The White Lion

4.6
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121 reviews
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£25 and under
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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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1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly, polite and food was very good, recomend

A
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely evening spent with family. The food and service was great. As it was a Tuesday evening- not too busy which we like! Well looked after by all the staff. Thank you. We will return!

OT
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very nice Sunday Lunch with family.

SM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time at this pub. We had a super meal and the service was exceptional.

HC
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pub, lovely decor, tasty food and friendly service.

MW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good friendly efficient service even though it was very busy.
Good portion sizes and lovely food.

MB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, beer and hospitality!

JL
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, lovely atmosphere, friendly staff and excellent food.

JG
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely meal in front of a woodburning stove, perfect for a very dreary day - Many thanks

SE
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous food and a great pub to go to on a winters night.
The chinky chips are the best I’ve ever had!!

M
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food in such a friendly environment - all clean plates, thanks. We'll be back.

G
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just done a glowing full length review, no pics to add so pressed submit button. NOTHING!! Sorry White Lion but won't repeat only to bomb out again. Suffice to say everything about the lunch from staff service, food quality and timely delivery of meals. All 200%. Gve yourself 5 golden stars from us.

GM
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went to the White Lion on a busy Sunday lunchtime in December 2019 and again on a somewhat quieter Saturday lunchtime the following month. On both occasions the food was excellent, the beer is kept well and the service very good, we will be back!

N
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, comfortable surroundings and good service

N
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely village pub , but parking is a bit difficult. Need to park on a narrow road

SL
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious meal for 6 adults and 2 children on Christmas Eve. Great selection of food for everyone; the beef brisket in particular was outstanding.

P
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had an amazing Christmas lunch, staff was friendly and very attentive. Food was amazing. Would definitely recommend this place.

JW
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the White Lion, lovely ambiance, great food, beautiful setting and friendly regulars and bar staff.

a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The log fire that was the first thing we saw set the scene for an enjoyable visit. The menu was extensive and full of good things which were all beautifully presented and served. It was hard to decide what to go for. In the end two of us chose potato skin starters, the other member of the party had terrine. Our mains were a generous and beautifully cooked beef brisket; clementine and vodka baked salmon with a winter salad - really tasty; mushroom, thyme and red wine ragu. We just had room for pudding - two chose a seasonal pannacotta and the third an apple, blackberry and cinnamon crumble cake. All were delicious and just the right way to end our meal. Tables were quite close together. If we had not enjoyed our neighbours' conversation it could have been a problem.

RJ
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked a table for seven people, ended up with ten people, we were well looked after we all had a very enjoyable lunch.

AL
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, lots of atmosphere and the food is delicious 😋

S
Kent
12 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We stayed at the White Lion for two nights and had two excellent evening meals during our stay. The service was always friendly and the food exceeded expectations.

LC
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The White Lion is very local to where we live. I just love it. It’s a wonderful old pub full of atmosphere and history. The open fire and candles adds to the feel good factor. The wine and beer are decent and the staff are friendly. It’s so good to have a village pub that blends with a rural setting and there’s no sign of a TV thank goodness

SH
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal great location will be going back for sure

HD
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed the food and friendly atmosphere, we are looking forward to returning.

LW
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
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 on 10 November 2019
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
Hampshire
2 reviews
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
Hampshire
2 reviews
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.