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“A good honest roast”

The Golden Lion Inn & Lakeside Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 63 Restaurants in Redruth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $33
Cuisines: European, International, Gastropub
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A good honest roast”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Having read many positive reviews and having received recommendations from friends, I visited here with my mum for a Sunday lunch at Easter.

We'd pre-booked a table in the pub area, mainly because we prefer the atmosphere of a pub rather than the formality of a restaurant - after all that's what pubs are about. True to his word, the manager had booked us a lovely little table by one of the many fires - a welcome glow to the dreadful outdoor conditions!

On first impressions, this is no 'chocolate-box' country pub, but the variety of fireside nooks and crannies added to the old pub feel and we were glad we'd chosen to eat in the bar area rather than the restaurant.

To our minds, there is a vast difference between 'olde worldy' and 'old-fashioned' and sadly the dining-room rather lacks in any style evolution since the 1980's! It is distinctly dated, which is such a shame as it has a beautiful view of the lake and countryside. This could be such an amazing space in which to dine and I hope that some much needed refurbishment is on the cards.

The staff couldn't have been nicer and accommodated all our needs and quirks, from extra custard to gravy 'on the side' and an extra Yorkshire Pudding.

Wine list demonstrated good taste and we chose well, mum having a lovely NZ Savuvignon Blanc and me a robust Rioja.

Most importantly, the food was good, well-presented and the portion size offered value for money. However £13.95 for just a main course roast was a tad too steep. Lots of roast potatoes which are my favourites and lovely tender meat - both the lamb and beef.

We would return and request table No 1 for two to three people which is near the bar and a fire. If we'd been dining as a large family party we fancied the look of table 23 which is just at the entrance to the restaurant but benefits from a traditional settle and adequate space. However we would never in its current state of decoration choose the restaurant.

  • Visited March 2013
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john g, Owner at The Golden Lion Inn & Lakeside Restaurant, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Thank you for your review. We agree with your opinion of the confit of duck and now offer it with a spicy plum chutney
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English first
Falmouth, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Much too hit and miss.”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

Some parts of this pub I love, others I hate. The 'pub' part, by the open fire, is superb - exactly what a pub should be like. Warm and welcoming. The restaurant part however is very dated and a bit depressing. They could do so much to improve this area, and it deserves to be updated, given its beautiful location and outlook onto the gardens.

I ordered the duck with red cabbage and mash. All 3 elements were cooked very well, but there was absolutely no sauce to bring it all together so it was like eating 3 separate things that just happened to share a plate. It was very dry without a sauce and rather boring.

I ordered the crumble for pud. At first sight it looked far too runny and my hopes were low. And yes it was runny ( a tiny bit of thickener wouldn't have gone amiss) but the taste was sensational. Too little crumble mixture in my opinion but I forgive them that as the fruit part was superb with lovely al dente chunks of fruit and a great depth of flavour. What I can't forgive them for though was the terrible - truly terrible - cinnamon custard. It may well have been home made but it was as thin as water and as tasteless. Worse: a sprinkle of cinnamon had been dusted over the top which did absolutely nothing to enhance it. It looked awful and it tasted worse. Making proper custard is not difficult.

This pub could be so much better than it is. I've been 3 or 4 times now over the years and the trouble is some bits are really good, which you tend to remember and is why you return, but it is let down by the bits that are really bad. I think after this latest visit it is unlikely we would return.

  • Visited March 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Best roast we have found!”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

We found this pub whilst staying at 'The Little White Alice' (fantastic place to stay as an aside!!!) who advertise it in the accommodation. We only live half an hour away but won the stay at a charity auction.

We went there for lunch whilst walking around the lake and passed comment that we were thinking of coming for dinner but it was a real shame they had taken the beef Wellington off the menu that was advertised in 'The Little White Alice'. The waitress went away and came back 5 minutes later and said if you would like that tonight the chef will do it for you? We couldn't believe it... Completely the best service when we hadn't even asked if we could have it, she just went and asked for us!

The following day, a Sunday, we walked again to the pub and tried the roast. Fantastic is the only word to use for it and great value for money.

Since then and as we only live half an hour away we have been back about three times and each time loved it! Our two spaniels have loved the left overs as well! It's great for us that we can have them in the bar whilst we eat before a walk.

We are sorry to say chaps... today won't be the last you see of us!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank L G
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Eaten here a few times and the food is amazing. The prices are a little high but worth it. The menu has a lot of choice and the children menu is ideal. We love to walk the dog after around the reservoir. You can also use the taste card which makes it better value if dining during the week.

Visited March 2013
Thank NattyODP
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Always welcoming, great food”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

We use this pub / restaurant regularly. We are always warmly welcomed, whether we are the only visitors because it is snowing outside and we've walked, or whether it's the middle of summer and much busier.
The food is fantastic, with a good balance of regular menu items and specials. Our favourites include the sweet and sour chicken (honestly is amazing!!!) and the baked Alaska.

Visited February 2013
Thank EJKC2013
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