The Sun Inn, Leintwardine
A Living Memorial to Flossie Lane (1915-2009)
If you are cycling the Welsh Marches, your trip will be incomplete if you fail to pop in for a pint at the Sun Inn, Leintwardine. Unique in Britain, this is the only surviving example of a 'parlour pub' where customers can truly feel at home. This is all down to licensee Flossie Lane who died in 1994, and the public spiritedness of Nick Davis, Gary Seymour, and the local community, who are determined that Flossie's spirit will live on.
Do visit the Sun Inn's website at http://www.suninn-leintwardine.co.uk/
You'll find that cyclists, walkers, and dogs are particularly welcome - well recalled by the writer in the 70s when he chanced upon a couple of tandemists who introduced him to Flossie and her home from home. The photo below is a memory of that occasion. Little did we realise Flossie (pictured) would still around for a further quarter of a century and more. The secret of her longevity? Not the drink of the Gods - she was teetotal!
Photo © Roy Spilsbury
And if you want to hear Jeremy Paxman's meeting with Flossie, (last broadcast on Radio 4, 5th July 2009) Click http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00lcksz. It's 14 minutes into the recording.
Tom Harrison reports visiting The Sun Inn in October 2010. Coming with a CTC recommendation, we note, it guarantees a warm friendly reception for cyclists and walkers alike - in fact The Sun has it's own pool of pedallers amongst its customers
And if you'd like to actually see the interior with its regulars