The Golden Lion Tap
The Golden Lion Tap
3.5
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Friday
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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HISTORY The Golden Lion Tap is a real old English pub dating from the 16th century. Many of the original features have been preserved, the building has been sympathetically restored to maintain its heritage, character, history and atmosphere. The entrance to the Bar is light and airy with comfortable seating for dining, drinking or, just watching the world go by. The central bar is a beautiful space which was once a courtyard area and retains many original features whilst the main bar is more modern and contains 2 wide screen t.vs for live sporting events. The staff are dedicated to providing a warm welcome and a relaxing atmosphere whilst maintaining a professional level of service. The Bus depot and the Train station are a short walking distance away and the taxi rank within 20 yards. A separate Clubroom provides a lively venue for the weekends and 2 outside seating areas (1 covered) are available for outside drinking.
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  • Sharne
    Essex, United Kingdom47 contributions
    Great staff, good recommendations, a lovely afternoon sun trap out front
    Stayed in Barnstaple for a few days and stopped by here to have a couple of drinks with some family. Perfect sun trap for the afternoon. Staff were very friendly, and I’m assuming it was the landlord who was having a nice chat with us, recommended a drink and gave us a taster sample. That’s some great customer service! It looks like it would be fun to come to at night, they seem to have tribute band nights, and I even spotted a separate cocktail bar inside. The atmosphere and decor was good, and the pool table was in the perfect place. The toilets could have smelt better, but a deep clean and simple air freshener can fix that.
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 26, 2022
  • Guerrilla Beer Mat
    Birmingham, United Kingdom49 contributions
    I think I need to visit again?
    IThis place looks awesome from outside, really old and interesting, in a prominent part of the town. I was really keen to pop inside and take a look. I must say I was disapointed. It didnt seem to warrant the term tap as I could find no real ale, the front part just looked worn out and then it kind of turned into a nightclub. Listed building heritage pub or tacky fun pub, was'nt sure which. To be honest I was underwhelmed hence my "3" marking. However, before writing this I looked at other reviews and general internet info, and I think I perhaps missed something. I think the ales were at the corner of the bar where the staff were sat around, and I like the sound of the courtyard drinking area that I just didnt find either. So, as my visit was on a winters weekday lunch time, I'm going to give it the benefit of the doubt and I promise to return either on a busy evening, or a nice day when the outside seating comes into play, (whichever comes first). I look forward to being able to rate the old Lion higher.
    So sorry you didn't have the opportunity to appreciate the history of our building. If you di happen to pass this way again ask for nick and he will delight in giving you a guided tour. We look forward to seeing you again.
    Written June 6, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Written March 30, 2022
  • Natalie.C
    1 contribution
    30th Birthday Karaoke
    My friends and I had a great night with a V.I.P decorated table to celebrate my friend's Birthday. We were allowed to hi Jack the karaoke as we had a bus to catch! We had such a laugh.
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 9, 2019
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Lorna
United Kingdom2 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
Nice to find a proper pub in this world of theme pubs and wine bars. Old or young I think this pub has something to offer. Great staff and management and lovely on a sunny day to just sit outside and watch the world go by.
Written June 15, 2020
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Gimmick4Life
United Kingdom277 contributions
Apr 2015 • Solo
Friendly atmosphere with fantastic staff. one of the best pubs in town - always worth a visit. Family friendly and the food it exceptional too!

Cannot say enough about this histoc building either.
Written April 14, 2015
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John J
Redditch, UK38 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
My wife, son and I went to this pub on Saturday evening before going out for a meal. We had visited the pub a couple of times before when visiting our son and had no problems. We have enjoyed the quirky architecture and the local ale,

My wife ordered a cider which was good but my son and I ordered a pint and a half respectively of Old Appledore, a local ale which we had drunk and enjoyed previously at this pub.

As soon as both my son and I tasted the beer we knew that it was off. It had a flat, sour taste with an acidic aftertaste. At this point I should disclose that my son is the President of his university’s craft ale society and is somewhat of a beer expert. My experience is limited to having drunk various real ales in a pub a few times a week, for the last 43 years.

I’m also a former licensing magistrate.

