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Golden Lion

Dunston Road, Hartlepool, England
01429 867100
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Ranked #34 of 148 Restaurants in Hartlepool
Price range: $11 - $34
Cuisines: Steakhouse, British, Pub, Tea Room
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Golden Lion has the largest thatched roof in the north of England with working open coal fires and bespoke oak furniture. We pride ourselves with friendly staff and fresh food cooked on site by our talented chefs, no ready made meals here! Independantly owned by a family from the town we are a freehold business stocking real ale, an extensive single malt collection and fine wines as well as your usual draught products. We are open from 9am Monday to Saturday serving breakfast, lunch and dinner then from 11am Sundays serving our traditional roasts 12 til 6pm. (Some might say we serve the best coffee in the town, or even the north east!)The current climate hasn't seemed to effect us as we are getting busier week by week from opening in 2005. It is great to see new and old faces each day and are looking forward to opening our function room soon.
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English first
Hartlepool, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Thought we'd try the Golden Lion as we'd heard only good things. We arrived too late for the 2 courses for £12.95 (ended at 6.30pm) so we chose off the main menu. The choice isnt too bad but we found the prices were higher than usual for pub grub in Hartlepool. We had calves liver which came with mash and... More

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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Having not been for a while, me and my friends had a really enjoyable lunch the other day, steak ciabatta which was perfect. This place never disappoints. Its is more expensive than other places to eat in Hartlepool but the standard is great as well as the other clientele. Always a lovely atmosphere.

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2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The homemade soup is delicious and the homemade chocolate or biscuit you get with tea and coffee are a lovely touch which makes it my favourite venue for a drink with a friend. The staff are very helpful providing extra hot water/sweeteners/milk/chocolate instead of biscuit or ordering soup before lunchtime etc. I've never made a request they refused and I... More

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Hartlepool, England, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We were there last night in their new huge room upstairs for a family wedding. Well, all I can say is "wow". The staff were fantastic, they went out of their way to make sure everyone had a good time, especially the bride and groom. The food was so gorgeous, one of our party was vegan and the food she... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

It's always a nice place to meet friends for a drink. The food quality is amazing, although occasionally the service is a little slow. Sunday evening is great for the pub quiz.

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7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I love the atmosphere in here and the al a creme is beautiful! Also have a good selection for vegetarians. Staff are always friendly and warm welcoming. Always on my top 3 places to go for something to eat.

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York, United Kingdom
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20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We decided to try the Golden Lion for a family meal out as we live fairly close by & had heard good things. When we arrived myself & my boyfriend ordered drinks as my sister & her boyfriend were running about an hour late. After around 45 minutes we decided to get some olives & garlic bread as we were... More

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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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31 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

What can you say about the Golden Lion (also known as the "Aldi Arms") - nothing really, everything is simply average, nothing more nothing less. The food is not bad but its a long way from being able to describe it as good apart from the chips which are quite nice. I had pate for starters which wasn't homemade, my... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

Four adults and two children enjoyed a mix of meals from the menu and the specials board. The staff were really attentive and recommended dishes from the menu. We had a lovely evening and stayed much longer than planned.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We've just enjoyed a great meal this afternoon before I go away to work. Really good service and atmosphere. The Belly Pork was amazing and my wife had Salmon and Haddock Fish Cakes. They were first rate. We both had the lemon cheese cake dessert from the specials board. We'll be back.

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