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With origins dating back to 1510 and the old timbers exposed in our Brasserie and rooms, a lovely ambience is created that allows you to relax and enjoy the same hospitality enjoyed many years ago by the likes of Prince Rupert and General Massey during the English Civil War.
It could be said that The White Lion was partially responsible for the end of the Civil War, when the Royalist troops under the command of Prince Rupert "partook in drinking strong waters at the Inn known as The Lion where upon heavy sleep came upon them and at day dawn a forlorn hope of Ironsides crossed the plank which connected the broken bridge with the town & took possession of the church (the 'Pepperpot') and held out until reinforced where upon the Royalists retreated to Worcester". A week later the King was defeated by Cromwell, effectively ending the Civil War.
Henry Fielding, the famous dramatist, journalist, and author was also a guest here. Fielding, who based his books on his friends & colleagues, wrote in his 1749 masterpiece 'The History of Tom Jones' of The White Lion "Tom took... his redeemed lady... to that Inn which in there eyes presented the fairest appearance in the street", and he called the hotel "a house of exceedingly good repute", a comment still true today. He mentions The Rose Room and The Wild Goose Room, both of which remain in use to this day.
Other famous guests at The White Lion include Sir Alec Guiness, Brian Blessed, Max Beesley, Frances De la Tour, Kathy Burke, Sian Phillips, George Sewell, John Sessions & Samantha Morton.
Famous visitors to the White Lion
The High Street in a drawing from 1868
A postcard from 1908
A Raymond Cowern print of the High Street, 1940