SAVE THE WHITE LION! We are crowdfunding with the aim to purchase and renovate this public house and bring it back to the community that know and have loved the establishment for years and years!
The property is situated in a built-up residential area just under half a mile to the south west of Redhill town centre with its Belfry and Harlequin shopping schemes and station with main line rail service to London in about 35 minutes. The council’s major new mixed-use development in Marketfield Way is due for completion later in 2022.
Understood to date from the sixteenth century and the oldest public house in Redhill, the property comprises a three-storey detached building with cellar and with mainly pitched tile roofing and rendered elevations. It occupies a corner site of about 0.27 acre at the junction with Grovehill Road which includes a rear pub garden on two levels and a large car park off Linkfield Street with about 20 spaces. The pub can cater for about 75 covers and the trade garden for about 50 covers.
The property lies within the Linkfield Street Conservation Area and is a Grade II listed building understood to date from the 16th century with central chimney and back-to-back inglenooks on the ground floor.
A planning application to convert the building into three flats and to construct two semi-detached houses on the car park area under ref 19/00172/F was refused on 23rd May 2019. Reasons included loss of a public and community asset and out of keeping with character of area. The current approved planning use is that of a pub or drinking establishment.