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The Red Lion Bonvilston, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan
The Red Lion Bonvilston, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan
The Red Lion Bonvilston, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan
The Red Lion Bonvilston, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan
The Red Lion Bonvilston, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan

The Red Lion Bonvilston

4.5
4.5
117 Reviews
£25 and under
British
ENJOY A WARM WELCOME
Located on the A48 in Bonvilston. Our pub is full of history established in 1784, Our traditional country pub has been recently refurbished giving it a lovely modern feel.

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2 people

19:00


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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, Mediterranean
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed, Thu 12:00–15:00 Wed, Thu 17:00–23:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–19:00
  • Phone number
    01446 781208
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Evan
  • Area
    Bonvilston
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, Wine

What 117 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Wales

    Neighbourhood gem

117 Reviews
  1. BethanB

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was really tasty. Cosy environment with the fire going. Very traditional pub and would return

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  2. DanielD

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ten out of ten lovely people and friendly environment definitely go back

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  3. KarenB

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service as always 👌. Not going to be the same without Pete 😪😪

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  4. CatherineC

    South Wales

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, great staff and lovely all around. Thank you

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  5. AngeG

    Berkshire

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely welcome and when seated we were asked for drinks then menus offered with a lovely choice and not just Sunday lunch options. Our table had Sunday lunch plus lamb shank with cauliflower cheese as an extra and our plates were practically licked clean. It was stunning and tasted like proper home cooked food. Fabulous desserts followed and we were absolutely stuffed but very happy..

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  6. Jwill

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food, very cosy, lovely atmosphere and the staff were very friendly and helpful.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Sunday lunch as always! Thanks Pete & The Team

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Warm cosy pub, with a lovely welcome. Good selection on menu and absolutely delicious food. Portions very generous and fantastic value for money. The best Sunday lunch we’ve had in a long time. Would highly recommend.

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  9. Sian

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and a warm welcome. Nice atmosphere.

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  10. JaneL

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food. Excellent and welcoming service and a wonderful atmosphere. I would definitely recommend the Red Lion.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice, but a little overcooked for me. Had the beef Sunday lunch.

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  12. MichelleD

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food extremely kind staff and lovely and cosy on a wintry day with log fires burning

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  13. PaulG

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First class service and excellent food. The perfect Sunday lunch!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous Sunday lunch, veggie options superb too. Good value and lovely atmosphere. Definitely worth a visit for a relaxed tasty experience.

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  15. Janice

    South Wales

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Well worth a visit, had a lovely meal. Others I was with thoroughly enjoyed theirs. Will definitely be visiting gain.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, great service, wonderful pub! Highly recommend. Pete and his team are first class.

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  17. PhilB

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was nice but was very disappointed to have coleslaw on my plate when I told the server that I couldn’t eat dairy as I was intolerant. They put normal coleslaw on my plate even though I told them I couldn’t eat it. We were not offered any more drinks and not asked if we wanted dessert.

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  18. Tracey

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    This place is a lovely pub but unfortunately this time the food was not the best. The man serving was lovely but bless him he didn’t have a clue. My friend asked for pink gin and lemonade he brought the gin and separate huge glass of lemonade I just felt he needed a bit of training. The food wasn’t the best fish and chips really greasy, curry was terrible, tiny portion for the cost and the poppadom was swimming in oil. The coating on the southern fried burger was soggy and slid off. I’ve been here a few times and it was just disappointing for just under £300 I’m not sure if they have a new chef but definitely need improvements.

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  19. MaryR

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good menu of delicious food served with a smile and polite staff.

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  20. LouiseS

    South Wales

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The food we had was pleasant enough but the pub itself was really poor. Staff were unhelpful. The table was very cramped, having booked a table for 4 and were placed on a table suitable for 2. Tables were so close together that when the table Behind dropped a glass it was left all around our table and our feet. The worst experience was however the overwhelming smell of dog. I appreciate a dog friendly pub having a dog myself. However dogs were allowed to just roam around the pub and were not kept by the owners. Even the landlords dog kept jumping up on our legs as we were eating our meal. This was not a pleasant visit and we certainly wouldn’t return.

