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“A must...” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The golden Lion

The golden Lion
Ranked #27 of 78 Restaurants in Sidmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, Bar, British, Pub, International
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Penzance, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A must...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

Visited The Golden Lion in Tipton St. John today with my partner and 3 month old son.
Firstly the greeting was warm and friendly from all of the staff, we were taken to a nice table in the family area, which as far as family areas go is very nice also!
I had the smoked trout pate starter which was exceptional. Very simple, homemade, and light to eat.
Followed by the main courses; Braised pheasant for myself and chicken in a creamy leek sauce for my partner which were both also delicious, served with roast potatoes, vegetables and cauliflower cheese.
(If i was going to be incredibly picky the pheasant was perhaps a little dry. However, I generally eat meat very rare so this is definitely more of a preference then a complaint.)
We had a slight mis-hap involving a glass of wine which the waitress accidentally knocked but she dealt so well with it that we were both impressed.
For dessert we shared a creme brûlée which was again very good.

If you are in the area then The Golden Lion is a fantastic spot for lunch.
We will definitely be visiting again soon.
Great Job Guys.

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English first
Gravesend, United Kingdom
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566 reviews
391 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 485 helpful votes
“A proper pub with good ales and good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2013

I was heartened to find that although it is very popular for its food, it remains a proper pub and not transformed into a restaurant with a bar. One bar is dedicated as a restaurant, while the other is a bar (with a good selection of ales) in which to drink but in which you can eat if you choose. To my mind this is the way pubs should be.

The menu is varied and interesting, with a French influence as the owner is French and a chef (I gather that at one time he used to do the cooking, but now is on hand in the bar, greeting, serving and ensuring that people are happy, which he does very efficiently). The lady behind the bar (who I took to be the owners wife) was also welcoming, friendly and efficient.

We ate in the bar area, where a table was quickly laid up for us. The prices are a little above pub average, but then again we found the food to be above average for a pub. The lamb shank was good, in a thick, rich (although slightly salty) gravy, and the pheasant was also excellent. It’s a bit off the beaten track, so would not get much by way of passing trade, so the fact that it was full is a good testament to its standards.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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183 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
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“nice atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2012

went a very busy lunch time, varied menu, efficient staff,
food served quickly and was of a good standard
a good pub with good food and good staff

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Colyton
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“Great atmosphere and really good food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2012

Frankie and Michelle have a great team at the Golden Lion, food continues to be consistently good with friendly service. The steak and ale pie was excellent and arrived very quickly, we've eaten here on numerous occasions and never had a bad meal (shame on this visit we didn't have room for one of their excellent puddings

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Excellent Warming Winter Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

The food has certainly gone up a notch or to since I last visited. Lovely slow cooked pheasant, chunky fish soup whilst a starter could be a main meal in itself. Tasty pudding, good wine and beer. Arrived promptly and hot, service good. Had a peak at the Christmas Menu, which looks very promising and excellent value (needs to be put on the web site though). Everyone seemed to enjoy their food. We will be back!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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