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“Woefully poor service”
Review of The Golden Lion

The Golden Lion
Ranked #7 of 29 Restaurants in Port Isaac
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed October 22, 2012

There is no doubt that on its day this could be a gem of a Cornish pub - well kept real ales, roaring fires and a superb view over the harbour. The standard of the food is OK for pub grub, a little over priced, but what isn't in this tourist hot spot? Shame about the service, something referenced in a previous review concerning the pub running out of beer!!?!
In short - a moderately busy Wednesday evening in mid October, but chronically understaffed in both the bar and kitchen (or possibly just inept, or both...).
Ordered a starter and two main courses. Waited an hour to get food. Main courses arrived before starter got to the table. Chips virtually cold with main course. Peas served with main course after salad requested (barman: "no problem mate that's fine"). Fresh chips declined as fryers had apparently been turned off, only to see another couple receive their meal with chips 2 minutes later. Didn't know whether the key stone cops or pantomime horse were going to be next through the door...
Received money back for starter - short change in the circumstances. Reassured by barman's parting comments that "it would definitely be better if we came again". The most I would trust them with "next time" would be pulling a pint...if they have any beer on.

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1  Thank MatthewJIP74
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Lovelly old pub with great staff. Good food, good beer. We had our 25th wedding anniversary whilst there and Andy went out of his way to make our night special.

Thank Brian H
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

I loved this place, i walked in dogs sat by the fire, stunning view over the harbour, beautiful interior decor. The food was stunning and the ale was washing it all down a treat. I could have sat in here with a pewter tankard and drank the whole day away thinking of days gone by and the history this pub must have. I bet those walls could tell a story or two and i would hapilly sit and listen before having a good old sailors sing song. Brilliant place. Lovely village, would move here tomorrow.

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Thank Milothedog
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

It was busy Saturday lunch time in early October. Port Isaac was full of tourists. We walked in from Portquin and had been recomended this pub. Indeed it has interesting exhibits in the bars, a great location overlooking the harbour and some good beers on offer. Unfortunately, although the food was very good and the service was friendly, the young man serving behind the bar had forgotten to tap new barrels the previous night and we found ourselves in a pub with no beer! When pressed, he sort of apologised, but it is a shame that such a popular pub can suffer from this kind of oversight.

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1  Thank accidentaltourist_8
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

Don't bother going anywhere else for fish and chips in Port Isaac. The Golden's Lion's are the best. Add to that the excellent, friendly and welcoming service and good value and you're onto a winner!

Thank Sandy98UK
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