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Golden Lion

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Steakhouse, British, Pub, Tea Room
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Dunston Road, Hartlepool, England
01429 867100
Today
9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: The Golden Lion has the largest thatched roof in the north of England with...
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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Good for:
Families with children

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 69
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 8
    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
Lovely food

If you're looking for a bite which is a little on the expensive side try here but if you want a great atmosphere... try Tall Ships

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
pantherclub76
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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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154 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Hartlepool, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

If you're looking for a bite which is a little on the expensive side try here but if you want a great atmosphere... try Tall Ships

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Brockton, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We ate here and enjoyed it. It is very quiet. There was a 95th birthday party for a gran with her family while we were there. The food is classic British pub faire. I had the sausage and mash and it was excellent.

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north east
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

First time here and it won't be the last. Arrived at around 3-30 and it wasn't too busy. Ive read other reviews that complained about the service, we found the service extremely good, the guys were very attenative and made us feel welcome.The food was excellent,I would defiantly recommend. One complaint, the Lunch didn't come with mashed potato only roast... More 

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Hartlepool
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Enjoyed Sunday lunch here. Good pub lunch although very busy, glad we booked a table. Food served hot and plentiful, lovely veg cooked just right too.

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3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Yet again a excellent meal with my wife and youngest son. My youngest son on his first visit to the Golden lion said that the steak was one of the best if had eaten. I had salmon witch was excellent value for money.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I have visited the pub a number of times over the past year or so and can say the food is always lovely and good value for money. However the service is always terrible. There are three occasions where I have checked the bill and have had other people's drinks bills added to ours obviously by accident. Once seated it... More 

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hartlepool, united kingdom
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

The only time we ever usually eat in here is very occasionally for Sunday lunch. The Sunday lunches are good and one of the best in town. However, we had friends staying with us recently (one of whom is a VERY fussy eater), and they wanted to go to a local pub for drinks and a meal. I'm not generally... More 

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Ballater
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I have had a few meals at the Golden Lion with colleagues and have always found it very reasonable & fantastic value for your £.. Try the Mussels in Thai Curry sauce - superb!

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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Family meal out before the festivities began. we were squeezed In on a late booking 2 days before. great atmosphere and attentive friendly service with tasty food from a wide ranging menu, saved us a lot of hard work at home.

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

Lunch with hubby, we come here on a regular basis, never have any problems, even when it is busy, staff are attentive, never have to wait long, food is really nice, Thai green chicken curry is my fav at the min, don't be put off by the bad reviews, this is a nice place to eat.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Dunston Road, Hartlepool, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  County Durham  >  Hartlepool
  • Phone Number: 01429 867100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 32
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, British, Pub, Tea Room

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Monday
9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
9:30 am - 11:30 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?