Featuring a copper bar top, reclaimed oak beams and modern lighting this historic building has been brought up to standard ready for business. Though the pub’s opening will be delayed due to the lockdown, the building has been given a new lease of life.
The building’s Jacobean origins date back as far as the 17th century, with late Georgian and Victorian additions. In recent times, an application to turn the building into a dwelling was refused planning following a local “Save the White Lion” campaign. This prompted a rethink and PCMS Design helped the new owners to secure planning and listed building consent for an extension to the trading area as well as an overhaul of the building itself.
The failing roof structure has been strengthened, whilst leaving the original rafters in place. Timber repairs have been carried out to the original wall plate, as well as a feature wall which was originally the end of the building. A modern bathroom has been fitted and the first floor is a characterful, self-contained flat for the publican.
The pub itself boasts a modern beer cellar, new WCs including an accessible toilet and a fully fitted commercial kitchen. The trading area has been extended with access to the beer garden with its fantastic views. The original charm of the pub has been retained, with the large inglenook fireplace, built-in bench seating, low ceilings and exposed beams all giving a very homely feel.
Nestled in the Chilterns, with good access for walkers, cyclists and riders, the White Lion will undoubtedly become a destination of choice for many when it opens.