The Black Lion - Long Melford

4.5
425 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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What 425 People Are Saying
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SusanT
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent service and delicious lunch and the chef cooked a poached egg for us instead of a fried one specified on the menu - all perfect

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TrevorT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding,service was good,will be our main eating place for a treat

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Rufus
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very enjoyable evening, good food, wine and friendly service.
A very pleasant evening.

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PhilippaJ
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent roast beef Sunday lunch - would definitely come back

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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Sunday roast meals I have had….great food,wine,service and the place was buzzing with atmosphere

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JeanD
Essex
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location lovely decoration and the food was excellent. Staff and service first class highly recommended

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TollyS
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a person who is wheat free and vegetarian i felt they really helped and i felt comfortable. The vegetarian food was delicious and we’ll be coming here again.

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SandraD
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Sunday lunch I've had in a long while! Staff were very nice and helpfull.

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Responded on 6 October 2021

Afternoon, We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your Sunday roast and thank you for your comments I will pass this onto our team. We hope to welcome you back soon. Many Thanks Georgie

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AliP
Hungary
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and surroundings and great service, can't wait to go back

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Responded on 6 October 2021

Afternoon, Thank you for your review, we hope to welcome you back soon. Many Thanks Georgie

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LucySR
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely outstanding Sunday lunch! The service was wonderful, food delicious and good variety to select from. We will definitely be returning!

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Responded on 6 October 2021

Afternoon, We are really glad you enjoyed your Sunday lunch and overall experience. We hope to see you again soon. Many Thanks Georgie

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Andy
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and great food. Liked the restaurant and the brilliant Nethergate beer.

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Responded on 6 October 2021

Afternoon, Thank you for your review, we hope to welcome you back soon. Many Thanks Georgie

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Barbara
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Food was excellent but the service was slow. We had two courses, no pre dinner drinks and we were in the restaurant for two hours. My husband had to wait 15 mins for his coffee. The venue was busy but we saw other tables being served quicker than us.
Also parking is difficult on busy nights.

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Responded on 6 October 2021

Afternoon, We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your meal and we apologise for the slow service on this busy evening. We hope to improve this for your next visit. Many Thanks Georgie

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Clarkey21
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, gorgeous setting and excellent service. Thoroughly recommend this place!

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ChristineL
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff very efficient. Clean surroundings and areas. Food always good.

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Responded on 6 October 2021

Afternoon, Thank you for your review, we hope to see you again soon. Many Thanks Georgie

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Gray
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, one of the best Sunday roasts ever and really good service

The Black Lion - Long Melford
Responded on 6 October 2021

Afternoon, Thank you for your review, we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your Sunday roast and we hope to welcome you back soon. Many Thanks Georgie

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its always a pleasant experience at the Black Lion the staff are attentive and helpful the food is a good as any you will get anywhere. The ambience is always lively but not too loud. As with other Chestnut Inns it a place to relax and enjoy.

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Responded on 6 October 2021

Afternoon, Thanks you for your review, we will look forward to welcoming you back soon. Many Thanks Georgie

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Dawn
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit since new owners and wasn't disappointed. Nicely decorated and background music was at the right level so we could hear each other speak. Food was delicious! Great starters, wonderful steak, pork and fish mains. We didn't have a sweet but will definitely try next time. I would recommend anyone to visit.

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Responded on 6 October 2021

Afternoon, Thank you for your review and recommendation, we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Many Thanks Georgie

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HellieB47
Brighton
19 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

36th Wedding Anniversary

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StephenH
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service. All the food on our table was exceptional and I would recommend to all.

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Responded on 6 October 2021

Afternoon, Thank you for your review, we hope to see you again soon. Many Thanks Georgie

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CMandTM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and excellent service, friendly staff

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Responded on 6 October 2021

Afternoon, Thank you for your review, we hope to see you again soon. Many Thanks Georgie

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SusanF
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal with good size potions and very helpful staff.

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Responded on 6 October 2021

Afternoon, Thank you for your review, we hope to se you again soon. Many Thanks Georgie

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LawrenceN
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The location and view were amazing, and this was more than matched by the quality of the food and the staff. Can't wait to go back again!!

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Responded on 6 October 2021

Afternoon, We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your meal and overall experience of the Black Lion. We too can't wait to welcome you back. All the best Georgie

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely gastropub in pretty village in Suffolk/Essex border. Great staff and food was delish

The Black Lion - Long Melford
Responded on 6 October 2021

Afternoon, Thank you for your review, we hope to see you again soon. Many Thanks Georgie

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MercedesE
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Value (Price + Food) Friendly staff team. I will definitely come back.

