Search > Golden Lion

NOTICE: Venues need your support more than ever as they recover following the pandemic.

Indoor service has now resumed, but social distancing measures and table service are still compulsory, and you may need to book in advance.

Please be aware that opening hours and services may be different to those displayed here. Before visiting or ordering from any venue, we strongly advise you to check its website or social media, or get in touch with them first to avoid disappointment.

If you see any details here that need updating, please let us know by submitting feedback on the pub.


Reopened outside in April and inside on 17th May 2021. Open for food and drink from 9am until about 10pm, later at weekends (last food orders by 9pm). Hotel accommodation has also restarted.

Booking for food is advisable, but walk-ins for drinks only can usually be accommodated, although you may have to sit outside (in the sheltered rear courtyard, where many tables are under cover). A one-way system is in operation - entry is via the main entrance, where you will be greeted and led to your table in the courtyard. Please exit via the 'dwarf door' in the Lion's Den. Five cask beers (Thwaites Original, Gold, IPA,Amber and Amber) were available on 10th June.

#PullingTogether - Find out more

Golden Lion

(formerly Lion at Settle)

Duke Street
BD24 9DU

View on Map

Social Links

Opening Times

Monday10.00 am - 10.30 pm
Tuesday10.00 am - 10.30 pm
Wednesday10.00 am - 10.30 pm
Thursday10.00 am - 10.30 pm
Friday10.00 am - 10.30 pm
Saturday10.00 am - 10.30 pm
Sunday10.00 am - 10.30 pm

Meal Times

12 - 9 Mon - Thu
12 - 9.30 Fri & Sat
12 - 9 Sun

About the Pub

Built in the mid 1600s, this old coaching inn in the centre of town has two high-ceilinged, well-decorated rooms for drinking. The main bar features wood panelling, a grand staircase and a huge fireplace adapted for the wood-burning stove. The Lion's Den, accessed from the main bar area via a double door or via the old 'dwarf door' (dated 1671) off the street, is comfortable and pleasantly decorated with wooden flooring and dark wood-panelling to waist height. The spacious dining area to the right of the bar, refurbished in January 2018, is bright and colourful. Outside seating is available in the yard to the side and rear of the pub, some of it covered. The Lion is friendly and popular with both locals and visitors alike. The 14 letting rooms, all dog-friendly, are all in the main building. There is a folk session on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, and the Lion is a key venue for planned and impromptu sessions during Settle Folk Gathering in early September. Coffee and cakes are available and Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 10. There is level access through the main door and to the toilets (not disabled) with a ramp to the outdoor drinking area. The bar usually stays open until 11, but access into the building from outside after 10.30 (earlier in winter) is for residents only. The current front of the pub used to be the rear before the pub was completely re-modelled when the turnpike to Skipton was built and Duke Street became the main road. The original entrance was onto Main Street which also provided access to the stables and the like. Look closely at the section of the frontage containing the dwarf door - it looks very like a back wall!

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 5 regular beers.

  • Thwaites Amber
  • Thwaites Gold
  • Thwaites IPA
  • Thwaites Mild
  • Thwaites Original

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 1 changing beer.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Dark Horse --varies--
  • Kirkby Lonsdale --varies--
  • Settle --varies--

The pub's range of changing beers regularly includes the following rare beer styles:

  • Mild

Source: Local

Email this pub to a friend

Golden Lion, Settle


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available

    Rosie's Pig fruit ciders.

  • MemberDiscountScheme Member Discount Scheme

    30p off a pint, no discount on half-pint.

  • LocAle LocAle Accredited
  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Pub Garden

    Partially covered courtyard.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly

    Towels and water by the main entrance.

  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Accommodation Accommodation
  • Camping Camping Nearby 1700m

    Langcliffe Park.

  • Games Traditional Pub Games

    Dominoes, cards, chess, board games.

  • LiveMusic Live Music
  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • RealFire Real Fire
  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • WiFi Wifi

View on Larger Map

Golden Lion

Duke Street
BD24 9DU

Sat Nav Reference

54.068114, -2.277087


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Station Close to Railway Station

Nearby Bus Routes (200m)

NYCC: 11 (Mon-Sat daytime only); Kirkby Lonsdale Coaches: 580/581 (Mon-Sat daytime only), 881 (Summer Sunday only)

Nearby Station (400m)


Submit Pub Feedback to CAMRA

We welcome the help of all users to contribute to this important campaigning project. Please use the form below to submit feedback or updates directly to the CAMRA branch for consideration.

Please note that any changes mentioned WILL NOT have an immediate effect on but will instead be emailed directly to the CAMRA branch Pubs Officer for consideration. If you provide your name and/or email address this information will also be visible to the Pubs Officer, who may use this information to follow up your feedback. IF YOU WISH TO CONTACT THE PUB DIRECT, PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS FORM.

Submit Beer Scores

The National Beer Scoring System has been upgraded and is now fully integrated with, making finding a pub and scoring your beers much easier.

Beer scoring is only available to CAMRA members. To start scoring please login below or join CAMRA on the national website.

Join CAMRA | Member Login

Campaign for your local

We campaign on a number of issues to help keep pubs open and pints affordable. If you love beer and pubs, get involved today!

Find out more

The Red (On)Lion
Save your local pub Join CAMRA The Red (On)Lion
Close overlay