The White Lion

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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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RC
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

After moving to the local area we are busy trying every pub and restaurant within about 10 miles of home. I picked this one on the basis of reviews as one of the nicer ones in the area. Its a difficult one to review, because so far we have visited about 10 places in the area, and the standards have been very high indeed so this meal is probably nearer the bottom than the top of that list, but that would also do it an injustice. Lovely place, great location, excellent service. Nice and quick, and literally nothing to fault it. Lovely load of Beef on the Sunday Roast, and an enjoyable meal. Based on the local area standing of the pub based on its reviews, I was looking for, and expecting something just a little bit over and above what we had, but please do not let that detract from what was a really good meal.

GS
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant pub to dine in
Food excellent and service great

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The young waitress was excellent. The food on offer gave us lots of choice. Typical wholesome pup food.

D
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food friendly staff. A must if you’re in the area

LD
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We use this pub quite a bit ,love the setting staff always friendly and helpful.

PL
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the 2nd time I've eaten at the White Lion and this visit was just as enjoyable as the previous. The food is excellent and there is a good choice to be had. The service and staff make the visit very pleasant and work very hard to meet your requirements. I would recommend for anyone wishing to go there they book a table in advance.

OT
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and a warm welcome! When we want to go out, this is always the first place that comes to mind!

m
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Few more checks on drink top ups but very good otherwise.

D
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Staff very inhospitable, no rapport with customers, no smiles, friendly welcome or interaction the whole of the time we were there. Probably due to their immaturity and a lack of training in the "hospitality service" . They had no idea of what "good service" meant!! They didn't put themselves out and go the extra mile I felt that their attitude to helping us was obviously below them!!!

Food was mediocre too. lacking anything exciting on the menu.

Overall boring and mundane with second rate food!

Keep away!!!

l
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice country pub worth a visit, nice staff food was good.

RM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I visited on a Saturday. We were after a little village pub and this was perfect with really lovely staff and friendly atmosphere.

We had fish and chips which was really nice, then went on one of the walks alongside the river. It was lovely so we sat in the beer garden but can imagine sitting in the bar area with a roaring fire going in the winter.

Will definitely be going back.

BG
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For of us went for lunch never been before , great pub food at a reasonable price, would go again.

2
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday treat for my Dad, on a Wednesday evening. The food was really tasty, good value & very filling.
This is a lovely country pub & the staff are excellent. A real nice place to venture out to.

L
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice pub.. Good food . Very helpful staff. Nice decor and lovely garden.

D
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
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.

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

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

PS
1 review
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.

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

Super thank you

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

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 .

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

2
London
3 reviews
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.

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

Great food, great service and a warm and friendly apmosphere

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.

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.

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

Good food and service

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

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

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

Good food, good beer, good service, lovely setting

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Good service, excellent meal which was competitively priced.

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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