Superior ale selection all year long


John and his team would like to warmly welcome you to Rochfords premier real ale pub. We pride our selves on serving our beers in peak condition so our customers enjoy the flavours the way the brewers intended.

We were recently awarded CAMRA Pub of the Year in South East Essex to go with the many awards we have won over the years. Come and enjoy our wide range of ales in the traditional surroundings of one of the oldest pubs in Essex.4 resident and 3 guest Real Ales always available - see our ales page for more details.

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The Golden Lion’s Beer Festival is back! From Tuesday the 25th of September to Monday the 1st of October, 11AM till Midnight every day.

Live Music on Sunday with Belinda & The Beltrons. Over 30 Ales plus 8 Real Ciders, here’s what you can expect:

NORTHUMBERLAND. High House Farm Brewery of Matfern.
FEROCIOUS FRED PORTER. An almost black “extra” porter, velvet smooth with a pleasing bitter sweet finish and a thick creamy tan head. Named after the grumpy bull at High House farm. 4.8% ABV.

TYNESIDE. H & B Brewery of Newcastle upon Tyne.
PORTOBELLO BRAG. Extra light, crisp and clean, tangy with a gently hopped punch. A lure for the unwary. 4% ABV.

Bosuns Brewery of Wakefield.

MOCHA STOUT. A smooth creamy stout almost black in colour with an off white head. A faint background of coffee and chocolate makes you come back for more. Moderately bittered and gently hopped makes this stout easy drinking. 4.3% ABV.

Ilkley Brewery.
CROSSROAD IPA. Inspired by Ilkley’s standing as an ancient Roman crossroads, this is a new West Coast IPA. Using a combination of Amarillo, Chinook, Crystal, Southern Cross and Cascade Hops-this beer packs a zesty punch with aromas of Orange rind and citrus peel complimenting big floral notes, flavours of resinous pine and mandarins and a dry, spicy finish.(load of bollocks) A real nod to the West Coast style. 5.4% ABV.

Empire Brewery of Slaithwaite.
ROPETRICK IPA. A pale Amber Double IPA Brewed with Cascade and Chinook Hops.(see that was nice and easy wasn’t it) 5.2% ABV.

ISLE OF MAN. Bushys Brewery of Braddan.
O.M.G.OLD MARKET GROG. A full bodied reddish brown beer full of malty character with a smooth mouth feel. A traditional English hop blend gives it a light bitterness followed by a slight spicy/peppery aroma. Originally brewed for the Old Market Inn at Douglas,but at a lower ABV. 5% ABV.

LANCASHIRE. Lytham Brewery of Lytham St.Annes.
VIPER. A light golden beer brewed with light malts to give a smooth rounded ale,packed with aromatic hops to give a floral finish. 5.6% ABV.

WALES. Big Hand Brewery of Wrexham.
PALEWULF. A straw coloured pale ale with a soft bitterness that allows the exotic fruitiness to shine in this luscious ale. 4.2% ABV.

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE. Lincoln Green Brewery of Hucknall.
BOWMAN. Our American golden pale ale which has a slightly malty taste with a spicy finish. 4.3% ABV.

STAFFORDSHIRE. Burton Bridge Brewery of Burton on Trent.
BRIDGE BITTER. A traditional brown bitter with a distinctive dry hop aroma and a fruity background. 4.2% ABV.

STAFFORDSHIRE. Titanic Brewery of Burslem on Trent.
WHITE STAR. A light refreshing distinctively hoppy beer with a freshness that hides its strength, so easy to drink it will fool most sea dogs.4.5% ABV.

DEATH OR GLORY. Strong dark porter style beer. Its strength is hidden by its easytodrinkabilityness, so be careful. This beer is a large favourite in this pub however it could restrict your ability for coherent speech and increase your chances of talking bollocks. 7.2% ABV.

SUFFOLK. Greene King Brewery of Bury St.Edmunds.
ABBOT CONFESSION. Powerful rich and warming, late hopping gives this special beer a full flavour, completed by a superb balance. Not too much or you may lose yours.(brewed exclusively for Wetherspoons, well up yours Wetherspoons, we got one) 8.5% ABV.

Nethergate. Brewery of Sudbury.
ESSEX BEAST. A fine blend of pale, chocolate and dark crystal malts are used to brew this gargantuan porter. Aromas of toffee, the palate is full and complex, with a spic ey hoppiness. Please handle with care. 6.2% ABV.

OXFORDSHIRE. Loddon Brewery of Dunsden.
FERRYMAN’S GOLD. Golden, smooth, aromatic and zesty. Bewered using Slovenian Stryian Golding hops which impart a zesty Lime flavour. A mix of Caramalt and wheat malt give a smooth, creamy body to the beer and brings out the hint of bicycle inner tube in the finish.(sorry got bored) 4.4% ABV.

EAST LONDON. Bexley Brewery.
REDHOUSE. Deep copper colour, combining caramel and biscuit to produce a full flavoured taste with a hint of toffee and soft fruits. 4.2% ABV.

WILTSHIRE. Three Castle Brewery of Pewsey.
GATEHOUSE. Brown session ale, hoppy and subtley sweet. 3.8% ABV.

