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“Unimpressed!”
Review of The Golden Lion

The Golden Lion
Ranked #13 of 34 Restaurants in Port Isaac
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Port Isaac after watching the film “Fisherman’s Friends” and popped down to the very famous Golden Lion for a quick drink only to find the doorway blocked by a young lady telling us that the pub was closing - it was 10:15pm and we were totally bewildered as to why they would close with at least an hours drinking time ahead. However we returned the following day at lunchtime, had a pint of local and enjoyed the beautiful views before booking a table for dinner that night which we were really looking forward to.
My sea bass with risotto was decent. The ‘crusty bread’ with my husbands meal was two pieces of bog standard supermarket type white sliced which he was annoyed about. The worst aspect of the evening by far though was the attitude of the staff. We visited just out of season - the pub was busy with mostly local customers and just a couple of tourists and we were certainly made aware of their feelings towards us - indifference verging on open dislike. I waited patiently to get a couple
of pints and was completely ignored in favour of the drunk regulars leaning on the bar. The young man serving just totally avoided eye contact while the girl unbelievably played on her mobile and ignored everyone. We went to the bar twice to receive this lovely service and when we gave up the will to live and stood up to leave, the mobile phone girl ushered us and the other couple to the front door then unceremoniously locked it behind us even though the pub was still full of local residents.
The Golden Lion is the only pub in the village so they have a captive audience and can do what they want. They have a wonderful location and it was great seeing the film settings, but I’d think twice about returning there. A quick drink (ignoring the disdain of the staff and the central London prices) is ok just for the experience, but anyone thinking of eating there would be far better off walking two minutes up the hill for the superb food at the Old School House where they are actually happy to see their visitors.

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank SteveandDiLondon
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My true review , Im fussy, Food was lovely, cooked really nice, fish and chips for me again, but family gad fish pie, burger , lovely atmosphere, lovely staff, especially the young lady who waited on us, we also went for Sunday lunch, great, try it,

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank escapetothechateu
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been staying in Port Issac for the last 3 years. The food is excellent, fresh and hot. The staff are very friendly.
Beer is always cold and an excellent selection of gin!
Locally sourced ingredients for dinner. Cannot go wrong!!!

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Simon443
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Golden Lion is more than just fish and chips but today was (apparently) national fish and chips day so that’s what we had. Locally caught cod (really nice) and a good serving of chips which were cooked well. We also tried a side of prawns cooked two ways which were really delicious.
The pub is located within the picturesque fishing village with views over the harbour. On a nice night I’d have wanted to be sat outside but tonight, with a gale blowing and rain bucketing down outside (summer? really?) we were happy to be warm and cosy inside.
Service was excellent - super fast and the team know their menu and their fish. A good dinner out for the 3 of us.

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank LittleBuddy8
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Booked over the telephone a couple of weeks ago and so glad I did, Port Isaac was completely jammed packed as The Fisherman Friends were playing. Although the table was reserved for a later booking we were not rushed. The food was good and plentiful and at a reasonable price for the location. Staff friendly and attentive.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Thank Jo C
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