"Sometimes we wonder what happened to the traditional country pubs of England - the ones where you got a warm welcome and everyone's friendly".
Well, we are pleased to have found a gem in The White Lion at North Kilworth, a free house now under the management of Cliff Wynn who has successfully restored the country pub character and high values to the delight of the local villagers.
A good local pub is often the heart of any village and a great place to eat, drink and socialise with friends and family and that's exactly what you'll find at The White Lion.
And it's great when visitors from outside the village, from Market Harborough or further afield leave a positive review, like these recently left on Tripadvisor:
"Excellent welcome, cheerful staff, good choice of Ales, and very good value food.
The family called in for lunch following a visit to the Canal Museum at Foxton. Although a busy Saturday lunchtime, we were accommodated very quickly and efficiently. Excellent quality meals - reasonably priced. Also good choice of Ales, including Woodforde's Wherry." Geoff P (Nov'18).
"Great place to eat. Just a short walk up from the canal side, we stopped by on our holiday for an evening meal. Very stylish pub with friendly accommodating staff. Good choice of wines, and food, including a specials board. Plenty of options and the meals were well cooked". Tracey N (Oct'18).
But it's not just the quality of food and drink that makes this a good pub, it's also the atmosphere generated by good management, a landlord that cares what the locals want and then provides it.
Occasional live music and quiz nights provide entertainment and the special steak and curry nights are always popular. A Skittles team and Darts team fly the flag for the pub in local leagues and occupy a function and games room at the back on designated days of the month.
The White Lion is now a country pub serving real ales and lager with regular guest beers and local beers. The food is described as 'simple non fancy and plentiful' with great home cooking from a varied lunch and evening menu. And judging by the many reviews, they offer great value for money.
The pub has a family atmosphere and is dog friendly welcoming everyone from local boat people to passing through visitors.
Private functions for up to 50 people can be accommodated through advanced booking.
So why not go along and experience the welcome at The White Lion for yourself?
If you'd like to book a table for Sunday lunch or any other time, (see times below) give them a call on: 01858 882112
Just say 'The Bestof Market Harborough' sent you.
Mon: 5pm - 11pm (NB Closed AM)
Tue: 12pm - 3pm & 5pm - 11pm
Wed: 12pm - 3pm & 5pm - 11pm
Thur: 12pm - 3pm & 5pm - 11pm
Fri: 12pm - 3pm & 5pm - Midnight
Sat: 12pm - Midnight
Sun: 12pm - 11pm (Sunday lunches 12pm - 5pm)
This pub was pretty much a halfway point between Cannock and Peterborough where we met up with friends and what a lovely pub. I'd not been here since 2012 Kilworth challenge and the pub is very different....
Great afternoon out at the White Lion. On a bank holiday monday with live music, sun was shining and beer was flowing nicely. Staff very friendly as well.
Brilliant Sunday lunch. We had a fantastic meal. The pub is lovely (and well catered for managing covid). The landlord and staff were fantastic. I'm actually gutted it's not my local. However we'd happily...
Great food and drinks. Bar staff abs owner are great 👌🏼
Met up with family and found this pub on the internet at half way point. Was not disappointed. Staff were very welcoming and friendly and pub was clean and cheerful. Plenty of menu choice but 6 out of...