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“our fantastic village pub”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of White Lion Inn

White Lion Inn
Ranked #14 of 122 Restaurants in Matlock
Price range: $6 - $24
Cuisines: Steakhouse, British, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The White Lion, a Great genuinely unique traditional British Pub, Great food and ales, real fires. Pedigree, Cumberland and and at least 3 other guests weekly, Carlsberg and the new craft lager Revisionist. Food served 5.30 to 8.30. Tues to Friday and 12 To 9 Saturday,12 to 7 Sunday
Matlock, United Kingdom
1 review
“our fantastic village pub”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2014

arrived back from holiday on sat, decided a good steak was needed, went to white lion, had a fantastic ribeye steak done just the way I like it. so tender melt in your mouth, if you want a fab steak this is the pub to go to. my fella had the hunters chicken which was also delicious! great friendly staff, so lucky to have this great pub on our doorstep.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank jib50
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English first
Matlock, United Kingdom
1 review
“Superb !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2014

Having just returned from an early evening drink with my wife and family at the superbly located White Lion in Starkholmes in glorious sunshine enjoying fantastic views, I felt compelled to put a comment on this forum.
Basically superbly run, with welcoming hosts providing a fantastic atmosphere. We had a family gathering of 18 people a few weeks ago and we all ate at here as a group and the food was fantastic across the board. I was prepared for the meals to arrive in "batches" as I appreciated 18 people in one go in a country pub would be a challenge, but no, everything arrived together, no fuss and no problem, and beautifully cooked - my gammon steak was one of the best I've ever had, and the "brown home cooked" chips complemented the gammon and egg perfectly, far better than the usual mass market frozen chips you'll get in most pubs/eateries. Every single one of the group went away happy.
Keep it up guys, looking forward to the next visit.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Gary C
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Matlock, United Kingdom
1 review
“A big family thank you”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2014

A huge thank you to Chris and Spence for organising the wake for the sad departure of our father. My family and friends traveled from Oxford and Nottingham to attend the funeral and the wake back in my home village of Starkholmes. Everyone commented on how beautiful the pub was and it's awesome setting overlooking the dales and Matlock bath. It was the perfect way to celebrate my fathers life in the sunshine with sensitive, kind staff and a supportive atmosphere. A special thank you to Spence and his team in the kitchen for the wonderful food, everyone said they enjoyed every mouthful. Thank you both from Steve, Rhys and all my family

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Rhys G
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London, United Kingdom
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“Very relaxed; very friendly”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2014

We stopped there after a hike, and the meal was filling, well cooked and very tasty. It's a friendly place, with a pleasant interior - traditional in style, without being old fashioned. Definitely worth a visit - even if it's only for drinks!

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank MrandMrsD2011
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Matlock, United Kingdom
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“A friendly village pub that also does really good food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2014

This is a traditional family pub in a village on the edge of Matlock, with spectacular views over Matlock Bath (a great place to watch the Venetian Nights fireworks!). They know how to keep and serve beer, and always have one or more interesting guest beers on tap. The lunch and evening menus are shortish but interesting. For somewhere which doesn't pretend to be a restaurant or a gastropub, just an honest-to-goodness village pub, their meals are excellent, and their snacks are just as good. I had the spicy chicken burger today - a solid tasty piece of chicken in a bun with chips and salad - but have also had their beef burgers (excellent value and quality) and the unusual crab-and-lobster burgers. All superb. The full meals are also very good, especially the steak! The service can't be faulted - friendly and efficient even at their busiest times. Just don't try to compare it with the 'true' restaurants in these listings - it's just a pub, but one where you can eat (and drink) very well. If you want nouvelle cuisine or silver service this isn't the place for you, but if you want a friendly place to relax with a good meal and a pint, with the family and the dog, this is the place.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Steve-geologist
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