2014

2014

Burlison Inns bought The Black Lion off Orchid at the end of 2014. Nikki and Stev signed on the dotted line on the 9th Dec 2014, after the refurbishment the pub finally opening on the 27th Jan 2015. Nikki came from the famous Merchants Inn pub in Rugby and Stev was a plumber, very handy when it came to the cellar.

2015

In the first year came the first Cider Festival and First themed Beer Festival (Leighton-On-Sea) the year ended in spectacular style with our now famous 25ft+ Christmas tree and then just to top things off we were awarded both South Bedfordshire and Bedfordshire County Camra pub of the year 2015. We discovered a charity KIDS OUT on our doorstep and have been helping out and raising money ever since.

2015

2016

2015

2016 started with our first Dark Beer Festival along with both Cider and Beer Festivals. The refurb didn’t stop as we transformed our garden into a haven for bees and butterflies, by adding plants and flowers. We invested in a covered area and more seating. The year also saw the arrival of now key members of staff Paul Bond (Bar Manager) Lily Hewitt (Bar Supervisor) and Carl Stephenson (Cellar Manager). We even made it in to the Sunday Telegraph and Anglian News for our Christmas tree. For Stev the handy man building and making things never stopped, with Nikki’s ideas getting bigger, we finished the year with a barn that was no longer a storage space but a speakeasy bar.

2017

2017 was a very busy year, starting with the Dark versus Light Beer Festival, Then the Cider Festival followed by our first Gin Festival On the back of the success of the Gin Festival the Barn was turned into a full time Gin Palace, now open Fridays and Saturdays. After that came the summer Beer Festival (Leighton at War) and Oktoberfest complete with oompah band. For a third year running we were awarded both South Beds and Beds County Camra pub of the year 2017, along with Bedfordshire food and drink best free house pub and also the public vote in the Best Bar None awards. We finished the year in great style with a Wild Wild West NYE party.

2017

2018

2018

2018 could not have started better having been awarded South Beds Camra pub of the year.

Well here is to another hopefully successful year, Cheers.