The Red Lion is almost opposite the Crown Inn on the junction with the A361 and A417 near Ha’Penny bridge. The Red Lion had a long association with Arkell’s Brewery of Swindon. Records show that Arkell’s Kingsdown Brewery owned the Red Lion in 1874 and it continued in their ownership for another 134 years – until Arkell’s closed it down in the summer of 2008!  It called ‘last orders’ for the final time at the same time that Arkell’s opened the Riverside a few yards away. Ironically the Swindon brewery had spent £300,000 on refurbishing the Red Lion just four years earlier.

The landlord in 2002, Dave Miles, had a yellow crested Amazonian parrot called Holsten that used to embarrass customers at the Red Lion by screeching expletives. Dave said: “He can say just about every rude word you can think of!”

The Red Lion is now an Italian Restaurant / wine bar.

Map Reference: SU 213995

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Arkell & Son, Kingsdown Brewery, Swindon

Rateable Value in 1891: £12.18s.5d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Arkell & Son, Kingsdown Brewery, Swindon

Rateable Value in 1903: £12.18s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 11pm

Landlords at the Red Lion include:

1856 W. Hiett

1885,1906  Robert Stevens

1919 Mrs Elizabeth Mary Stevens

1927 William Pudwell

1939 Mrs Alice Pudwell

1960’s Ron Siddall

1985-1992 Judy Dudley (moved to The Bull in Fairford)

2002 David Miles

2004 Chris Benton

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