You can’t miss The Red Lion if you’re in the picturesque village of Clovelly, as it’s the white building that sits right on the ancient harbour. Dating all the way back to the 18th century, the pub was once three cider houses where the fishermen of the village would meet and swap stories of their experiences at sea.
This is the kind of place that’s as much a piece of living history as it is a pub, and the building even had its place in literary history thanks to Charles Kingsley. The novelist named The Red Lion as the birthplace of the fictional sailor Salvation Yeo in the popular ‘Westward Ho!’.
If it’s historic features you’re looking for then you’ll find one at every turn in The Red Lion, from the flagstones underfoot, to the beams overhead and the local pictures that are displayed in the historic back room. Dogs are welcome in the back bar but they must be kept on leads, and there’s food served in the bar and in the restaurant upstairs. The restaurant chefs make an effort to include local ingredients in as many dishes as possible, and the views out across the harbour are beautiful.