The White Lion

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£25 and under
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Sunday Lunch
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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Tuesday, 31 December, 2019

What 96 People Are Saying
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LW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another visit to our favourite pub for a Sunday Roast and we were not disappointed! The staff are extremely friendly at the White Lion, and very courteous. The food was exceptional and all four of us enjoyed our Roast Dinners. Thank you, as always!

SR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve just moved into the village so we thought we’d check out the new local - we were more than impressed! The food was delicious and the staff we’re very friendly. Thank you for such a warm welcome.

PB
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Interesting menu with a wide variety of options to suit all tastes and additional Vegan and Dairy Free variations. Service was very efficient and friendly and the food was tasty and plentiful.

KB
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Sunday with a couple of friends. Had a couple of drinks in the bar first. Great atmosphere, lovely real fire. Food was delicious, had 3 courses, all were delicious. A little on the pricey side but really enjoyed it.

MP
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A warm welcome, service was a little slow but the young girl was pleasant, the main course was lovely but the desert was disappointing and not worth the £6,95 we paid. I would recommend though as we had a very pleasant evening.

JG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A birthday celebration tonight: the food was lovely and we were well looked after.

DM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and service in nice surroundings at reasonable prices.

MW
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Small and friendly pub excellent food some dishes might need an extra side added as not enough for people with larger appetites but plenty for me. Good choice of wine and spirits. Quick efficient service staff checking everything ok we felt well looked after even though quite busy. Good ambiance thanks to excellent staff.

G
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great meal, worth travelling for. Great Sunday roast, friendly atmosphere and didn't feel too busy

RC
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant pub to dine in
Food excellent and service great

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

LD
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

PL
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

D
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

D
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PS
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Super thank you

CA
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

K
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TR
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and a warm and friendly apmosphere

SH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service