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The Merrie Lion, Southam

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
Brook Street
Fenny Compton
Postal town: Southam
CV47 2YH
Phone: 01295771134

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Nick Davies left this review about The Merrie Lion

Pleasant multi-roomed village pub laid out on several levels around a central servery, as described by BF below, and thankfully not a foodie destination. Routine beer range, with attractively served Landlord in peak condition. Despite what it says on its website it seems to be open all day and is a far pleasanter choice than the Wharf along the road.

On 13th October 2019 - rating: 7
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Merrie Lion

Having tried and failed at the nearby carpenters arms, lower boddington, we get a completely different experience.

Welcomed in, sat down, offered table service and a full an interesting menu.

Three real ales on - two from Jennings and one local brew "Fenny Pride" - which, if I heard correctly from the barman, was actually a Ringwood rebrand.

Beer OK but the food was exceptional. Best meals out we have had in a long, long time. Very good prices too.

A great pub - especially for diners. I would travel a distance to get here.

Photos at my walking blog -

On 29th October 2016 - rating: 10
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Merrie Lion

Excellent village inn very much as described in previous review. Good beer, nice atmosphere and a warn welcome. Spotting us waiting outside, they even opened a few minutes early to let us in!

On 4th June 2016 - rating: 8
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Merrie Lion

This old stone built village pub has risen from the ashes after a vigorous local campaign .The interior has low ceilings ,some exposed stone work and a pleasing nesting of different rooms.From the front door you step down into a very small tap room with traditional furniture for eight people while to the left is a larger lower room with a wood burner giving off a nice glow ,an upright piano ,much more seating and it's own bar access.To the right of the bar is another seating area with a fishtank and lot of Gilbert and Sullivan posters while beyond this and to the front of the building is a discrete dining area with laid tables.The dining room is more contemporary with modern wall paper but still containing original features such as the attractive wooden window frames.It's all quite classy,although I didn't eat so cant comment on food quality.
It retains a pub atmosphere,and there are happy hour prices on standard draughts between 5-7pm Friday and Saturday bringing some prices down to £3 per pint.There is a very good selection of nibbles,the chilli scratching a real eye opener.
There are 3 handpumps serving beers from the Marston portfolio of breweries,on my trip Banks's Sunbeam,Wychwood Hobgoblin (well kept) and a house ale called Pride of Fenny brewed by Marstons,possibly rebadged Burton Bitter given it's 3.8% ABV.The pub is cask marque accredited which was born out by ale quality on my trip.Real cider is served from a bar top cask.
I liked it and thought it worth the long walk from the Oxford Canal along Wharf Lane.Higher marks would have been awarded if a more adventurous ale selection had been on offer,an Old Empire would have gone down better on a cold winters evening that the "summertime " Sunbeam.

On 4th January 2015 - rating: 7
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Robert Purse left this review about The Merrie Lion

Recently re-opened after a massive re-furbishment following years of neglect Excellent beer (Hobgoblin on draught). Very nice atmosphere with (Thank heavens) no games machines, or juke box. Food (Presentation, Quality & Quantity) spot on. Currently only cold platters, but hot food starts in September. Well worth a visit!

On 8th August 2012 - rating: 8
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