The Black Lion - Long Melford

4.2
106 reviews
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Gastro Pub
Top tags:
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Lunch
  • Good for a Date
Welcome to The Black Lion

he Black Lion is a place to eat, drink, sleep and relax. It features roaring log fires in the bar, the 40 cover restaurant and the warm and cosy drawing room. The new conservatory is the perfect space for private dinner parties, business meetings or cocktail parties - it leads onto the large terrace perfect for al fresco dining.

We look forward to serving you soon.

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Sun - Thu 12:00PM - 12:30PM 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Fri - Sat 6:30PM - 6:30PM 8:15PM - 9:00PM

What 106 People Are Saying
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P
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The service by the staff was very good, the food was average and the place was ok

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JC
Essex
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, attentive staff and lovely building. Will definitely be returning.

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TT
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our first visit to the Black Lion since it changed ownership. We booked a table easily online, deciding Sunday lunch was a safe bet! Service was excellent throughout and the menu had an interesting range of choices.
All three courses were outstanding in terms of presentation, portion size (just right) and taste (delicious!). Special mention for the pear dessert, which was unexpectedly amazing. We will be back!

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TM
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed another fantastic evening here. The food and wine was fantastic and all at a good price. Our waiter was excellent and his recommendations were great. I only wish I could remember his name as his happy demeanour was infectious. Would thoroughly recommend and we will be returning.

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A
Essex
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We cannot fault this restaurant, it is outstanding in every way. The service is impeccable, the food is fresh, well cooked and well presented. The restaurant ambience is just right, with tables spread apart nicely. Will definitely return and recommend to others.

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I
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good overall, slightly disappointed that is a different menu on a Sunday evening to normal a la carte but should have checked this myself prior.

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PS
London
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice hotel, great location and excellent food and service.....highly recommended!

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AR
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have to say that we thought this was the best restaurant meal we have had for some time.
It is currently the best in Long Melford, and probably within a five mile radius.
Also great value for money.

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SG
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our experience here brightened up a miserable wet day. We were warmly greeted and taken to our table straight away in a cosy dining room. We ordered Sunday lunch: the roast pork was beautiful, but I would have preferred the beef ‘medium’ rather than ‘rare’. However, it still tasted delicious, even though there was too much fat on it for my liking! Yorkshire puddings and vegetables that accompanied the meat were delicious. Desserts were fantastic. We all agreed Sticky Toffee Pudding was superb and my son enjoyed the cheese board. Service was excellent and we all agreed it would be worth visiting again.

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RC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Mother's Day lunch. Great food and wonderful service.

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RH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Warm friendly good food great service lovely location would recommend

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RS
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were at The Black Lion for Saturday lunch. The food was very good and all 4 of us enjoyed it. Everybody was very friendly and the Service was good enough although not quite as good as on previous occasions, one member of staff wasn't dressed particularly smartly which was a pity. We have been to The Black Lion several times and would recommend it.

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JG
London
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great time. Stayed in the grand luxury suite for my bday. Room was lovely and food was great. The staff were all warm and welcoming. Highly recomnd eating and staying here.

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MP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff so helpful and friendly. Food good. Nice touch with the Happy Anniversary iced plate and brownie - thank you!

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FF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Perfect atmosphere for a lunch with friends. Lovely food; beautifully presented. Male staff very friendly and our lunch experience was only let down by a miserable waitress.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow what a great place. Great setting, absolutely delicious supper, I had the roast cauliflower and steak.... just perfect. Welcoming staff, lovely atmosphere in the dining room. Will definitely go again.

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JE
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal at the Black Lion. Very helpful staff and excellent food.

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PV
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Sadly the Sunday lunch food was very underwhelming. The service ranged from excellent at times to awful. The dining room we were in needed a little TLC with torn wallpaper in places and the front step was damaged and an accident waiting to happen
Only one choice for vegetarians and come on Chef, mushroom risotto? Surely you can be more imaginative than that.
We opted for the 2 course menu and I must say the fish and chips was excellent, sadly the roast beef wasn't. Cold Yorkshire pudding, succulent beef but pretty tasteless, whole baby carrots with the black stem still in place, roast potatoes that tasted as if they had been kept warm for a long time and bland watery gravy.
We both opted for the bread and butter pudding for desert, one of our favourites. Maybe our taste, but no crispy buttery top, just a small slab of stodgy, but quite tasty pudding. I wonder if the custard was on top to hide the fact that it lacked the crispy top and it appeared just reheated? When I say reheated it was just warm, again this may be a personal taste but a hot desert should be hot.
Sadly although a fan of the Chestnut brand I'm afraid we won't be rushing back here for a Sunday lunch here.

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FT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed another lovely lunch at the Black Lion! It has become a regular venue. We were very well looked after; the food was delicious and well presented. Situated in beautiful Long Melford! What's not to like!

