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The Lion Inn

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Main Road, Boreham, Chelmsford CM3 3JA, England
01245 394900
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Whether you are with us for lunch or dinner, we provide a friendly...
Whether you are with us for lunch or dinner, we provide a friendly, vibrant atmosphere amongst very eclectic surroundings.
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  • 51
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Consistently good

Always busy and for good reason, good food at a reasonable price served by enthusiastic staff in a buzzing atmosphere.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
John B
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Remember when this was the Red Lion of some years ago, bit run down then. We went there some 5-6 years ago after it had morphed into the Lion Inn, having been told it was very good . Personally my partner & I found it underwhelming to say the least. Ordering the food was strange and did not fit the... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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38 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Always busy and for good reason, good food at a reasonable price served by enthusiastic staff in a buzzing atmosphere.

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I visited with my wife and in-laws Sunday at around half six. The place was almost full but we were seated immediately. The staff were all friendly and the service prompt, yes you have to go up and order your starters and main yourself but this wasn't an issue for us. We ordered three starters, a round of drinks, four... More 

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The restaurant had been recommended to us so we expected great things and we werent dissapointed! We arrived to an already packed restaurant but were seated immediately, we had a hard time deciding what to eat as everything that came out of the kitchen looked amazing. We did eventually decide and the food was fantastic the belly pork was to... More 

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Kidderminster
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53 reviews 53 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We needed a comfortable and not too noisy room for our parents 60th wedding anniversary celebration and were delighted with the function room just off the restaurant reception where we were given menu choices to suit all ages and appetites, a friendly table layout to allow all guests to see one another, serving of all meals by 3 or 4... More 

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Hubby & I were coming home from shopping in Chelmsford and called In on the off chance of a snack. We wondered if they were still serving food as it was 3:00pm but the young lady who greeted us said they served all day. The Lion Inn had been highly recommended but I was advised that you couldn't book a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We fancied popping out on a whim on Saturday night, so this no reservation restaurant was perfect. We arrived at 6 as we know how popular this place is. Car park was already busy, but we were seated immediately. Had a huge difficulty choosing what to order as every time we saw something leave the kitchen we wanted that. Everything... More 

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Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
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13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We went here for a cheeky afternoon drink a couple of months ago, while we was there we was so Impressed we thought we'd come for meal, So last night we came and was blown away with the improvements to the place. But down to the food, I was stuck on what to order as the menu had so many... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Wherever he goes Spin Thompson's first priorities are quality and service and The Lion Inn has this in spades!! Been lucky enough to dine regularly at all of Spin's restaurants - but it has been a while since I visited The Lion Inn. Not surprised - just delighted to find a buzzing restaurant packed to the gunwales with people having... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I often dine here, it's just the most perfect resturant. The food is just amazing and tastes even better! The staff are very welcoming and friendly. A little most cost than maybe ur average resturant but trust me this is no average place!! A little more expensive because it's that little bit more extra special! The atmosphere inside is very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Main Road, Boreham, Chelmsford CM3 3JA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Chelmsford
  • Phone Number: 01245 394900

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 23 - 45
  • Cuisine: Gastropub

Description

Whether you are with us for lunch or dinner, we provide a friendly, vibrant atmosphere amongst very eclectic surroundings.

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