friday 6-9.30, Saturday 6.30-9.30

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales available: Felinfoel Double Dragon, Wye Valley Butty Bach, Tiny Rebel Cwtch
  • Real ciders: Springfield Red Dragon, Raglan Cider Mill Snowy Owl Sweet Perry

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival, June
  • Cider festival, August


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From A40 south of Monmouth take B4293, follow Trellech signs. From M8 junction 2, straight across rounabout, 2nd left at 2nd roundabout, B4293 to Trellech

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