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“A GREAT PUB” 5 of 5 stars
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Blakey Ridge, Kirkbymoorside YO62 7LQ, England   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Staithes, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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“A GREAT PUB”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Have been to this pub quite a few times. Always enjoying whatever meal we choose on the day. Have taken family and friends and always receive a warm welcome. The food is fresh, tasty and very well cooked. We will be visiting THE LION 3 or 4 times a year.

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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Porpoise Spit Oz
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

The location of The Lion Inn is just magical, perched high up on those desolate moors. It reminded me of Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor. We arrived in a thick fog and to step inside this warm friendly establishment after our most arduous day's walking along the Coast to Coast was a real treat. The inn is quite large but seems to remain cosy at the same time.

Our room was in what appeared to be a newish annex attached to the rear of the property. New decorated with a welcoming bath. As this was the most expensive room along our C2C trek I had expected something special. So was a little disappointed in a small room with a tiny ‘double’ bed. I am only 5’ 10’’ and had my feet hanging off the end. The mattress was also none too comfortable.

Should I have also been surprised, given its location, that the staff are not orientated towards walkers? I asked if there facilities to dry our wet gear and was looked at in a bemused fashion. We ended up drying the gear in our room on the radiators etc.

Later that evening we had a meal in the restaurant. Now that was something to write home about. Definitely one of the best pub meals we had during our stay in England, both for quantity and quality. We were both very impressed. The beer was also excellent.

Make the Lion Inn a stop on your C2C just make a few allowances.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

I've driven past, walked past, eaten at and drank beer at the Lion Inn so many times - it has the perfect location, wild and hidden yet large and well-used at the same time. It feels like a homely welcoming house like out of a Tolkien journey. I finally stayed in August, walking up from Kirkbymoorside and just in time before the doors shut and (just as important) they stopped serving. I got that easygoing yorkshire welcome at the door - 'now then'. And it was the best night's sleep I've earnt in ages, and to wake up there and set up north over the moors was so perfect. Big packed lunches!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brotton, United Kingdom
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231 helpful votes 231 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Visited here on the 2nd November 2013 just before 12.00pm after a trip to Pickering.
The open fire was welcoming and after ordering our drinks we placed our order at the bar. My father had the special fish dish with vegetables and my mother and I ordered the homemade mince and vegetable pie.
All cooked perfectly, very hot, portions sizes amble and staff pleasant.
Excellent choice of menu, something for everyone - didn't order pudding as we were all too full!
Will visit again - however I think we went at the right time as the carpark and pub was full when we left.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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146 reviews 146 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 75 cities Reviews in 75 cities
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Brilliant. This is a large remote busy pub. It had several surprises for us:
1. Our room and bathroom were very smart, clean, comfortable and modern.
2. The pub and individual dining areas seemed to go on for ever.
3. The food was well above average.
4. It was warm and cosy.
5. Staff were great.
6. It never felt busy or crowded.

This was one of our favourites on the Coast to Coast that Packhorse had booked for us. We'd had our doubts as there is a captive market for C to C'ers and sometimes a large pub/hotel does not always have the charm of a good B&B. The food was really good and to a high standard - I had a really good steak cooked with the fat on for flavour as it should be and cooked pink to bloody exactly as ordered.

Staff were really helpful and friendly despite attending to so many customers. We would not hesitate to come back here again if in the area for food and/or accommodation and would not hesitate to recommend it to others. Look out for the photo near the hotel reception of The Lion when it is really snowy!

Thank you to all at The Lion, Blakey Ridge for all your hard work in making our stay so very pleasant.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Doncaster
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

We had previously visited the lion inn during walks and had only had drinks there. But we were impressed with the atmosphere and location and very much wanted to stay overnight and get the full experience. Whilst the room was lovely, room 11 and the selection of real ales was very good, the food was shocking! My partner had breaded garlic mushrooms for starters which were so over fried she couldn't get her fork into them. For mains we both had chefs own beef curry which was unlike any curry we had seen or tasted before and had the consistency of dog food! Yet even this was surpassed by the dreadful excuse for a breakfast which we were asked for our order at 8.45 am and didn't receive it til 09.20 and on its arrival we found two full English breakfasts so dried out they were like cardboard! In addition the sausages must have come from farmfoods as they were so cheap they were total junk. This was by far and away the worst breakfast experience we have ever had!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We walked to the Lion Inn from Clay Bank, and for the last half hour could see the building standing lone on Blakey Ridge. There was a group of Jensen's in the parking lot, testifying to the Inn's appeal to a far ranging clientele. The pub area is cozy, but one needs to watch one's head due to the low lintels. The food was wonderful.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Lion Inn

Address: Blakey Ridge, Kirkbymoorside YO62 7LQ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Kirkbymoorside
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Kirkbymoorside
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
The Lion Hotel Kirkbymoorside
The Lion Inn Kirkbymoorside, Yorkshire - North Yorkshire

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