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Responded on 22 September 2021

Afternoon, Thank you for your review, we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Many Thanks Georgie

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keviny
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent food and service served by very friendly staff, thank you😊

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Responded on 22 September 2021

Afternoon, We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit, you are very welcome. We hope to welcome you back soon. Many Thanks Georgie

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SeastheDay
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely stunning
Will be back next time we're in area.

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Responded on 22 September 2021

Afternoon, Thank you for your kind words, we hope to see you soon. Many Thanks Georgie

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Beadie
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One of the best Chestnuts we have visited recently

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Responded on 22 September 2021

Afternoon, Thank you very much we are glad you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Many Thanks Georgie

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and wonderful place

The Black Lion - Long Melford
Responded on 22 September 2021

Afternoon, Thank you for your review and we hope to see you again soon. Many Thanks Georgie

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NicolaM
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Very tightly packed in with little space between tables, hard to get used to! Terrible service, although friendly just really slow. Food was well below par for the price. Everything on the roast dinner was over cooked. Parsnips we’re inedible after being doused in honey, just disgusting. Very very noisy due to the amount of people and the noise was deafening. No windows open to allow ventilation, too hot and worrying with Covid, had to request to have the door open.

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Wally
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The restaurant was absolutely lovely and the staff very attentive. We were seated at a lopsided table where we were constantly concerned our food/drink would slip. The waitress did point out that the table was broken and that it only happened the night before but this didn’t really make us feel better about the whole experience. We tried to laugh it off but every time we were served the waitress/waiter made a comment but at no point were we offered another table. The food was very nice but the whole experience felt uncomfortable. We are not ones to complain but would of assumed this table would not have been used in this state.

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Responded on 22 September 2021

Afternoon, We are sorry to hear this and it has been duly noted. We hope to welcome you back soon. Many Thanks Georgie

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1westie
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing, good selection on the menu and extremely tasty. Lovely clean restaurant, staff are very friendly and can’t do enough for you. Would definitely recommend and look forward to enjoying more of the same on our next visit

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maxineC
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience1

Lovely surroundings, great staff, good food only wished a specials menu could be offered, visited restaurant several times and the menu remains the same

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Responded on 22 September 2021

Afternoon, Thank you for your review, we hope to see you again soon. Many Thanks Georgie

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Chris688
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very tasty and very well presented. The service was fantastic. Sadly I didn’t catch the name, but a male member of staff was very helpful and remembered our preferences throughout our stay, as we also stayed overnight. Would thoroughly recommend. My only negative, and this is really trying to find one, the ventilation in dining area was non existent, especially as it was a warm evening and with in the aftermath of COVID.

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Responded on 22 September 2021

Afternoon, Thank you for your review, I have passed your praise and feedback onto the team. We hope to welcome you back soon. Many Thanks Georgie

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JanetE
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The menu is good, but my husband struggled for choice on main course.
The wine we ordered was not available so chose an alternative but no one came back to take the order. After 15 minutes we asked the waitress who was serving the next table.
I appreciate this industry has problems at the moment, and overall the experience was good.

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Responded on 22 September 2021

Afternoon, Thank you for your review, we hope to welcome you back again soon. Many Thanks Georgie

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RickyW
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely place to eat, staff great and friendly, food was excellent

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Responded on 22 September 2021

Afternoon, Thank you or your review, we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Many Thanks Georgie

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PatrickP
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Room 9 Suggestions for improvements/refurbishment.
Bettr Lighting. Full Length Mirror in Bedroom.Make window easy to open and shut.
No telephone in bedroom. TV on the blink.
Bathroom fittings need replacement. Shelving required in Bathroom Hand hold to bath/shower.Hook ion door.

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Responded on 22 September 2021

Afternoon, Thank you for your suggestions, I will pass these onto our maintenance team. Many Thanks Georgie

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vipGlenn
Cambridge
21 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely pub in a lovely location. Really beautiful village. Staff very friendly and welcoming and the pub had lots of different seating areas, inside and out.
We were there on a Sunday lunchtime and although the food was nice I'm a bit of a traditionalist and would have preferred gravy rather than a powerful jus on my roast. However, I would go back again as the pub and village are lovely and I'm sure next time all will be well.

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Responded on 22 September 2021

Afternoon, Thank you for your review, we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Many Thanks Georgie

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ZaraT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious roast dinner at The Black Lion, very tasty flavours, just lacking cauliflower cheese!
Lovely setting, friendly staff, no complaints at all, would throughly recommend.

The Black Lion - Long Melford
Responded on 22 September 2021

Afternoon, Thank you for your review, I have passed this onto our chef. Look forward to seeing you again soon. Many Thanks Georgie

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Renee19
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely location, friendly staff and very good food!

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SamP
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great location and really friendly staff! the food was absolutely incredible as were the cocktails we ordered. I would highly recommend the Black Lion, it's unbelievable value for money and fantastic food.

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The Black Lion - Long Melford is rated 4.5 stars by 425 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.