Cheers! MP Toasts Local Pub’s Revival

Cheers! MP Toasts Local Pub’s Revival

Chris Heaton-Harris MP joined manager Chris Taylor and staff at The Lion in Daventry to celebrate the turnaround in the pub’s fortunes and creation of 30 new jobs following a £400k refurbishment by Star Pubs & Bars and new licensee, Dan Fisher.

Since reopening eight weeks ago, trade at the pub has increased fifteen-fold and the once hardly used drinkers’ pub has become a meeting place for people of all ages for lunches and coffees in the day and for nights out.  As a result, the Lion is looking to recruit five kitchen staff.

The top end of the high street has also benefited from the Lion’s popularity, becoming busier both in the day and evening as the pub is attracting residents from the villages surrounding Daventry.

To share in its success, the Lion will be donating 10p from every pint of Heineken served in December to a charity to be chosen by customers at the end of the month.  Anyone wanting to put forward their charity for consideration, should email

Manager Chris Taylor who moved to Daventry to run the pub said: “The feedback from locals has been really positive with comments like ‘there’s nothing like it in the area’ and ‘it’s brought a London feel to Daventry’. The pizzas and our huge gin selection and craft beers have proved most popular.

 “The festive season is in full swing and we’ve had lots of Christmas party bookings.  We’re hosting our own party on Christmas Eve and a masquerade ball on New Year’s Eve.  As for 2019, our plan is to link up with a local sports team, more reasons to be cheerful!” 

Paul Linton, regional operations director for Star Pubs & Bars said: “Chris and his team have done a great job creating a vibrant high street pub with broad appeal.  Locals have given The Lion a resounding thumbs up since it opened, which is reflected in the figures, which have surpassed forecasts.  I wish the team at the Lion continued success in 2019!”  

Chris Heaton-Harris MP said “The Lion is a fantastic business and it was a pleasure to visit the pub on Friday and meet Chris Taylor and all the staff. It has been great to see the pub being given a new lease of life and to be exceeding all local expectations, as well as providing more than 30 jobs in the constituency. I would like to wish The Lion all the best for the future.”