The Lion

Malpas, Cheshire
+44 (0)1948 807070
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£99 - £219
per night

A friendly rural town pub with smart rooms, locally inspired menus and Cheshire and north Wales to explore – bring the dog too


16 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£99 - £219 per night

The Experience

The owners of this ancient inn undertook a meticulous restoration by adding 16 spanking new bedrooms in the grounds – some dog-friendly plus a suite for groups or families – and remodelling the bar and dining areas to let the light flood in. The result is fresh and pleasing with cosy corners in front of glowing fires and a beamed bar where you can join locals sipping Cheshire ales and gins.

The kitchen team pride themselves on crafting dishes of gourmet comfort food. Produce is mostly sourced from a 20-mile radius including locally reared meat and game cooked over the coals of the Josper grill, proper pies and sharing quiches, and bread from a local bakery. You wander over to the pub for breakfast in the bright and airy dining room – full English and good options for veggies and vegans – before setting out to explore Cheshire.

Historic Chester is close or you can hop over the border to rural north Wales.

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We think you'll love

  • The classic and creative pub menus bursting with local produce, the superb selection of local drinks and the curated wine list
  • The friendly welcome everyone gets including kids and dogs
  • Sleeping so well in comfortable bedrooms
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You should know

  • Children are very welcome – extra beds, high chair. Smaller portions can all be arranged but there is no garden play area
  • You're in rural Cheshire and a car will help you get around, otherwise you'll need to book taxis


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from £99
Dinner, B&B £169-£209 per person. Extra bed/sofabed available £20 per person.
1 Suite for 2
From £169
1 Twin/double
From £119
3 Twins
From £99
11 Doubles
From £99


Booking information

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Minimum stay: 2 nights on weekends May-August. Extra kids' beds available £20.

Dogs welcome in some rooms, £20 per stay. Dog beds available and good walking routes nearby.

Breakfast £15. Starters from £4. Lunch from £6.50. Mains from £16. Puddings from £6.


The Lion is a traditional inn with friendly staff that has been at the heart of this community since the 1600s. It has been renovated to a high standard with a variety of spaces to relax. The food is sourced from high-quality local ingredients where possible and prepared with care. The fresh, inviting rooms have comfortable beds and relaxing atmospheres, and there are country walks on the doorstep.

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The neighbourhood

The pretty market town of Malpas has a few shops and cafes and is surrounded by fields of vivid green, ancient trees and narrow country lanes shooting off to historic Chester (30 minutes), arty Llangollen (40 minutes), castles, racecourses and walks from the door. Hop over the border to north Wales where you can walk for miles in the glorious Clwydian Range & Dee Valley National Landscape.

Local points of interest from Bethan Rose-Bailey

  • Malpas is a quaint, picturesque village nestled in the south Cheshire countryside. Steeped in medieval history, it's the perfect base for discovering what Cheshire has to offer, as well as Shropshire and North Wales.
  • Take a day trip to historic Chester to walk the city walls, visit the 1000-year-old cathedral, see the largest Roman amphitheatre in Britain and shop at the unique Rows galleries.
  • There are several castles to visit in the surrounding area including Beeston Castle & Woodland Park, Peckforton Castle and Cholmondeley Castle.
  • The Ice Cream Farm is an award-winning family attraction in Cheshire, with indoor and outdoor play areas for children and the world's biggest ice cream shop – perfect for a family day out.
  • Three Wrens gin distillery is close by and does gin tasting days and tours. E&M Glass is also local and does glass blowing sessions.
  • North Wales is within easy reach for days out exploring the countryside, mountains or coastline.


Bethan Rose-Bailey

Si and Chrissie have owned The Swan in Tarporley for 25 years and added The Lion in Malpas to their collection in 2018. They run them as a joint venture with a local businessman, Woody, who owns a local bakery that supplies both pubs with all their bread. You're looked after by General Manager Bethan and her friendly teams.