New Lion Brewery

New Lion Brewery

In 1926, after three quarters of a century of brewing,The Lion Brewery in the heart of Totnes ceased trading. At its peak, this successful brewery owned 26 pubs and employed many local people. People far and wide celebrated its famous porter and its “celebrated Totnes Stout.”

Now, a passionate group of Totnesians have brought that history back to life with the launch of the New Lion Brewery, a business that will once again craft award winning beers and help to boost the local economy. New Lion began creating trial brews in temporary quarters in the autumn of 2013. Over the winter, we built a new brewery from scratch on Station Road, slowly expanding capacity.

Today we’ve got a state-of-the-art brewery that can produce 45 barrels a week, and we have moved to our new home at Webbers Yard in Dartington. In addition to our three basic beers, we are working with local businesses and community groups to create experimental and one-off beers like a pumpkin ale, a chilli beer, and a mushroom stout.

Our business model focuses on four pillars: community, innovation, sustainability and profitability. Through our membership programme, the community will help shape the company and, down the road, will have the opportunity to invest in it. We have become active participants in the Totnes economy, buying ingredients locally wherever possible, and supporting community events with special brews.

In the long run, we hope to create employment, attract visitors to the town, boost the resilience of the local economy, and eventually provide a return to local investors. We also plan to share our knowledge of business and brewing through apprenticeships and training courses.

New Lion Brewery

In 1926, after three quarters of a century of brewing,The Lion Brewery in the heart of Totnes ceased trading. At its peak, this successful brewery owned 26 pubs and employed many local people. People far and wide celebrated its famous porter and its “celebrated Totnes Stout.”

Now, a passionate group of Totnesians have brought that history back to life with the launch of the New Lion Brewery, a business that will once again craft award winning beers and help to boost the local economy. New Lion began creating trial brews in temporary quarters in the autumn of 2013. Over the winter, we built a new brewery from scratch on Station Road, slowly expanding capacity.

Today we’ve got a state-of-the-art brewery that can produce 45 barrels a week, and we have moved to our new home at Webbers Yard in Dartington. In addition to our three basic beers, we are working with local businesses and community groups to create experimental and one-off beers like a pumpkin ale, a chilli beer, and a mushroom stout.

Our business model focuses on four pillars: community, innovation, sustainability and profitability. Through our membership programme, the community will help shape the company and, down the road, will have the opportunity to invest in it. We have become active participants in the Totnes economy, buying ingredients locally wherever possible, and supporting community events with special brews.

In the long run, we hope to create employment, attract visitors to the town, boost the resilience of the local economy, and eventually provide a return to local investors. We also plan to share our knowledge of business and brewing through apprenticeships and training courses.

Contact Information

Meadowbrook Community Centre, Dartington, Totnes, TQ9 6JD
Telephone
01803 226277

Opening hours 

Monday - Thursday
3:00 pm-9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday
1:00 pm-11:00 pm
Sunday
12:00 pm-9:00 pm

Forthcoming events

Music – Keith James – Doors open 7:30pm, Performance(s) 8:00pm, Adult (on the door) £12.00