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Welcome to The Ickleton Lion, a great pub with good food near Saffron Walden.

In October 2017 Simon and Samantha Cleary took over The Plough in Great Chesterford, just a couple of miles away from this lovely pub. Things have gone pretty well at The Plough which over the past 3 years has won numerous awards.

In December 2020, in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, a time when nothing seems to make sense, when the world has gone topsy turvy Simon and Samantha were approached to see if they would take on the Ickleton Lion too.

Any sensible person would run away but, in the spirit of Del Boy Trotter “He who dares wins Rodney”, “This time next year we’ll be millionaires” Simon and Samantha accepted the challenge.

We love this building, it is a proper old fashioned village pub nestled in the heart of a lovely semi rural community. Sitting literally on the Essex / Cambridgeshire border the pub is easily accessible from both counties and is not far from junction 9 of the M11.

As any good village pub should, the Lion has an extensive range of beers and wines and enough Gins to keep the most fervent drinker engaged.

As any good village pub should, the Lion has an extensive range of beers and wines and enough Gins to keep the most fervent drinker engaged. And we try as much as possible to only use locally sourced fresh ingredients to create great quality home cooked dishes.

A community pub in the heart of the community……….. as it should be

Please click here to see all our delicious menus


Saftey Notice Covid -19

We are practising strict social distancing rules and all staff members will be wearing protective gear while serving customers food inside the pub. Our garden and the inside of the pub both have multiple sanitising stations and safety notices. We are also following all the latest guidance regarding wearing masks, table service and opening hours – please see all the details of measures in place by clicking here


Community Hub
The Pub is the hub of the community here in Ickleton, and we have created a warm and welcoming environment for all to come and enjoy. We host many cyclists, ramblers, dog walkers, not to mention our local villagers, so pop in and pay us a visit. To keep up to date with all the exciting events we have throughout the year please like our Facebook page here

Please come and support us in what has been a difficult time for all pub establishments!


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