Update and the question of reopening in July

I regret to say that after consultations I have made the decision not to reopen The Lion on 4th July 

Firstly I have had to consider the safety of our staff and customers. As a small independent pub it is quite a challenge to comply with new and changing government guidelines. 

I feel that it is best to wait a while to see how things go with similar establishments. We can see whether the guidelines really work and learn from others’ experiences before adapting the layout, retraining and restocking the cellars.

I hope you understand my reasoning behind not opening straight away. It is not an easy decision to make but one I feel is best. I will of course keep you informed. Thank you for your continued support and I hope we can gather again soon.


You are aware I have been seeking to bring in new management to The Lion with the options of letting on a tenancy or an outright sale. I can now update you on progress.

I have received an offer for the purchase of The Lion. I have accepted this and I am in the early stage negotiations over details. 

I am as anxious as anyone to see The Lion back to being a great village pub again. I hope we can soon be back there.

John Fletcher

Welcome To The Lion Inn

The Lion Inn is a traditional yet stylish country pub located in the centre of the stunning village of Clifton-upon-Teme, Worcestershire. The Lion Inn offers great food in a classic pub environment with simple yet stylish bed and breakfast at great prices including a freshly cooked locally sourced breakfast. The pub has a main bar, restaurant, games room, three guest bedrooms and a comfortable patio to the rear .

Clifton upon Teme

Clifton upon Teme is a beautiful village overlooking the Teme Valley in Worcestershire. Originally an Anglo-Saxon settlement, the village contains many ancient buildings, including St Kenelm’s church and the Lion Inn. Steeped in history and surrounded by wonderful countryside, Clifton upon Teme is a haven for residents and visitors alike. It is a compact village set on high ground bordered by Sapey Brook to the east and the south flowing River Teme. At its heart is the Green with its ancient trees and pump and around which are clustered some of the village’s most noteworthy buildings.

Clifton upon Teme is situated some 9 miles south of Tenbury Wells and 11 miles from Worcester on a bend in the winding, Tenbury to Worcester Road.

Clifton has been fortunate in retaining many of the services that other communities elsewhere have lost: school, bus service, shop, surgery, garage, pubs, recreation ground and church. The post office also remains, although its hours have recently been reduced. There are numerous clubs and organizations, and amenities and support services for all ages; an under 5s nursery, through school and church, tennis club and pony club, gardeners and ramblers to the bowls club and friendship club – there is something for almost every age and interest.

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We are extremely proud to have been awarded the AA Breakfast, Inn & Dinner Awards in recognition of the high quality experience we provide for our visitors. Come and see for yourself!





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