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The Black Lion - Long Melford, Long Melford, Suffolk

The Black Lion - Long Melford

4.6
4.6
611 Reviews
£26 to £40
Gastro Pub
Welcome to our 15th Century inn where our modern twist on the traditional creates a wonderful setting to enjoy our food, sample our local ales and explore our wine list.

Time well spent is often accompanied by great food. Our Head Chef, Steve Angier thoughtfully crafts menus with a passion for regional produce while consciously creating dishes to meet our guests varying tastes. From the the plant-based, to the gluten free diets and to the meat-loving - the attention to detail is unchanged.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British

  • Hours of Operation

    Fri–Sun 12:00–21:00 Lunch Fri–Sun 12:00–17:00 Dinner Fri–Sun 17:00–21:00

  • Phone number

    01787 312356

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party contact

    Events: 01787 312356

  • Area

    Sudbury

  • Parking Details

    There are limited parking spaces at the front of the building. If none of these spaces are available, feel free to park on the side road or on the green opposite.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 611 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Notable Wine List

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Romance

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Gastro Pub

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  1. M

    Maas

    Norfolk

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Sunday lunch was lovely but too plentiful. i hate wasting food and less on the plate would have enabled us to have dessert!

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 2 August 2022Maas thank you for your review! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your Sunday lunch at The Black Lion! We hope to see you back again soon so you can enjoy one of our delicious desserts! Best wishes, Kristina

  2. MP

    MicheleP

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good service and the mains were lovely. I had the strawberry pavlova which was amazing. The wine choices were good too

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 2 August 2022MicheleP we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to The Black Lion! We hope to welcome you back again soon. Best wishes, Kristina

  3. AS

    AndrewS

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Music was not suitable for the venue....loud rock music/disco?.....Food was good.....desert of panacotta needed to be removed from fridge as was so cold was relatively tasteless.....

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 2 August 2022AndrewS thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience. We do try to cater for all music tastes and as such we have a varied playlist to accommodate everyone. We do apologise if this was not to your liking though. Thanks again for your feedback. Best wishes, Kristina

  4. CR

    CRLW

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, lovely staff
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food & really attentive staff. We spent hours chatting but never felt rushed

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 2 August 2022Opentable Diner, we really appreciate your positive review and we hope to be of service to you again in the future! Best wishes, Kristina

  6. DG

    DebbieG

    Warwickshire

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    as usual outstanding one of our favourite Sunday roast dinners

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 2 August 2022DebbieG thanks for taking the time to leave us a wonderful review! It is always a pleasure having you both dine with us and we hope to see you again soon for another Sunday lunch. Best wishes, Kristina

  7. i

    ians

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Can't fault. Lovely in every way. Would definitely recommend.

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 2 August 2022IanS thank you for your positive feedback, it is much appreciated! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, Kristina

  8. H

    Herbacious

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Friendly service, lovely staff and very pleasant setting. Overall the food was good. Our two starters where nicely presented but a bit lack lustre in flavour. Burrato with heritage tomatoes - under seasoned and tomatoes rather bland. Tasty serano ham with waldorf salad - salad portion too small and appeared to be undressed. Warldorf traditionally has a light mayonnaise dressing. Mains - mackerel with crab bisque - well cooked and filleted, tasty - new potatoes diced small so rather lost. Burger with blue cheese very tasty and excellent fries. White wine bottle to share - Argentinian Voignier very good.

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 2 August 2022Herbacious many thanks for taking the time to let us know about your experience here at The Black Lion. We do apologise that you weren't entirely satisfied with your starters and have passed your feedback on to the kitchen team to review. We are pleased to hear that our front of house team provided you with a friendly service and we hope to see you back again soon. Best wishes, Kristina

  9. DL

    DanielL

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Steak was well cooked and creatively served with nice accompaniments. All dishes looked very smart. Really relaxed and friendly service. Lovely restaurant ambience, particularly in the garden room. Reasonably priced food and drink.

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 2 August 2022DanielL thank you for your kind review! We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, Kristina

  10. CM

    ColinM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The wonderful surroundings and ambience is equally mirrored by the quality of the food and service. If you haven't yet experienced the Black Lion, I strongly recommend you put upon your list of visits....I can almost guarantee it will not just be a one off but you will return, just as I have and can happily report that the memorable experience was not confined to that first visit. The staff should be commended for their professionalism and friendly approach. Whether it is lunch or an evening meal you are looking for, I highly recommend the Black Lion...wonderfully relaxed and tranquil with a no rush approach, personal attention and terrific food.

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 2 August 2022ColinM thank you for taking the time to leave a review, I have passed your kind words to the rest of the team! We always strive to provide top quality service to every guest, and are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience here at The Black Lion. We're looking forward to your next visit with us. Best wishes, Kristina

  11. DS

    DianneS

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here with friends on Friday lovely food enjoyable relaxed evening will definitely come again.

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 27 July 2022DianneS thank you for your kind words. We are so pleased you had a wonderful experience with us and we hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Kristina

  12. DB

    DavidB

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff, food and drink and accommodation were excellent with a good choice available. Would recommend for a short break or just a meal.

