Where it all began

January 1, 2022

The White Lion has been part of the Hankelow community for over 200 years.

It seems fitting that when the pub closed its doors in 2016 it was the community who stepped in.

The very people it had served over its two centuries of existence – as a community hub, a local spot for a drink and a bite to eat, a place for celebration, and a landmark where memories had been made and shared through generations.

This determined bunch raised £380,000 to rescue the pub. But this is just the beginning of The White Lion’s story. 

Once the keys were exchanged and the twelve hopeful new owners of The White Lion examined their pub, it became clear what they had undertaken. Years of neglect meant the beautiful old building had fallen into disrepair.

Calculations were made, experts engaged, and gradually the true picture of what would be required to restore The White Lion to its former glory came together. The pub would need significant investment – not just a financial one, but almost incomprehensible levels of time, commitment, and planning.

The group of twelve grew to nearly 40 and raised £1.5 million to begin work on the pub in April 2021.

The Plans

The plans for the White Lion have been nothing short of spectacular, the pub has been restored from the ground up, with solid oak floors, a new roon and bespoke hardwood windows and doors throughout.


Their contribution can be seen in The White Lion’s operations, too, with the community ensuring sustainability is at the centre of the pub’s ethos. It boasts 37 rooftop solar panels, a cutting-edge infrared ceiling and wall-mounted heating system, as well as an integrated building management efficiency scheme, and a rainwater harvesting tank.

After spending so long empty, it’s finally time for The White Lion to be full of life again. We can’t wait to welcome people from near and far as we work on writing the next 200 years of the story. Whether it’s for an award-winning pint, an evening meal, or a special occasion, we’re ready to welcome you!

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