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“Warm, atmospheric restaurant and bar” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Golden Lion

The Golden Lion
6 West End, Osmotherley, Northallerton, England
01609883526
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $14 - $44
Cuisines: Italian, French, English
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Carlton-in-Cleveland, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Warm, atmospheric restaurant and bar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

We regularly come to the Golden Lion for a meal. As always the food is lovely and the atmosphere is fantastic. Read another review saying that "Mr Grumpy" works at the Golden Lion, quite the opposite we would say, Christie epitomises "Mr Happy".

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A perfect lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014 via mobile

I recently visited the Golden Lion for lunch with my husband,after receiving a friendly welcome from Christy and his staff we were shown to a table beside a roaring fire which was welcome as it was a miserable day outside, food was excellent, atmosphere very warm and friendly, bodes well for future visits. Well done!

Visited January 2014
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newcastle upon tyne
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Mr Grumpy works here”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

This was my first visit to Osmotherley and I wont be rushing back. To be fair it was a grey wet day and the village wasn't at its best.
I wouldn't normally have set foot in the Golden Lion because it's exterior is so shabby. It has the appearance of an "ex" pub. Grubby worn paint all very unappealing. I genuinely thought it had closed down.
On entering the bar it was completely devoid of customers. A male barman was there to serve our group of four. I didn't recognise the brand of draught cider on display.
A had the temerity to ask "IS THE CIDER DRY OR SWEET?"
Mr Grumpy Barman answered "IT TASTES SWEET TO ME. IT'S FULL OF SUGAR"
Very helpful indeed.
We then chose to sit at a table close to a warm open fire.
Mr Grumpy piped up "YOU CAN SIT THERE BUT IT'S RESERVED AT 4" (30 minutes) we tried the next table and were met with the same response. Mr Grumpy then sat in a corner and ate his tea.
We managed to find a "free" table with any assistance from him. Remember we were the only people in the bar. Why didn't he simply point to free table? I know the answer. He is one of those people that consider people to be an interruption to their work not realising that without us customers HE wouldn't have a job.
The room itself is dark dingy and unappealing. We read in the press that pubs are closing down all of the time. Maybe the Golden Lion should join them.
There are two other pubs within yards of here Give them a try they can't be as bad as here.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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South Shields, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Check your bill!!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

First time there for a meal, food was excellent. However, was then disappointed to firstly be asked to vacate our table before we had finished our drinks after our meal to make way for the next people. Although surprised to be asked to do this we obliged as after all they had 'fitted us in'. We moved to finish our drinks at another table not for diners, my partner went to pay the bill whilst I finished my drink and luckily checked it as it had another £17 worth of drinks on that we had not ordered or had. Further disappointment to follow as when my partner pointed this out as a genuine mistake and said what we had had, the barman scuttled off to discuss with other staff and 10 minutes of embarrassment later a revised bill was given with what we had actually had! Not much of an apology took place and by then my partner felt quite embarrassed by the whole episode. Paid the bill and have to say we felt like we were doing the walk of shame out of the pub! Shame really cos we were keen to go back with friends/relatives as up until then we had been very impressed!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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32 restaurant reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“First Rate Food....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Have reviewed the work of Christy and his crew before and was not disappointed this last lunchtime visit either. There were 7 of us and out of historic experience 6 had the steaks,which, in our opinion, are the best in North Yorkshire. Unlike earlier reports, here. we had a large bowl of chips of fair size and an equally large bowl of green salad.....

The selection of house desserts continues to be of the highest order and the only difficulty is deciding which.....The Sticky Toffee Pudding comes highly recommended.

Will we be back next year, certainly.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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