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Reviewed 2 days ago

Been past the pub quite a few times on the motorbikes, today decided to stop for a coffee and then decided to have lunch. Well our group of four was really impressed with the food, sat outside and had excellent table service. Would highly recommended...this place for beer or lunch. Very friendly, great service an excellent food. We had two scampi’s and two macaroni cheese. All food was excellent. Didn’t book just stopped on the off chance. Would highly recommend The Black Lion.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Stopped here for the first time today as have previously driven past and always fancied stopping and trying it. Sat outside and was greeted very quickly by a very friendly lady who took our drinks order We only opted for chips for a quick bite...to eat but were really impressed by the quality and size of the meals being served to other guests! Lovely afternoon in the sun and was made to feel very welcome by the staff! Will definitely returnMore

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed January 2, 2021

This pub offers an excellent take away service. Food piping hot, ready at the exact time ordered and still hot by the time I arrived home (7 miles). Vegetables cooked to perfection and very generous portions. A rare delight in these Covid restricted times.

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed November 14, 2020

Visited again for lunch last month. Pub was busy but obided with covid restrictions. Socially distant ed tables and good hand sanitising station. Food was excellent and we'll worth the money. Presented well and piping hot. Good friendly service and will use again without a...doubt.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed October 29, 2020 via mobile

We popped in for lunch, not realising that they are offering 50% off all mains on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. So we were pleasantly surprised when we got the bill. We had the most amazing jacket potatoes, light, fluffy middle, crispy on the outside.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 21, 2020 via mobile

Booked here for dinner as we were staying just up the road, social distancing all complied with, traditional pub setting and food traditional too, we had delicious meals and puddings, staff all very friendly too.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 19, 2020 via mobile

Pop in to the Black lion for a drink and then decided to stay for lunch we both had the pork which was very nice lots of meat with some good crackling and a big pile of beg, the Yorkshire puddings where really good. Friendly...staff providing a good service in a very nice pub and all COVID safe we will be backMore

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 13, 2020

We popped in today for lunch to take advantage of the 50% off deal the pub are doing until November Monday to Wednesday. It won't be the last time we eat here as the food we had today was to die for!!! My husband had...the beef stew with dumplings which he said was delicious. I had chicken breast in brandy and mushroom sauce served with new potatoes and vegetables, which again was amazing and really tasty. The veg were cooked to perfection . Just a shame we only had space for a main course as the desserts sounded wonderful. Can't wait to go again. Well worth a visit. The service was relaxed and very friendly. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 2, 2020

This was our first visit to The Black Lion but it won't be our last. We went with friends for lunch and a very good lunch it was. First of all the place is Covid safe. Hand sanitiser was available, the tables were socially distanced...and there is a one-way system in operation. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the food!! There was a very good choice on the menu and it was extremely tasty, well presented and the portion size will satisfy the heartiest appetite. I had gammon and I've never seen a piece of gammon so large. It filled the plate, Excellent value for moneyMore

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 21, 2020 via mobile

After being in Rye which was so busy we came to Appledore to look for the Red Lion which we went to 50 years ago. Great then! Now called the Black Lion. Arrived around 14:50 and found table in sun outside. At first a bit...concerned as me I hand written with scruffy plastic covering. My daughter had wanted fish and chips and my wife joined her. I ordered the steak and Stilton pie. Became even more concerned but meals took ages to come with later customers getting their food before us. Mentioned to staff but no apology and was told it all depends on which meal the chef wants to cook first! So at last the food arrived after about 50/60 minutes. However the food was a game changer. Fish and chips were awesome. Best batter I have ever had. ( yes had had a little taster) Fish perfect (COD). and chips again perfect. Wife and daughter said best ever tasted!!!! My steak pie was very tasty and vegetables again cooked to a high quality. Only slight niggle was gravy slightly salty. All of us were stuffed and saying ‘ very worth the wait’ even if staff at first were somewhat dismissive. Would have been 5 stars if not for initial frustration and gravy. Would definitely eat here again and hope for quicker service.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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June 26, 2019|
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Response from Frances S | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, but they put dog water out in hot weather..
Tommy R
July 4, 2017|
Response from BamboosNorthShields | Reviewed this property |
Sorry - just a quick visit - no clues
November 9, 2016|
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Response from karenwesterhill | Reviewed this property |
I agree with a previous reply that dogs are allowed outside.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5