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 18 July 2022DavidB we are delighted to hear you had a wonderful experience at The Black Lion! It was a pleasure having you to stay and we do hope that you will visit again next time you are in the area. Best wishes, Kristina

  13. MO

    MartynO

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely midweek meal for 4. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. We had a young cocker spaniel with us and were made to feel very welcome. Food was lovely, especially the crispy squid starters and the Tosier chocolates as an alternate dessert.

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 18 July 2022MartynO, we're so glad that we were able to go above and beyond your expectations during your visit. Many thanks for taking the time to let us know how we did - hopefully we will see you all again soon! Best wishes, Kristina

  14. CL

    CatL

    Norfolk

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Each dish was delicious and well presented, you know it's good when even desserts have a lot of thought put into them. Goid wine list although not everything was available. Service was great.

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 18 July 2022CatL thank you for your wonderful feedback! We always strive to provide top quality service to every guest, and are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience here at The Black Lion. Best wishes, Kristina

  15. TD

    ToriD

    Norfolk

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a superb meal, five star service and food. Started with some delicious sourdough, followed by the sharing roast..we didn’t have room for pudding! Lovely setting, great ambience. Couldn’t fault it!

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 18 July 2022ToriD many thanks for taking the time to leave us a wonderful review of your experience at The Black Lion! It was a pleasure having you and your family dine with us and we look forward to your next visit! Best wishes, Kristina

  16. ML

    MarkL

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dinner at the Black Lion last Wednesday evening and it was a really great experience. We were staying at the Mill close by and Paul recommended eating here and it was definitely the best meal of our stay. Great friendly service, good choice of beers and wine and really well cooked food. Will definitely visit again.

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 18 July 2022MarkL, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to The Black Lion! Thank you for your high recommendation, we hope to welcome you back again soon. Best wishes, Kristina

  17. M

    Michael

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    StAff lovely, obviously well trained. Big disappointment was food not very hot, we declined to have plates redone, this spoils the occasion. Michael was very good, discussed the issue with us and made a much appreciated offer, though of course would have preferred hot food. Ambience/decor was a little disappointing in the room next to the bar. Re the next page, having only been the once do not feel qualified to recommend any of your suggestions, sorry!

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 18 July 2022Michael thank you for your feedback, we appreciate you taking the time to let us know about your experience. We are saddened to hear that we didn’t meet your expectations on this occasion and apologise for any disappointment this caused. We do hope that you will return to us again in the future. Best wishes, Kristina

  18. DK

    DavidK

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was my fourth visit and the hole experience and high quality of both food and service was a high as ever.

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 18 July 2022DavidK many thanks for your kind review of The Black Lion. We are pleased to have met your expectations and hope to see you return soon. Best wishes, Kristina

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really nice Sunday Roast and very good service. Will return one day, thank you
  20. H

    Hud1

    Norfolk

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice food always slightly different which we like great choice of wine

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 18 July 2022Hud1, thank you for taking the time to leave a review for us at The Black Lion! We are happy we could meet your expectations and look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, Kristina

  21. JL

    JLVC

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely staff, great food, gorgeous setting. 100% recommend

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 18 July 2022Jlvc we are so happy to hear you had such a positive experience with our wonderful front of house team. Thanks for taking the time to let us know about your experience, we really appreciate the feedback! Best wishes, Kristina

  22. GS

    GraceS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely setting for a great meal. We will definitely be back.

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 18 July 2022GraceS, we are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Black Lion! Many thanks for your kind review; we hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Kristina

  23. AW

    AliceW

    Derbyshire

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Probably the best steak I've had for quite some time - beautiful food, lovely drinks and really friendly, helpful staff too!

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 18 July 2022AliceW thank you for your lovely feedback. We always strive to provide top quality food and service to every guest and are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience here at The Black Lion! Best wishes, Kristina

  24. TD

    TerryD

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A fantastic place to eat, the food is as good as anywhere I have eaten before, highly recommended.

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 18 July 2022TerryD thank you for your recommendation of the Black Lion! We are so pleased you had a fantastic meal with us and hope to welcome you back again soon. Best wishes, Kristina

  25. W

    Wiggers

    Essex

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent, friendly service. My third visit and I would definitely go back

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 18 July 2022Wiggers thank you very much for your kind words! It’s always a pleasure having you dine with us and we hope to welcome you back again soon. Best wishes, Kristina

  26. IH

    IngridH

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Staff were very professional and welcoming , food however was very disappointing . Descriptions of the food did not correspond with what appeared at the table. Was all rather bland and colourless with out any accompanying salads or veg. Seemed like chefs were out to cut costs rather than impress!

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 18 July 2022IngridH thanks for taking the time to let us know about your experience. We do apologise if you weren’t offered any side dishes of vegetables/salad when placing your order as we do have a good selection on the menu. Again, thank you for your feedback and we hope to welcome you again in the future. Best wishes, Kristina

  27. PC

    PeterC

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A good selection of food and wine - the roast dinner was excellent a fair sized portion with a good selection of vegetables included. Additional gravy provided when requested. An excellent range of wines to choose from , service was friendly and efficient. Would definitely recommend for a good lunch or dinner.