We immediately took the beer back to the bar and told the barman it was off. He proceeded to pull some more beer through the hand pump and poured a small amount into a small glass for us to taste. It tasted no better so we asked for a different beer to replace it.

Imagine my consternation when asked to pay again for the replacement beer because the original beer was off? I told the barman that he was not entitled to charge me for beer that was not fit for human consumption so he called his supervisor , called Josh.

Josh told me that he could not possibly replace the beer free just because the customer didn’t like it. I told him that he simply had to obey the law and either refund me for the undrinkable beer or give me a suitable replacement.

He told me that he would have to ask his manager so went upstairs and came back a few minutes later saying his manager would come down soon. I told him this was not acceptable customer service and quoted the relevant consumer law. He decided to dig in and refused to offer a refund or speak to the manager again.

He then told me that the manager wouldn’t be here for another hour and we would have to wait until she arrived, which was completely unacceptable. Again, I quoted the relevant consumer law and also told him that I was now recording our conversation. His attitude was that there was nothing wrong with the beer but I asked him how he could possibly know that, as he had all along refused to taste the beer.

At this point he just started to lie through his teeth, claiming that it was illegal for anyone serving alcohol to actually drink it. What utter rubbish.

As we had been arguing with him for about 25 minutes and our table was booked in 15 minutes time at another establishment we were left with no alternative but to leave the pub with no refund and no apology. All this time, the replacement beers were standing on the bar, not having been paid for. I wonder if these beers were sold on to another customer or poured away?

As we were leaving the pub I took photos for my review and my written complaint to Trading Standards and the licensing magistrates. By this time Josh was standing outside the pub with another female member of staff who made an extremely rude gesture to us which can be seen in the photo that I have uploaded with this review.

Thank goodness I filmed the whole nasty incident on video for distribution to the media.
Written August 1, 2021
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LizHarry
1 contribution
Sep 2019 • Solo
The ladies at the GLT tonight were welcoming, friendly and so helpful. I won't forget how kind you were to a single, lady traveller. I'll definitely stop in when I'm next in Barnstable.
Written September 6, 2019
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saltsman
Devon48 contributions
May 2017
The catering for our pre-booked coach party of morris dancers was excellent. Food was good, reasonably priced, quickly and efficiently served in their upstairs restaurant area within the time span we had given. Very helpful staff. We hope to use the venue again when we run a similar function.
Written May 21, 2017
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John W
Stafford, UK356 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
We needed a break from walking the streets and shops of Barnstaple.We walked around the corner and followed the rhythm and blues music into the golden lion.A friendly face served us with drink and food to set us on our way.This historical resting place offers a multiple of music with good food and drink to out.
Written May 8, 2017
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TawViewer
North Devon3 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
I’ve been to a few performances here as part of Fringe Theatre Fest. It’s a really friendly venue, good beer and a fab place to hang out after the shows.
Written June 29, 2019
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ginmonkey
bicester, oxfordshire127 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is a great pub with an excellent location. Staff were friendly and helpful and it stocked a good range of ales and ciders
Written June 27, 2019
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Matt R
6 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Needing to kill an hour in Barnstaple, we wandered into the Golden Lion Tap. The interior is adorable, homey, and historic — but the highlight is the staff. We were made to feel welcome immediately by Leanne (I may be misremembering her name — she has short black hair) and Tracie. Leanne showed us around a bit and gave some excellent tips for places to visit in the area. She essentially singlehandedly started our trip to Devon off right. Thank you!! We’ll be back.
Written June 27, 2019
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Tina
Greenhithe, UK2 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
Popped in to use the toilet. Was required to buy something in order to use the facilities, fair enough, but we didn’t want to hang around as we were heading out for the afternoon, so I bought 2 Fruit Shoots to take with us for my sons on the journey.
My sons said the drinks tasted funny, and on inspecting the bottles, I found the expiry date to be Oct 2017! Surely pubs have to do some kind of stock check atleast once a year!
Had to return to the carpark in order to return the drinks for a replacement. The young lady behind the bar was very helpful, the lady who I can only assume is the Land Lady was less so!
Only rated it one star because Trip Advisor doesn’t give you the option to rate it zero!
Written October 30, 2018
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The Golden Lion Tap is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  • Mon - Wed 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Thu - Sat 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM


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