The White Lion

4.5
73 reviews
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  • Lunch
  • Casual
  • Worth the Drive
The White Lion is an independent traditional country pub in the beautiful Meon Valley, Hampshire, in the village of Soberton. We have developed a fantastic reputation for delicious locally-sourced food, and popular local Reals Ales from Bowman Brewery in Wallops Wood which is just up the road from us.
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fantastic meal and the place was amazing. This is our first visit to the White Lion and won't be the last.

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M
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service! Great Location! Great Price! Definitely going back!

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PS
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Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice and traditional Pub with 3 Rooms for Accomodation. Excellent Food und very clean rooms. Nice athmosphere in the Pub and verry friendly staff.

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OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Super thank you

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CA
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have eaten at The White Lion on several occasions. Although the food was excellent & we were pleased with our table position-higher level on entry to restaurant, the actual welcome lacked warmth. Also feel there could be another couple of lighter choices available on main courses, rather than a salad-maybe a grilled or poached choice.
The main bar man/manager seemed very serious & didn’t smile-observing staff continuously. Most of otger

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MS
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food good friendly service. Table a little cramped for 4 people but otherwise excellent .

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K
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent country pub food and friendly attentive staff. Good beers and ciders.

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OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly attentive staff in a cosy country pub. Enjoyed a Sunday roast and a pint of doing at. Parking in the surrounding lane. Recommended.

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never been there before but will definitely be returning. Fantastic food and service.

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TR
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Last minute booking as we were visiting the area but great choice, we will be back to the area even if it's only to revisit the pub.

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Y
London
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent pub for a country lunch. Lovely menu but could take a leaf out of Bush at Overton’s menu and offer smaller sized plates of the main courses for those with smaller appetites. They were flexible though and let us have a starter and puddings!

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AS
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice country pub, hidden away in Soberton. Lovely location and very peaceful. Imagine would be very popular on hot sunny days. Friendly staff. Took wife there for a birthday lunch, a little pricey for what it was. Very nice though. Only downside could be lack of parking if busy as no car park. Only a few surrounding places to park. (One local had coned road off outside their house....really) Great little place though.

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London
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A lovely countryside pub. Excellent food & a good selection to choose from. The pub is nicely decorated & has a good outside area. Staff are friendly & helpfull. We'll be going back.

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J
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and a warm and friendly apmosphere

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SH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

a very busy evening which may explain why pie of the day was dry and over cooked otherwise all good.

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A
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Eaten at the White Lion several times....never been disappointed. Would come more regularly but parking is usually a problem.....especially when there is a wheelchair involved. Overall though.....the food is fabulous and the staff friendly and attentive.

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OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service

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G
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Standard pub food, a tad overpriced. Really nice breakfasts though.

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DG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good food, good beer, good service, lovely setting

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Taking order was slow,everyone friendly and polite though. Food lovely,especially the homemade pie!

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SM
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lunchtime, light lunch before a funeral, perfect menu. The fish platter to share was delicious, thank you for good service & a pleasant atmosphere. Shame parking is still limited after 30 years but good the pub lives on.

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

I have never been and went on a recommendation of a friend. We took my parents and we all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The food was extremely delicious, the staff were polite and there was a great atmosphere. We will definitely be back again.

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

I have visited and eaten at the venue on a number of occasions whilst on walks. This time it was a family birthday celebration with two other people who had not been there before and like me they were not disappointed.

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RL
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service , great food and a lovely location. Will be definitely returning through the summer and beyond.

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BL
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service, excellent meal which was competitively priced.

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GC
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We booked for a friendly Sunday lunch and were not disappointed. Great service from appreciative staff, who quickly remedied an unfortunate starter mistake. The wine was excellent and the food was most enjoyable. Would happily return when next in the area. Well done. Thank you so much

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OT
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fish and pies. Especially great chips. Good service and friendly staff. Thoroughly enjoyable lunch.

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PT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old country pub, nice location, food was great, staff very friendly, have booked again

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SQ
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic all round!
A perfect, family run, traditional country pub/restaurant.
Friendly service and very good value for money.
Highly recommended!

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CW
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to The White Lion and hopefully will not be our last.
We were very impressed by the whole set up, the meal was good, the staff were most attentive and after a long morning's walk it was a comfortable and fitting end. Thanks to all concerned.

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LH
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food chips were to die for din,t know what they did with them best we have ever tasted. And the rest was very good as well.

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OT
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took the family for lunch during a dog walk. All drinks and food thoroughly enjoyed. Great atmosphere and lovely staff too. Glad we’ve booked to go back!

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SR
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Went to the white Lyon for Valentine’s Day lunch it was very very quiet but the service and food were first class ,a young man with a beard looked after us with the help of a lovely lady who again could not have been more helpful and attended to all our needs ,
The whole event was first class and a lovely pub in a lovely village we are fairly local and we will certainly be coming back very soon and look forward to more of the same ,
Well done to the whole team ,
Stuart and Karen Richardson , (Lee=on =Solent )

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fab service, very accommodating given we had two small boys (the colouring and crayons were a great touch) . Fairly pricey but the portions were huge. Would probably get one kid’s main for the boys to share next time as they’d never finish - it was a big portion.

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DC
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely Sunday lunch and desert, good quick service and lovely open fires.

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KS
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Lovely country pub. Would recommend this to anyone looking for good food at good value.

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OT
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

Food was nice although mine was served luke warm. Good menu and attentive professional staff. No atmosphere as we were the only ones in there on a Saturday lunchtime. Would be a lovely place to go on a cold evening as real fires throughout.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Enjoyed lunch , good food and service,reasonable prices.

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JS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We booked the Christmas menu for 7. The service was v good and the portions well cooked huge and tasty. 2 of the party were vegan and their food was inventive and also delicious. They were attentive. The desserts were also excellent. I had the white chocolate cheesecake which was lovely and the raspberry and chocolate taste was also well received.

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k
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a quiet evening with friends just before Xmas. The food was good and we all enjoyed ourselves. The bill with tip came to £210 for 6 of us.

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