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 22 June 2022PeterC thank you for your kind review! We are pleased to hear you had an excellent Sunday lunch with us and are grateful for your recommendation. Best wishes, Kristina

  28. PR

    PaulR

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Very attentive staff, food was plentiful and tasty. Only criticism, gravely was very rich. More like a sauce than gravy.

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 22 June 2022PaulR thanks for letting us know how we did! We are sorry to hear that the gravy wasn’t to your taste, but are pleased that you had a wonderful meal despite this. It was a pleasure having you dine with us and we hope to welcome you back again soon. Best wishes, Kristina

  29. VO

    VickyO

    Norfolk

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous meal and a real treat for my dad on Father’s Day

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 22 June 2022VickyO many thanks for taking the time to leave us a kind review. We are so glad you and your dad enjoyed your meal on Father’s Day and hope to welcome you both back soon. Best wishes, Kristina

  30. M

    Mellybobs

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Got a table easily through OpenTable.Initially service was slow being introduced to table but staff were busy so understandable.Food portions and presentation were great and very tasty and good service flourished here onwards.Respect to the young ladies serving us.Menu caters for every taste and is reasonably priced.I will visit again and other establishments under this chain of restaurants

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 22 June 2022Mellybobs thank you for taking the time to let us know how we did! We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Black Lion and hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, Kristina

  31. CH

    CliveH

    Essex

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Quality food with excellent, respectful and polite service. A dog friendly establishment which is great to see.

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 15 June 2022CliveH many thanks for taking the time to leave us a kind review! We are pleased to have met your expectations and hope to welcome you back again soon. Best wishes, Kristina

  32. EH

    EmmaH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Sunday Lunch in the area! Really accomodating with small children and beautiful resturant with courtyard garden.

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 15 June 2022EmmaH we are so pleased that you and your family enjoyed your Sunday lunch here at the Black Lion! Thanks for taking the time to leave us a positive review, have a wonderful day! Best wishes, Kristina

  33. DC

    DavidC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good food and great service. This is our second visit and we'll definitely be back.

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 15 June 2022DavidC many thanks for taking the time to leave a positive review! We look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Best wishes, Kristina

  34. R

    Robzete31

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent evening celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary at the Black Lion. Food & service excellent, varied & inventive menu something for everyone. Would certainly recommend

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 15 June 2022Robzete31 we are so pleased that you had a fabulous evening celebrating your 10th wedding anniversary - congratulations! It was a pleasure to have you dine with us and we hope to see you back again soon. Best wishes, Kristina

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    nige

    Kent

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch! our guests, visitors to the area, reported 'food and service excellent', we could not say more!

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 13 June 2022Nige, many thanks for your kind review! We are so pleased you and your guests enjoyed your lunch at the Black Lion. We look forward to welcoming you all back soon. Best wishes, Kristina

  36. MW

    MarkW

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, great service, food and value, I always choose the Steak sourced from the local butcher. Probably the best steak you are ever likely to eat.

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 13 June 2022MarkW many thanks for your kind review. It was a pleasure having you dine with us and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, Kristina

  37. H

    Hazelnut

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Nice meal but expensive for the size of portion. Waitress kept sniffing which was very off putting when eating. Was glad to finish the meal and leave.
  38. M

    Michael

    Norfolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience3
    We have dined here before, we attended a steak evening which was very good Our lunch yesterday was poor, cool food and not very good flavours.

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 13 June 2022Michael thank you for taking the time to let us know how we did. We apologise that we did not meet your expectations on this occasion and can assure you that is not in keeping with our usual high standards. I have passed your feedback to the kitchen team who will look into this. Best wishes, Kristina

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    darrend

    London

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed Sunday lunch here. Food was excellent, large portions and delicious. Service was really nice. The location and venue are lovely and we will definitely be back.

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 13 June 2022Darrend thank you for your positive review! We always strive to provide top quality service to guests and are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience here at the Black Lion. We look forward to your next visit! Best wishes, Kristina

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely superb all round. Best steak ever! Thanks especially to our charming waitress for making us feel so welcome and our visit so special :-)

    The Black Lion - Long MelfordResponded on 13 June 2022OpenTable Diner thank you for taking the time to leave a review for us at the Black Lion. We are thrilled that you had such a wonderful experience with us and hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Kristina

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The Black Lion - Long Melford is rated 4.6 stars by 611 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for The Black Lion - Long Melford

The Green, Long Melford, Suffolk CO10 9DN

Additional information

  • Area

    Sudbury

  • Hours of Operation

    Fri–Sun 12:00–21:00 Lunch Fri–Sun 12:00–17:00 Dinner Fri–Sun 17:00–21:00

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    There are limited parking spaces at the front of the building. If none of these spaces are available, feel free to park on the side road or on the green opposite.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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