About The Merrie Lion

The Merrie Lion was built in 1710 and has had a variey of uses over the years until becoming a public house in the nineteenth century. Until the 1950s the pub was called ‘The Red Lion’.  There are many theories about how the name change came about, but we believe it was named after a local resident.

Sadly, after a period of neglect, The Merrie Lion closed in 2010 and was sold for redevelopment. Villagers Nigel and Daphne Leck had lived in Fenny Compton for 16 years and had always thought The Merrie should be the hub of the village. They contacted the buyer with the suggestion that they leased the property with the support of Fenny Compton in order that the village could continue to have a pub at its centre. To their surprise they found a reasonable response.  The rest, as they say, is history. There’s more on the story with an article reprinted from the Warwickshire Life magazine.

Now in 2019, the Merrie Lion is once again thriving and the next chapter in its history is beginning with the opening of purpose-built Bed and Breakfast rooms. There are 6 double en suites (1 has disabled facilities and 2 are dog-friendly), all with free WiFi, smart TVs, tea and coffee making facilities and more. Breakfast is available in the pub for guests and also for customers on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9.30am-12pm. The Merrie has been awarded 4* by VisitEngland.