Golden Lion

2 High Street, Romford, Essex, RM1 1HR
Call: 01708 740081

15th-Century Inspired Pub in Romford

The Golden Lion is located on Romford High Street at the centre of the town’s shopping and dining area. Built in traditional 15th-century style, the inn has long been a point of focus in Romford and was even used as a stopping-off point for royalty on their way to and from London. The original carriage entrance still stands on the left hand side of the pub and original features can be found both inside and outside of the inn, including exposed low-beamed ceilings in the main bar, attractive sash windows and a traditional swinging name sign.

The Grade II-listed pub was originally named Le Lion and is one of the oldest inns in England to have been continuously used as a pub since its establishment. At one point in the long and illustrious history of the Golden Lion, Viscount Francis Bacon, Lord Chancellor to King James I’s court owned the pub. It is believed that the pub was one of the first in the country to sell the locally brewed Star Brewery beers back when the brewery was first opened by Benjamin Wilson in 1708. The views from the windows may have changed over the years since then, but the interior remains much the same.

A traditional 15th-century charm and sense of history can be felt throughout the pub. Dark wooden furniture and doors, neutral yellow walls with hanging wall lights, and black and white photos of the area throughout the years all add to the unforgettable atmosphere of this traditional coaching inn. We have an on-site restaurant upstairs from the main bar area serving hearty pub food, a walled beer garden to the rear and several large TV screens and projectors showing the best in football, rugby and other popular sports. There is often live music at nights, attracting both locals and visitors alike.

Hire Our Private Function Room for All Occasions

The Golden Lion has a self-enclosed function room upstairs from the main bar area. The function room has an exposed brick bar and original oak beams, room for 60 seated or 100 standing guests, unrivalled views over Romford’s main square and a dancefloor complete with an iPod and laptop-compatible music system. The space is not only suited to weddings, christenings and parties, but also has facilities available for projecting presentations for business meetings and conferences.

The room can be decorated with banners and balloons to suit any occasion, and we have a long table that can be used for buffet spreads. The self-enclosed exposed wooden bar can come with a bartender who is solely responsible for functions in the room.

Journey back through History in a Royal Coaching Inn

Romford is only 14 miles from central London, so makes for a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the capital. Locals and regular guests frequently visit the Golden Lion to enjoy the historic atmosphere, characterful building and friendly staff. We are located a short walk along the High Street from Romford’s main railway station, which has connections to London’s Liverpool Street.

Function Room Information - Lion Room
Capacity 100 Private Bar Yes
Hire Costs Not Available Area Type private
Facilities Beer Garden, Coffee Machine, Fixed Screen, Flip Chart and Pens, Hot Water Flasks, Portable screen, Private Bar, Projector, Sky TV/BT Sport, TV, Wi-Fi,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Conferences and Meetings, Funerals, Live Sports, Parties, Private Bars, Restaurants, Tour Groups, Weddings,

The nearest Train Station to Golden Lion is Romford Train Station