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“Amazing food fantastic service”
Review of The Golden Lion

The Golden Lion
Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Southwick
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Golden Lion has the honour of being the D Day pub that was used as the unofficial mess during the preparations for D Day at Southwick Park. The lounge was reputedly used by Churchill, Montgomery, Smuts and Eisenhower and the barmaid Edwina that served them has recently died at the age of 100 yrs. We have a small cosy lounge with a roaring log fire in the winter a small restaurant and a further larger bar in which we also serve food. Dogs are welcome in the larger bar and we have a no smoking side garden with tables for summer. Our Head chef Sonny and his team prepare our local seasonal food freshly to order and will cater for funerals, birthdays leaving parties and other gatherings, we have been known to let the whole pub out for some functions dependant on numbers.just ask we will be pleased to discuss any enquiries
Reviewed May 2, 2014

Having lived in Hampshire for over 50 years I had never been in this pub before. it was our 33rd anniversary (30 April) and decided to give it a go. Great atmosphere and history associated with the pub and the village.

The staff were very attentive and had gone that extra mile by dressing the table for our anniversary. The food was amazing, good local produce beautifully cooked and presented. Will definitely be back and recommend to all our family and friends. Thank You...

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Thank Penny B
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janieflo, Owner at The Golden Lion, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2014

Firstly Happy Anniversary to you both and thank you so much for the good review I am so pleased we helped to make the day special for you. Please do come along again and I will pass your lovely comments on to my staff and chefs

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Reviewed April 30, 2014

Recently dined at this pub in the lovely village of Southwick. A really nice pub typical of what you would want in a village. The history dates back to the Second World War and there is memorabilia on the walls to support this. The staff ( and locals ) really made you fell welcome and there was a lovely atmosphere to it.
The food was home made and really well cooked with a choice of locally sourced ingredients, well worth a visit, although I would recommend that you book a table and not just turn up as you may well be disappoint at not being able to eat there

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Thank Hazel W
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janieflo, Owner at The Golden Lion, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2014

Much appreciated review we are so proud of our heritage and although our recent past is D Day and WW2 we have a fireplace in our restaurant that dates back to Tudor times such a thrill being the custodian of such a place. Our food is as local and as fresh as possible and my kitchen chefs work really hard to make it worth dining here. we hope you will visit us again

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Reviewed April 28, 2014

We were welcomed into the Golden Lion by the very friendly landlord. He was very chatty but not too in your face which was lovely. The pub has a really cosy feel, was very clean and tidy and set our beautifully.

The landlord was very particular about his service, he waited to pour my husbands pint until he came in from the car so that it was fresh. This was great!

The food was amazing, fairly priced and excellent quality. You could really tell that it was all freshly made. The landlord told us a bit about the pub which was nice and recommended some dishes which helped us choose from the varied menu.

The choice of food was excellent and the menu was the perfect size.

We arrived at this pub after a walk in the countryside and will definitely return soon.

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Thank Vicky E
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janieflo, Owner at The Golden Lion, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2014

Your review was lovely, and thank you for taking time to write it. Greg tends to waffle on a bit about the pub and village but we love living here and to have a pub with so much history is a nice thing. I will pass your comments on to Sonny and the chefs in the kitchen they will be pleased that their hard work doesn't go unnoticed. Please return if you get the chance.

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Reviewed April 25, 2014

Had a great night out with friends at the Golden Lion. Not to be disappointed it is best to book of a evening especially Saturday night. We were made very welcome by the owners great choice of beers and the food was lovely. The meals are not huge but the quality is excellent.!!!

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Thank Navmannavman2
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janieflo, Owner at The Golden Lion, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2014

Your review is most welcome thank you for the vote of confidence on the food, if you ever order a meal and feel it will not be big enough please ask we can either increase it or add a side hopefully see you again

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Reviewed April 22, 2014 via mobile

After a spring walk we entered the front door of the Golden Lion where we were warmly welcomed by the landlord!! A warm friendly chatty man, we felt very much at home. Great choice of beer and wine, we were offered a taste before buying! The menu is interesting and did not disappoint. Service was not rushed, very friendly and the food really lovely. Proper tasty homemade food, my only criticism was the size of my light bite fritata which was tiny, however really tasty!!! A really lovely pub with great service and even better food. We will be back!!

Thank eagle137
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janieflo, Owner at The Golden Lion, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2014

Thanks for taking time to review us, the frittata is quite small just starter size I'm afraid perhaps we could add something next time a garden salad perhaps just to make it a bit more sturdy for a light bite. I will have a word with chef it may be they cut the portions slightly larger for lunch time, thank you for the observation it all helps and see you again I hope.

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