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The Red Lion at Pendoylan

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Pendoylan, Cardiff CF71 7UJ, Wales
+44 1446 760690
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: A sympathetically refurbished and well presented stone built country pub...
A sympathetically refurbished and well presented stone built country pub, serving modern British and European cuisine; traditional dishes coupled with inventive flavour combinations, that change with the seasons, and the very best of local produce. Delicious food, modestly priced.
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Visitor rating
  • 90
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A let down

Looked forward to catching up with a friend over lunch. Menus laminated like a cafe. Starters looked appealing on the menu bit failed to deliver. Burgers were nice but would have benighted from some tomato and other salad and less bacon and cheese. A relish would have been nice to cut through the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Looked forward to catching up with a friend over lunch. Menus laminated like a cafe. Starters looked appealing on the menu bit failed to deliver. Burgers were nice but would have benighted from some tomato and other salad and less bacon and cheese. A relish would have been nice to cut through the richness but the onion marmalade, although good,... More 

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CarmellaRed, Manager at The Red Lion at Pendoylan, responded to this review

There's not much I can say to this review other than from reading all of your other reviews, it seems you are a tricky customer to please! I find it quite intriguing that you sent back cold food at another establishment and yet gave them 4 stars. You seem to not give any merit to value, quality of ingredients or... More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We went with our friends who had bought a voucher for us all. I arranged by telephone and that was easy. The restaurant decor and atmoshere is good. There were a number of people having lunch but there was no noise and we could converse nicely. We had a bottle of Chilean wine, excellent, and I had lamb starter and... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

Called in for an early lunch on a Saturday staff very friendly and accommodating, we only had sandwiches and they were both great and good portion sizes, lovely atmosphere, looking forward to returning to try the specials very soon

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I contacted the pub with one week's notice to enquire about availability of space for a party of 30+. The function room was already booked but the staff organised things very quickly and offered us the bar area. My husband and I went for a meal to check out the pub / discuss the food options for the party and... More 

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CarmellaRed, Manager at The Red Lion at Pendoylan, responded to this review

It's so wonderful to hear that you and your family enjoyed your special celebration and the experience with us here at the Red Lion. We thank you for the kind words, and look forward to seeing you here again soon. More 

Llantrisant, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Excellent pub/restaurant that needs to be fully supported by the local community. The young staff are making a big effort to make this a success with steak nights and set daytime menus which offer fantastic value for money. If you have never been to the restaurant give the steak night or Sunday lunch a try you wont be disappointed.

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

The decor was attractive and welcoming. We were disappointed with the food which was average. Starters we had the cured meat platter. The ciabatta was very good but there were only two very small pieces. The other starter was the cumin and orange lamb salad. Unfortunately we could taste neither the orange or cumin in what was a small lamb... More 

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CarmellaRed, Manager at The Red Lion at Pendoylan, responded to this review

We are always keen for feedback on the product we deliver here at The Red Lion, & I'm glad you found the surroundings to be pleasant. If you found the meat board starter displeasing, that is a shame, however the points raised are new to us; this is our second biggest selling starter and we have had no complaints with... More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We live relatively locally to this pub and have eaten here several times. It has the potential to be so much better. Staff are generally very friendly although today there were a couple of new faces who were not so welcoming. The sign outside said Sunday lunch 12-3, we turned up at 2, most of the tables in the bar... More 

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CarmellaRed, Manager at The Red Lion at Pendoylan, responded to this review

I can only apologise that on this occassion, it took a bit of time to get you to a table. I know that yesterday the staff were a little stretched as our sous chef was off work, I replaced him in the kitchen, rather that being out front, and we took before you, far more covers than we had expected... More 

South Wales, UK
Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Have visited Red Lion for lunch on several occasions with my husband but yesterday visited with a friend for lunch using Living Social voucher. Food as usual was excellent. Staff friendly and nothing is too much trouble. Seating in the restaurant is good and seats are comfortable but the one thing we found yesterday, we were cold! It did not... More 

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Cardiff
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110 reviews 110 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We were here for a family birthday and everyone enjoyed their lunch. There was a good choice of roasts and I had a mixture of beef, lamb and pork which was really good. The range of vegetables was very good and very nicely cooked, and nice gravy. Deserts were good and there was a decent selection of wines. Service was... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We visited the pub for my birthday meal and were given a lovely cheery welcome. The service was great, and the waitress was well informed about all the dishes. We had a small issue in that 2 of the party ordered gammon and the waitress came back out to tell us they weren't happy with the quality of the meat... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Pendoylan, Cardiff CF71 7UJ, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Southern Wales  >  Cardiff
  • Phone Number: +44 1446 760690

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 31
  • Cuisine: European, British

Description

A sympathetically refurbished and well presented stone built country pub, serving modern British and European cuisine; traditional dishes coupled with inventive flavour combinations, that change with the seasons, and the very best of local produce. Delicious food, modestly priced.

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