The building boasts an early Georgian façade over a Grade One listed building. The timber-framed structure dates back to 1314. Queen Elizabeth I is said to have held court here in 1574.  It was originally known as St Nicholas House and was owned by the Whittington family from Pauntley from 1311 until 1546. The pub takes its title from the most famous son of the family, Richard who lived from 1350 to 1423 and was Lord Mayor of London three times. The building became a restaurant in the 1970’s.

Courtesy Darrel Kirby

In the 1980’s it was bought by Michael Cannon, who converted the restaurant into fully licensed premises.

The Dick Whittington is reputedly haunted. One of the ghosts is a scullery maid called Maggie, who died of the plaque. She was locked away in the cellar when it was discovered she had the disease. Apparently the owner of the house confined her there as he was worried that if she were to be found his dinner party would be ruined. The cellar of the house is now the Black Cat Bar.

This page will be updated with additional information (archived March 2022)


1997,1999 Ramsey Smith (the Dick Whittington was owned by Greene King in 1999)

2000 Carol Musselwhite

2001 James Williams

2004 (Jan),2006 Debbie and Bob Bolton

2006 (June),2007 Caroline Puffett and James Goode

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