• Blending traditional character with modern comforts, The Golden Lion has been extending a warm welcome to travellers and diners for over two centuries…

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  • Relax in our restaurant and take your pick from a menu brimming with traditional, tasty treats...

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  • Enjoy a drink at the bar, or ask our bartender to blend you a ‘bartender’s choice'...

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The hotel

The Old Riverport of St Ives nestles on the banks of The Great Ouse river and is barely 15 miles from Cambridge. Known the world over for the Chapel on the 15th century bridge which spans the water, the town has over 150 buildings which are listed and lives under the watchful eye of Oliver Cromwell, a one-time time resident of the town.

Whether you are looking for a welcoming place to spend the night or would simply like to enjoy a drink or a bite to eat surrounded by friendly faces, The Golden Lion is perfectly placed, right in the centre of the historic market town of St. Ives. It offers all-day dining and an in-house coffee shop, free WiFi and is pet-friendly.

A fascinating history

The Golden Lion Hotel and Restaurant originally dates from the 19th Century as a traditional Coaching Inn in the heart of the Cambridgeshire market town of St Ives.

The hotel is referred to as a “leading hotel” in St Ives in the 1893 travel book ‘The Official Guide to the Great Eastern Railway’.

The Golden Lion Hotel and Restaurant in St Ives Cambridgeshire is a beautifully refurbished, truly classic coaching Inn offering the weary traveller 21st century comfort in a delightful 18th century building, indeed, the Inn is referenced in the 1893 travel book… read more

Our people

Guests and visitors of The Golden Lion will notice something that everyone who works here has in common – they genuinely enjoy their jobs.

As a family-run business we strive to deliver a more friendly, personal service and could never be accused of being stuffy or pretentious. That being said, all staff are professional and extremely well trained to ensure that your experience is as great as it can possibly be.

It’s our hotel, but we want it to feel like it’s your hotel too… read more

Join Us

The Coaching Inn Group are an equal opportunities employer. We offer great training and the opportunity to progress, so if you have the energy, drive and professionalism to represent our strong company values then we would love to hear from you.

We employ in excess of 600 people, including centrally based management, office & maintenance teams through to locally based management, chefs, receptionists, and many more.

We pride ourselves on encouraging staff progression within the group, and consider it an honour to be able to help start someone’s career in the hospitality industry… read more

Reviews

From local guests who regularly dine with us, to visitors from across the country and abroad, we welcome feedback to ensure that we continue to exceed the standards you have come to expect from us.

Click here to read some of our most recent reviews.

The Coaching Inn Group

The Golden Lion Hotel is part of The Coaching Inn Group, which has a passion for restoring lovely old historic coaching inns, of which there are now 15 of these iconic buildings in their collection.

Through refurbishing, revitalising and breathing life back into these inns, The Coaching Inn Group creates elegant, comfortable and well-priced accommodation and dining spaces with tempting menus, relaxed and stylish bars and coffee lounges… read more

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