KENT. Wantsum Brewery of Hersden.
MONTGOMERY. Named after the ammunition ship that sank off Sheerness. SIBA National Champion Best Bittter 2017.Explosive (please) amber best bitter with exclusively American hops. 4% ABV.

SOMERSET. Cotleigh Brewery of Wiveliscombe.
LEMON BREW. A light golden colour, flavoured with a light infusion of New Zealand Pacific Jade hops which gives a zesty lemon flavour. 4.3% ABV.

DEVON. Hanlons Brewery of Half Moon.
HANLONS IPA. This is a light golden IPA. Caramel flavours with tropical fruits and zesty hops. 4% ABV.

Exe Valley Brewery of Silverton.
AUTUMN GLORY. A well rounded beer with a rich ruby colour. 4.5% ABV.

Colchester Brewery.

JACK SPITTY. Golden easy drinking blonde ale, full of hoppy flavours with a delicate bitterness. 4.1% ABV.

Billericay Brewery.
SEX AND DRUGS AND ROCK AND ROLL. Three U.S.hops are added in the brewing process to give a fruity ale that’s very drinkable. 5% ABV.

Keppels Brewery.
ONE OF THOSE DAYS. Strong stout which is just too easy to driink,every time we made it the day seemed to drag.A firm favourite in the-Golden Lion, if you are not there on the right days you miss it. 6.8% ABV.
LIONS KINGDOM. Brewed in collaboration with the Golden Lion,we asked and Dan and Mike’s a strong Belgian style golden ale brewed using Abbaye yeast in a dual fermentation process,resulting in complex floral tones.As yet I have only tried it out of the bottle (wow!) cant wait for the 25th of September to try it from the cask. 10% ABV.

Brentwood Brewery.
MARVELLOUS MAPLE MILD. This delicate dark mild has just a hint of Maple Syrup which comes through in its smooth finish. 3.7% ABV.

Farmer’s Ales.
GOLDEN BOAR. Deep golden hoppy finish,everything you could wish for from this multi-award winning beer. 5% ABV.

IMPERIAL STOUT. Full bodied malty dark Imperial stout. 9% ABV. STOATY Mc.MILK SHAKE. Sweet Vanilla Milk Stout. 5.3% ABV.

Witham Brewery.
SCRUFFY MILD. A superb dark mild with fruity flavours,which has a satisfying bitterness. 3.8% ABV.

Beers that may appear on the pumps inside during the festival, include.
TRING BREWERY. Squadron Scramble 4% ABV.
EXMOOR BREWERY. Exmore Gold. 4.5% ABV.
FARMER’S ALES. Dark Horse. 6.6% ABV.
GREEN JACK. Baltic trader. 10.5% ABV.

OLD ROSIE. (dry) 7.3%

Farmer Jim’s.
MANGO. (med.sweet) 4% ABV.
APPLE RED. (sweet) 8.4% ABV.
COPPER TOP. (med.dry) 7.4% ABV.
RHUBARB BOB. (med.sweet) 4% ABV.

Sweet Dreams. (med sweet) 6.6% ABV.

Celtic Marches.
SLACK ALICE. (med) 4.6% ABV.
RUBY TUESDAY infused with Raspberries (med) 4% ABV.


Welcome to the Golden Lion, drop in for a drink or two and we'll strive to make sure you'll be back for a third.

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We value your custom and would like to keep it that way. Remember to check back here for our latest menu and upcoming events.


good quality ales

You love good ale and so do we, in addition to our resident ales we have a regular selection of guest ales for you to try.

regular events

Live music, beer festivals, food and much more. Check below for our upcoming events.

beer garden

Make the most of the British summer and enjoy a pint or two in our beer garden, open all year round.


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Golden LionTuesday, September 4th, 2018 at 8:05pm
We can now confirm the live music during the beer festival on the 30th of September will be Belinda & The Beltrons! From 4:30pm to 7:00pm they will be in the beer garden playing a mixture of classic soul and 60’s music, definitely not a day to be missed!
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Golden LionMonday, September 3rd, 2018 at 11:57pm
Hi Everyone!

Apologies for the lack of social media presence lately but we're working on getting this page back up and running again to make you all aware of any events or news in the future.

Please have a look at the two recent events that have been added, the charity cricket match in aid of the Motor Neurons Disease Association on Sunday 9th September and our annual and always popular September beer and cider festival running for a week from Tuesday 25th September.

Would be great to see as many of you as possible at the events, both old faces and new, so help us spread the word, drink some excellent beer and raise some money for a fantastic charity as well!

Many thanks,

The Golden Lion Team
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Golden LionFriday, October 21st, 2016 at 6:33pm
Vote for us as your favourite dog friendly pub! Just goto the link and give us a thumbs up. While you're at it, drop down for a pint too.
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Golden Lion added a life event from 17 June 2016: The Golden Lion South East Essex Premier real ale pub needs bar staff,if you would like to join our friendly team and help to promote real ale please ring Margaret on 01702545487.Friday, June 17th, 2016 at 5:32pm
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Golden LionFriday, February 26th, 2016 at 8:48am
We've launched our new website! Remember to check regularly for our latest ale menu. We're also looking for any pictures you have to go into our gallery, please email or post them below.



Golden Lion Rochford
35 North Street
01702 545487