We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Golden Lion

Bar, British, Pub
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Dunston Road, Hartlepool TS26 0EN, England
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Open now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 11:30 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

240 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 240: English reviews
Level Contributor
148 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

To be fair, this pub's food was better than average but it wasn't quite very good either. There were plenty of choices on the menu and the service throughout was very good. The food was freshly cooked and portion size was ok. There wasn't really anything wrong with the food but it didn't wow me either. For a Friday evening... More 

Thank Andrea062
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff are very efficient and attentive. Only downside are the toilets which are looking very tired, but hey you don't go to a restaurant to look at the toilets. The Sunday Lunches are spectacular and very popular and if you go after the 12 till 2 rush it's quieter. You have the option of paying 50p for an extra... More 

Thank Kay B
Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited for a quick bite ordered drinks from bar found table lady came to take our order of which we had mussels and the black pudding And mains of fillet steak with a pepper sauce and a bacon and cheese burger Starters where good but when it came to the mains the fillet was cooked medium and not medium rare... More 

Thank Nicbeans1
Hartlepool, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this pub/restaurant with a few friends and was delighted with the pleasant atmosphere of the place and the very helpful staff. We all ordered starters and they were delivered within 15 minutes of ordering and were delicious as was the main course. Everyone enjoyed the evening and commented that they would be back to sample the place again... More 

1 Thank Susan L
Doncaster, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staff were pleasant and helpful. It may take a while for the food to arrive but it is worth the wait. You can certainly tell it is made/cooked fresh to order. All meals arrived at the same time, steak was cooked perfectly. We will go here again when we visit family in Hartlepool.

1 Thank ascott80
Level Contributor
13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

We often go here for a bite to eat as the food is lovely, however, I have noticed that in the past six months or so, the overall standard within the Golden Lion has slipped. The food is still lovely but the price of the meals has increased whilst, I believe, the portion size has decreased. It is not as... More 

4 Thank Her-Maj1
Level Contributor
34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

Had very good meal to not so good meals. Last time I was in I ordered the blue cheese burger. There was so much cheese on it it was terrible and it hadn't melted. My friend burger was lovely. Service was good. I did tell the waitress about the cheese and asked her to tell the chef. She didn't come... More 

Thank LadyKayHartlepool
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

I visited this lovely little pub with my daughter and friend. I found the meals were nice but very over priced for the amount you revived. I'm not greedy but the portions were tiny. The meal also came in drips and drabs. Nice if you are a pensioner.

Thank joannensteve221
Hartlepool, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Quality food, although the Thai green curry was lacking in quantity and a little overpriced, generally good service but the interior lacks atmosphere and is in need of some professional interior design advice. Reasonable prices, may well return again.

Thank DELBOY707
Level Contributor
9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

Friendly staff cosy sitting areas I wasn't keen on the food the potions were small for what you pay and thought it tasted cheap

Thank Paula L

Travelers who viewed Golden Lion also viewed

Hartlepool, County Durham
Hartlepool, County Durham
Hartlepool, County Durham
Hartlepool, County Durham
Hartlepool, County Durham
Hartlepool, County Durham

Been to Golden Lion? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $29
Bar, British, Pub
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
9:30 am - 11:30 pm
9:30 am - 11:30 pm
9:30 am - 11:30 pm
9:30 am - 11:30 pm
9:30 am - 11:30 pm
9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Dunston Road, Hartlepool TS26 0EN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  County Durham  >  Hartlepool
  • Phone Number: 441429867100
The Golden Lion has the largest thatched roof in the north of England with working open coal fires and bespoke oak furniture. We pride ourselves with friendly staff and fresh food cooked on site by our talented chefs, no ready made meals here! Independantly owned by a family from the town we are a freehold business stocking real ale, an extensive single malt collection and fine wines as well as your usual draught products. We are open from 9am Monday to Saturday serving breakfast, lunch and dinner then from 9am Sundays serving breakfast till 11.30am and our traditional roasts 12 til 6pm. (Some might say we serve the best coffee in the town, or even the north east!)The current climate hasn't seemed to effect us as we are getting busier week by week from opening in 2005. It is great to see new and old faces each day! In 2014 we opened The Lion's Den on the first floor, our stylish wedding and event venue. Speak to our event coordinators for more details!

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Golden Lion and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
7 months ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Golden Lion staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?