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The pub is in the heart of York – but it hides a sunny secret.

Found on Church Street, The Golden Lion looks like a traditional alehouse. But it has a hidden roof terrace which has just been given a colourful makeover.


Another view of the small roof terrace

The decor has a railway theme

The suntrap now has a railway theme. There are suitcases and old travel guides on the wall, as well as an old London North Eastern Railway sign.

Reflecting on a new look
This sign is an example of the railway memorabilia dotted throughout the Golden Lion

Red-cushioned benches, a green privacy hedge and mirrors complete the look.

This is only part of the revamp. The Golden Lion was closed for a couple of weeks to allow for a full internal redecoration.

It reopened with a party atmosphere and drinkers dancing to live music from The Mojos.

Quirky… the new roof terrace decoration
Well known: the Golden Lion on Church Street

A sign of things to come

Jenny Glenn, manager of the Greene King-owned pub, said the opening night was busy – and the sunny weekend has already made the beer terrace a hit.

Looking towards Church Street
More rail-themed photographs and memorabilia inside the bar
Spruced up: inside the new-look Lion

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