Award winning Country Pub on the Shropshire, Staffordshire & Cheshire Borders.

Real Ales, Craft Ciders and British & Belgium Lagers.

Specialist Gins and fabulous, seasonal, freshly cooked food.


FOR SOCIAL DRINKS: Monday & Tuesday: 5pm – 11pm  |  Wednesday to Sunday: 12pm –11pm

FOR FOOD: Wednesday to Friday: 12pm – 3pm  &  5pm – 9pm  |  Saturday: 12pm –9pm  |  Sunday: 12pm –7pm








The historic White Lion at Knighton was reopened by Julian & Helen in March 2016. A traditional pub set in beautiful countryside a stone’s throw from Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire borders and just five minutes from both Bridgemere and Dorothy Clive Gardens.


The White Lion’s 17th Century bar featuring roaring fires, traditional cask ales and award winning wines and spirits is cosy, full of atmosphere and welcoming to all – including dogs! The restaurant is light and airy with lots of space to relax and enjoy great food and better company. Pop in for a light lunch next to the fire, for an evening meal with family and friends – or just for a read of the paper with your favourite tipple and some great conversation – whether it is in the bustling bar, the snuggly snug, the friendly restaurant or the gardens, there is a seat and a smile waiting for you. And a wagging tail from pub dog Ted!


We take food very seriously. British cooking has come a long way and we are all about celebrating the best of local produce cooked with an outrageous passion for delivering simple & beautiful plates of Great British pub grub – classic recipes done brilliantly! With our quarterly, seasonal menus we are committed to using ethically sourced ingredients of the best quality we can. If its grown, laid or fed in a field, our aim is to source from within twenty miles of The White Lion and if it swims then, sustainable and ethical fishing are key to it being served on the plate. We have a passion for British, seasonal produce and a genuine love for beautifully presented and freshly cooked food.


“Made our first visit here around a month ago and it is now a regular favourite. Lovely atmosphere, amazing food and reasonably priced. Favourites are the burger and cod. On occasion starters are a little small and we do not like the beetroot and brie combination. Great catering for Gluten free options.”

Hidden Gem

“Just love this place; the food is the best available in any pub or restaurant in the area, always beautifully served and very friendly service. It takes a lot to impress me food-wise but honestly this little place always impresses. The cheeses are divine and I love that you can choose from a great selection.”

Current Favourite

“Had a wonderful meal last night at the Lion! I took my mom for a special birthday meal, she is celiac and they were so accommodating with her requirements. The food was absolutely divine and service was spot on.”

Another fabulous visit


The White Lion is a Country Pub that delivers brilliant food, not a restaurant that used to be a pub. Drink then is at the core of it’s offering. Our approach to Beers, Wines, Spirits and Soft Drinks matches our approach to food; excellent as a minimum, local where we can, ethically produced and delivered with passion! 

The White Lion provides an excellent “House” Best Bitter for our regulars seeking familiarity and supplements this with ten to fifteen different real cask Ales a month, most brewed from within 30 miles of the pub and all brewed to the highest standard! Salopian, Hobson’s, Woods, Lymestone and Slaters brewery’s all all regularly featured on our bar. The Coach House Brewing Company – Cheshire’s oldest Cask Ale producer is supplier of The White Lion’s “House Ale” Coach House Farriers, a traditional and easy drinking Best Bitter of 3.9% ABV.

The White Lion also delivers excellent Continental Lagers including Vedett, Leffe, Hoegaarden and of course Carling. Guinness and Ciders from Aspalls and Rekordelig complete our tap line up.

Away from the bar top, The White Lion’s shelves are stacked with dozens of premium Gins, Vodkas, Rums, Whiskeys and other Spirits. Cheshire’s favorite, Forest Gin takes pride of place on the Gin Shelf and is well worth a try with a sprig of Rosemary, a Slice of Orange, a splash of Fever Tree Tonic and oodles of love and care!

Tanners Wine Merchants is an independent, family run business established in 1842 and winner of Decanters Outstanding Retailer of the Year and International Wine Challenge 2017’s Large Independent Wine Merchant of the Year. The White Lion at Knighton is proud to be working with this outstanding Wine Merchant who’s knowledge of New World and Old World wines is second to none. Our evolving wine menu includes beautiful examples from the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Chile, Australia, Argentina, California and New Zealand. Gusbourne’s Vintage English Sparkling Wine takes pride of place amongst our Fizzys and proves ever popular.


Perrys of Eccleshall Suppliers of Beef, Lamb, Pork, Chicken and Game to The White Lion. Winners of the Countryside Alliance Champion Butcher of Great Britain, Perry’s has a nose to tail approach to butchery and Master Butcher Steve Hill works closely with our Chefs to help us build this sustainable and nutritional approach into our own recipe development. Perrys’ heritage is deeply rooted in farming and the provenance of its products is paramount – as a result all are sourced from within five miles of the Butchers.

Wild Harbour Fish Company Suppliers of Fish & Seafood to The White Lion as well as many of the best restaurants and hotels nationwide, including many Michelin awarded establishments. Wild Harbor takes delivery of its fish daily and direct from the fisherman of Hayle, Cornwall. It’s focus on Responsible Fishing as well as on supreme quality is what sets Wild Harbour apart from its rivals. It also means that The White Lion’s daily delivery of fresh Seafood is second to none and further, if you want to know how your John Dory or your Haddock was hooked, we can tell you right down to the Skipper and the crew! 

Bearstone Fruit Farm Seasonal fruit and veg grown on site and within 500 yards of the pub

Hungersheath Farm Seasonal fruit and veg grown on site and within 2 miles of the pub

Bens Eggs Free range eggs from Chickens roaming a field within two miles of the pub

Freshview Foods Seasonal Fruit and Veg from Farming Partners in Staffordhshire, Cheshire and Shropshire…

Harvey & Brockless suppliers to The White Lion of some of the best British Cheeses, Charcuterie and Condiments available, including Supreme (Cheese) Champion of great Britain Pave Cobble, the beautiful raw milk Baron Bigod Brie made by Fen Farm Dairy in Suffolk as well as outstanding, award winning British cured meats.


Customers are advised to book in advance by telephone during opening hours or alternatively using the OpenTable App which can be accessed via our website, our Facebook page or the OpenTable website.


(01630) 647300



London Road, Knighton, Staffordshire, TF9 4HJ




Monday & Tuesday: 5pm – 11pm

Wednesday to Sunday: 12pm –11pm



Wednesday to Friday: 12pm – 3pm  |  5pm 9pm

Saturday: 12pm –9pm

Sunday: 12pm –7pm