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  21. HelenW

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff were amazing, rhe food was stunning, only 1 small issue, my order of food was missed, and arrived when everyone has finished there's, but was so diluse it didn't really matter

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  22. HelenL

    South Wales

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the fifth time I have eaten here and it remains very good. They were busy when we arrived so we were not greeted and left standing at the bar for 5 minutes but once we were at our table everything was very good. The food was very well presented and hot. My party all had different options from the menu and everyone enjoyed it. There was a singer/saxophonist playing which added to the atmosphere.

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  23. DebbieL

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely home cooked food in a lovely setting, we all enjoyed our meal

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  24. DeborahK

    South Wales

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Limited choice but tasty food/presentation ..very noisy as small space with 3 burly men propping up the bar when there isnt real space in such a small environment ..

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  25. PaulF

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another wonderful visit. Our waitress was very friendly, helpful and informative without being too over bearing. Food was excellent as always. Thank you.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Service bit slow asked for the Sunday roast to gravy on the side, the dinner came with gravy all over it, had actually had a table booked for Tuesday which was confirmed, I noticed on their website they closed on a Monday and Tuesday I rang and said I couldn’t have possibly booked, which I had and had confirmation. Poor

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely Sunday lunch, excellent service top marks all around, will definitely be returning.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice menu and lovely place. Will definitely be back here

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic over all experience. The food was great and felt very relaxed from the moment we stepped foot through the door.

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  30. AnnaC

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I took my Dad here for his birthday for mid week lunch. Never been before. Food was fantastic and staff amazing - couldn’t do enough for you - it really did make his day Thank you Red Lion!

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  31. Jomary

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely lunch, food was great. Fire lit, very cosy!! Would visit again for sure. Thank you.

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  32. Bee123

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I genuinely love this place. The food and service is always fantastic. Staff are fab. The only reason it lost a star this time is because the roast potatoes were a little bit hard (not sure if they had par boiled long enough before cooking) and there was no meringue in the Eaton Mess. But everything was still super tasty. High recommend.

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  33. ValerieK

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food great service great staff Warm and cosy Very welcoming, a must visit restaurant

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  34. LisaJ

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely stunning Sunday lunch, the beef was so tasty. Would 100% recommend and will definitely be back soon to try more of the menu

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  35. ValerieK

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food, staff and atmosphere. The locals are very friendly and the landlord Peter can’t do enough for you.

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  36. WellyR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous Sunday lunch. Amazing food and lovely service. Always a winner!

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  37. RebeccaL

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely new menu, som le really unusual dishes, coupled with the more traditional. Great service and atmosphere as usual. I had the red mullet fish burger which was very tasty!

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  38. PhilipM

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I've been going to the Red Lion for many years, usually for a drink. Its current incarnation is on the whole positive. Friendly staff, and a new menu in place which was a good balance between traditional and more ambitious choices. My one criticism is about quiz night, which was on the night we went. It was excessively noisy and distracting if like us you want a quiet social evening. I've nothing against quiz nights, and they're obviously great for business, but it could be mentioned somewhere on the website so anyone who wants a quiet night could choose another evening.

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  39. ElinorH

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous atmosphere decorated for Halloween. This was our second visit, food just as delicious as the first time.

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  40. BarrieL

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The whole place was done out in a Halloween theme so was fun even though we weren’t there for that. Lots of fun interacting with the staff, specials were great (I had soup and linguine 👍). We both had 2 courses and two drinks for £53.50, can’t be bad. Thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone.

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FAQs

The Red Lion Bonvilston offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01446 781208.

The Red Lion Bonvilston is rated 4.5 stars by 117 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


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Google Map for The Red Lion Bonvilston

The red Lion, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan CF5 6TR

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Bonvilston
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed, Thu 12:00–15:00 Wed, Thu 17:00–23:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–19:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Evan
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, Wine
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