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JC
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Sunday lunch good food shame the service was light touch without much interaction. Waiter came to take our order but didn’t know what the soup of the day was. We were not asked how our food was. We had to signal to someone to get extra gravy. A little more attention and dialogue would be more welcoming.

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JE
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Staff were lovely and good service. Food was beautifully presented and tasted great. Best meal I have had out for quite a while. I definitely recommend The Black Lion.

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RD
Essex
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very very good. Food and service was fantastic, couldn’t of asked for better. Will definitely be returning.

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K
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The vegetarian main dish was tiny, more like a starter, and I had to eat again after I left - a shame because everything else was perfect (and the meat eaters were very happy). Staff were great. A lovely place to have lunch overlooking the green.

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LP
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was wonderful. Lovely atmosphere inside and welcoming staff. We chose the valentines set menu and every course was delicious.
Wine choice was good and well priced, so we found a rose'.
Would definitely recommend to others and will return for another special occasion.

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RH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. An exceptionally good experience.

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CP
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food nice one chefs and service really good as well attentive but not intrusive

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D
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food very nice, but you need side orders if you don’t wish to leave hungry, as veg are just miniature decoration.

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OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Popped in for lunch, love this place for its lovely ambience and consistently good food.

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OT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food

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RF
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Unfortunately the day we visited there were young children from a private school being given a xmas treat.
Out table was close to the internal door that was adjacent to the exterior door. Adults and children just kept leaving both doors open causing an icy blast of cold air. The menu was a special ( 2 or 3 courses for a fixed price) for that period, asked if this was the only menu and was told yes, however, when it came to order the dessert we were given a different menu and then they tried to charge on the new menu which was more expensive. A drinks order was wrong and they had to change one drink. Not impressed with the managements attitude.

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M
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Although the food was very good the service was far too slow. We arrived 30 minutes early for pre dinner drinks before our booked table time of 14.00. The restaurant was very busy with Sunday lunches but we had to ask for the menu after a wait of 40 minutes. Our main course arrived at about 15.45! Even the requested coffees were very slow in being served although many diners had finished their meals by then and left the restaurant.
At no time were sincere apologies made for the delay in service nor any offer of bread or nibbles to keep us going until the kitchen caught up.
Why did this restaurant take so many bookings if they were unable to provide a good service?
Such a shame as the food, when it arrived, was very good but we had lost enthusiasm for the meal so did not have a dessert.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was overall a very good experience however, the food wasn't very hot, also the tables have grooves in them that were full of old food. One of my party is elderly and asked for a small portion but had a huge plate of food which put her off. My roast beef was excellent but not hot. The kids enjoyed their fish and chips. Although the beer is reasonably priced the wine was expensive at £17 for two glasses. The service was excellent and very friendly.

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AL
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food, decent prices. Can’t ask for much more than that

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KW
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Disappointing choices on the menu would not class it as a la carte. What we chose was very nice but I had to ask for an alternative to the menu choices.

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DH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful meal, fantastic food, great service and a lovely venue.

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JP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having visited other chestnut group restaurants I knew what to expect but this is definitely my favourite. The black lion strikes a great balance between high quality food and service and a very nice relaxed and non stuffy ambiance.

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B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great locally sourced food, with a good mix of offerings. Good value and great service. We stayed at the Black lion and ate there for two nights and thoroughly enjoyed both meals and their breakfasts.

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S
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As always good food, service and atmosphere. Staff very polite friendly helpful and attentive. Highly recommended as best eating place in Long Melford.

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LS
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

First time here and really enjoyed ourselves. Short staffed on our Saturday night visit so service was a little slow. This didn’t worry us as the meal still went at a good gentle pace which suited us. Staff did warn us that they were short staff. This was the best thing to do and made a us aware of the situation. No problem. Anyhow, the meal was fab. Mixed meat platter to start which I could have had for main too! Homemade piccalilli was wonderful. Shepherd pie with lovely chunks of tender lamb and mustard mash was very good. Hubby had the pork chop and he really enjoyed it. Guess what! No room for pud but husband had one. Just had to sample it for myself and it was great. Wine selection was excellent with a good price range for everyone. All in all was a great meal, great staff and surroundings lovely. Will recommend this place to anyone.

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ML
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a wonderful experience. The food was exceptional, the staff attentive, friendly, smiley and very thoughtful. We were a table of three exhausted school mums who rarely get a chance to escape 'sans enfants ' - staff were so patient and thoughtful and not at all intrusive . Our plates were polished clean because it was genuinely beautifully cooked comforting delicious food. The ambience is 'oldy worldy' meets stylish stately home with calming lighting , a cosy setting and tables spaced apart well so you only hear your own party's conversation . Our dinner was at half seven and somehow time grew and before we knew it it was past 11pm. I am looking forward to returning and making it a regular haunt. Great value for money too. A total treasure .

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