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The Golden Lion

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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10 Fore Street, Port Isaac PL29 3RB, England
+44 1208 880336
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Our evening started off well, one of the bar staff was very helpful and friendly he was from North Yorkshire. We ordered our food which arrived and all was ok. The pasta was hard on the outside and not cooked. We sent it back and the member of staff came back and said the Chef said that's how it comes.... More 

Thank daniel-dean1978
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had been before so knew the chips were frozen but. Had fish and chips for two. Everything was great but the chips were so over cooked they were unedible. The fish was fantastic and if the chips were fresh, better cooked this would be a 5 star review. The staff were great about it when I brought it to their... More 

Thank Scot H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Friendly bar staff, well-kept ales, small but very tasty lunch menu, and unbeatable view of Port Isaac harbour from the terrace. Would definitely return.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Isle of Portland, United Kingdom
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the Golden Lion twice for coffee while in the area - both times we sat on the balcony as it affords lovely views of the harbour and of course, Doc Martin's house. Service was excellent and the atmosphere friendly. A must do if you are a fan of the Doc Martin series!

1 Thank Jenny K
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited for a welcome drink after wandering round Doc Martin places. Staff and locals very friendly and very cosy with open fire.

Thank gilldstourbridge
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lindsay and a great young gentleman looked after us this evening with the best fish and chips ever and local Cornish pale ale and great service. Highly recommend.

Thank Sam J
Ipswich, Australia
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I visited twice for evening meals while staying in Port Isaac. Staff was friendly, service was prompt and meals were well presented and tasty. Rooms were small and chairs weren't really comfortable but it is a smallish local.

Thank MayBeeBaby
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97 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How many time do you need to do something before it becomes a tradition? For the fourth year running we phoned The Golden Lion to book a table on the first night of our week’s holiday in Port Isaac. The phone was answered promptly but sadly they were completing the finishing touches after a fortnight of redecorating and were not... More 

Thank Jim S
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85 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After fantastic reviews by family members about the food I just couldn't wait!! Ordered whale fish & chips. Well I would not describe my cod as whale size. Given that you are offered 3 sizes on the menu, I world happily state my whale cod was actually very average! Yes. The chips were overlooked so unfortunately the whole thing was... More 

Thank RobSallisProkopiou
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in for the first time after visiting Port Issac for the past four years! A terrific welcome! Warm friendly and a lovely wood fire burning, keeping us warm from the biting wind outside! Our dogs were welcome and a water bowl and a biscuit was provided! Definitely will be returning! Thank you!

Thank Dixie4470

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Scenic view, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10 Fore Street, Port Isaac PL29 3RB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  Port Isaac
  • Phone Number: +44 1208 880336

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?