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Dunston Road, Hartlepool TS26 0EN, England
441429867100
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9:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Good for: Families with children
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 9am Sundays serving breakfast till 11.30am and 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! In 2014 we opened The Lion's Den on the first floor, our stylish wedding and event venue. Speak to our event coordinators for more details!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Perfect

Lovely food as usual, staff seemed very busy today but food was still outstanding! Love how you can get smaller portions that are perfect for lunch!

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lovely food as usual, staff seemed very busy today but food was still outstanding! Love how you can get smaller portions that are perfect for lunch!

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Thank Crazosl8r
Belfast, United Kingdom
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266 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a mid-morning scone and coffee here on Saturday. Pretty good. The scone was big and hot and the coffee was good. Plenty of jam and cream. Service was a bit slow. Some of the staff were fine - the others (the younger ones) not so interested. Looking at the other diners, food looked fine - not gastropub but decent... More 

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Thank UlsterFryNo1
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40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Food ok been here quite a few times and all I can really say is bit over priced for what you get but some of the food is spot on friendly staff

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Thank Ejjct
County Durham, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We ordered our food and received very little amount of vegetables. we received one piece of broccoli, one piece of cauliflower, three pieces of carrots and cabbage that would have been a portion for one person when there was three of us. I then asked the waiter if they could bring more vegetables out, as I soon realised the people... More 

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Thank alsionh
County Durham, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

miserable, unfriendly and unhelpful waitress.Average quality,overpriced and undersized portions won,t bother with this one again

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2 Thank Barrie H
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came in for the Burns Night menu on Saturday and it was absolutely fantastic. We had 3 generations of our family and there was something for everyone. I Had the Venison Casserole with Venison Croquettes. I loved it. So glad we went. Didn't sample the huge selection of whisky on offer cos I was driving :-(

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1 Thank Fishfavourite
G0ldenLi0n, General Manager at Golden Lion, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback, I was a little concerned as we had a member of staff call in sick and couldn't get cover so was worried we couldn't look after people as I intended. Glad to hear you had a good evening and next year you must get a taxi! Kind regards Victoria More 

Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved it here will be back next Christmas! My lunch wasn't great but the atmosphere was lovely. We really like it here the staff are so lovely and it's a really well maintained and clean place.

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Thank Lh2323
Sunbury, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here while staying at my parents as it was recommended. Massively over rated in my opinion. I had the roast beef Sunday lunch. It was very plain with little flavour and not a lot of it. Looked like it had been cut with a razor blade as well. The veg was cooked well however. The service was slow, in... More 

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Thank Michael L
Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is great food. I was recommended to go here because they have real chefs!! What a difference and table service in a pub!!! Fab liver and awesome gammon. Extensive specials board and a two course meal special at lunchtimes. Lovely pots of tea. Loads of parking, good accessibility. Menu font a bit little for a 96 year old was... More 

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1 Thank emloue
G0ldenLi0n, Manager at Golden Lion, responded to this review

Lovely to hear about your experience with us, the menus were a first draft for opinions from customers and we are looking into changing them again with the company that helped us to design them, as you are not the first to have difficulty in reading them, so rest assured your comments have been taken on board and hopefully your... More 

Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived at the Golden Lion for a family dinner with my brother-in-laws family after it was recommended to us. It is built in the corner of the Aldi carpark in a mock olde worlde style complete with a real thatched roof and looks attractive, but unfortunately lacks a bit of greenery around it being surrounded by paving and tarmac.... More 

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2 Thank TravellingCat2
G0ldenLi0n, Manager at Golden Lion, responded to this review

I can only apologise about the mix up with the cheesecake, I have made your review known to the head chef and he is making sure all chef de parties are aware they should be notifying the waiting staff to advise customers of any changes before sending the desserts out, which should have happened anyway! From the dessert description I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Dunston Road, Hartlepool TS26 0EN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  County Durham  >  Hartlepool
  • Phone Number: 441429867100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 32
  • Cuisine: British, Pub

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 9am Sundays serving breakfast till 11.30am and 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! In 2014 we opened The Lion's Den on the first floor, our stylish wedding and event venue. Speak to our event coordinators for more details!
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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