Golden Lion is restored to its former pride

A historic but boarded-up pub has undergone a major refurbishment and will once again roar with pride.

Saturday, 2nd August 2014, 7:00 am
At the Golden Lion, Todmorden, are, from the left, Sue Matthews, Brian Lloyd and Peter Mason

Investors hope Fielden Square’s Golden Lion will toast success after a £300,000 revamp by investors Mood Pubs.

It is hoped the public house will be open for the weekend of August 23 and punters can expect to enjoy a smooth pint and homemade meals. The pub layout has been sectioned into zones, including sports and quiet ‘snug’ areas.

Original flooring has been restored in the pub.

Upstairs will boast a cosmopolitan and contemporary-styled wine bar and will lend itself for private function hire.

Mood Pubs director, Peter Mason, said the interior is now finished and work will now be gin on the exterior to bring it up to the same standards, aesthetically.

The Golden Lion will be run by co-tenants Brian Lloyd and Sue Matthews.

Brian, a former Golden Lion regular, said: “The pub is one of the nicest in the town, we’re hoping the re-opening will encourage more people to use the town. We’re hoping to achieve a friendly country pub, offering hearty food and quality keg and cask ales.”

The re-opening of the pub, which is situated next to the canal, will help revive this part of the town after suffering economically in recent years.

The Golden Lion fell victim to devastating water damage caused by the 2012 floods and in July, 2013.

Improved flood defenses in this part of the town should better protect the pub from and future flooding, says Mr Mason.

“The pub is a real community pub and we hope Todmorden locals will take pride in their pub. People were worried it’d be another case of a pub turning into flats.

“We never had that intention, we always wanted to see the pub restored as it’s an integral part of the town’s history,” he said.

The building has provided use as a Post Office and was a coaching inn.

Mr Mason says the shutters will be removed within the next week when the public will be able to have a sneak-peek ahead of the official opening.