The Golden Lion
This is a lovely pub, with friendly service and excellent food in the middle of a lovely village. We've been here many times and never had a disappointing meal. The staff are great, and the place has a warm and traditional ambience without being old fashioned.
Nice restaurant in a local pub environment. Good selection of choice. Thought the starters were slightly overpriced and quantity was disappointing. The main course was better value for money and of reasonable quality however the meal could have been served at a better temp. There seemed to be a delay in the meal being rung as ready and the serving team getting the meal from the kitchen to the table. Desserts were very good. Overall our bill came to £110 for a table of three. Nice location, good choice of menu but perhaps we thought the quality could have been better achieved on this occasion. We would return.
Loved our meal! Great value for money. Staff friendly and accommodating. Atmosphere warm and inviting. Sunday well spent!
Overall an enjoyable dining experience. There were however a few points which have afforded a deduction from the award of five stars. A side salad was requested without onion, but came with it; a steak was requested 'blue' but was served medium rare and a dessert was requested with custard but came served with ice cream.
It’s been a while since we ate here. We were very impress with the new decor. Service was great from the moment we walked in. They didn’t rush us to our table so we were able to relax in the bar for a drink. The young lady that was our server was polite, not pushy but apologise for the delay. We didn’t feel there was one. They were busy in the restaurant with a huge group so that’s most probably why she felt she should apologise. She knew what was available so when we order three of the same starters she knew straight away there was only two left, normally in our experience you order the food and the waitress would come back to say not available. She made sure through out our stay that we were ok and kept us topped up with drinks. Food was fantastic and good value for money. Told my husband we should make the effort and come here more often.
Food lovely, as only people in restaurant area very awkward and quiet. Confusion over which menu we could order from.
Menu has been updated since my last visit but the food is as good as ever - lovely friendly pub great food - I will be back
The food was nice and the staff were friendly. I think our expectations were quite high because of reviews and that they had to take card details on booking but we had to wait over a hour between courses and it wasn't very busy. The waitress did apologise but only once they brought mains out and just avoided eye contact in between. We still had a nice time and would return.
Fantastic food. Good servicr. Always recommend to friends and family.
Excellent food wine ambience and good service-a lovely night out
We meet with friends from Bristol as it is halfway, and we always have a good time with excellent service and excellent food.They always comment on how comfortable the place is and would not go anywhere else.
Always confident to recommend to friends.Well done to all the staff.
Food was incredibly tasty and there was a wide selection
We found the menus confusing. A two course fixed price and an a la carte. The former had items, which did not feature on the latter. It was odd that we could not choose one item from the fixed price menu and another from the a la carte. All the choices must have been available and it would not have been difficult to price accordingly.
Otherwise, the food was good, well cooked and presented and the service was very attentive.
It was disappointing to have to suffer background music in the bar area, although this is a universal problem. It is quite unnecessary. People visit pubs and restaurants to eat, drink and talk, not to listen to music! Our table was directly under one of the speakers and although we asked for the music to be turned off, we were told it could only be turned down, not off. I doubt the other customers would have objected if they had been asked!
Went for a family meal to try the Sunday lunch & it’s was the best we’ve ever had. Fantastic cut of lamb, beautiful cauliflower cheese & brilliant service, we will definitely be going again.
Professional friendly customer service from the staff. Very nice relaxing atmosphere in the restaurant which was perfect for our occasion. Food was good quality for the price overall but the mixed grill could have been better cuts of meat and bigger portions for the cost. Overall, a lovely pub with a room for everyone and would definitely recommend to family and friends.
Absolutely beautiful venue, and food was second to none. Slightly quieter than normal wondering if Louise will be back soon as she is a big presence in the pub and really holds a good atmosphere while hosting in the pub.
The food was great, but considering the price and service level, I don’t feel it was a good overall experience. The pub is lovely, well decorated and the tables haven’t been set too close to each other. Unfortunately though, it took us a long time to place our drinks order and the bartender seemed inexperienced and it took a great deal of time for our drinks to be ready (coke and pimms, nothing complex - turned out the pimms was just pimms and lemonade). The food came relatively quickly and was well presented and tasty. After finishing our meal it took around 30 minutes for our plates to be cleared at which point we decided to pay and take our chances elsewhere for a dessert. The bill then took another 30 minutes. All in all a great shame as the place has potential to be great. The chef is clearly well skilled but the bar staff weren’t. Must say though that the service at the table was very friendly.
A nice clean, very efficient restaurant serving fantastic food. Staff are very personable and even as a lone diner, i was completely relaxed. Be warned though, they are completely cashless... You must pay by card. My only disappointment...is just another establishment that does not serve New Zealand Sauvignon by the glass. I wish this would change. But that aside, i would definitely eat here again.
Wonderful food. Great atmosphere. Charming location. Definitely worth a stop if you are anywhere near Magor!
Gorgeous food, great value, lovely staff.....a really great evening and will be back!
Although the pub was very quiet on the night my friend and I were there the food and service was excellent,the young girl who attended to us was polite and friendly, the fish and chips we had were absolutely delicious, my husband and I booked here last time we came down from Liverpool , this would be our regular eating place if we lived down here,
First time eating here and will make sure I return. It was really quiet I thought for a Thursday, only 3 tables in. The food was very good, I had lamb and my partner had a steak, which he said was cooked perfectly.
The decor is really clean, and modern, I love the sink in the ladies loo.
My only slight moan is I like my dinner on a plate and it came in a bowl, it's really hard to balance your cutlery on a bowl.
Staff were friendly too.
Nice country pub. Friendly & welcoming staff. Although the lunchtime menu was limited, the food was good.
Will go again when I'm next in the area.
Overall very good, starters 1st class, mains very good. Sweet menu all very similar and sadly limited, however overall a very pleasant experience.
Excellent food and service. The first time we tried the Golden Lion we will be back
Phenomenal place, excellent food and great value, wonderful atmosphere
Food was pretty good but the service was a bit shaky. Our mains appeared simultaneously with our starter being cleared away.
Has a lovely meal with family. Great service matched by the quality of the food. Would highly recommend.
Absolutely fantastic food and service. Even with the set menu for valentines they offered alternative vegan dishes. Could not have been better night.
Service and food amazing will definitely be back next time with family
Two of our party were vegan and they thought the menu and food excellent. I could easily have eaten what they had and I’m not vegan. Our food was also excellent.
Excellent food,and a great warm cosy place. Staff excellent. Our group of 7 had a great time Beowulf highly recommend.
We have visited this restaurant before and found it to be a pleasurable experience. We have always been impressed with the separate vegetarian/vegan options. However, on this most recent visit, it seemed as though we had stumbled upon a different place. On arrival I informed staff that we had booked a table. We were told to go and pick a table, so there was no specific one reserved. The menu did have a vegetarian/menu but not as extensive or as interesting as before. My starter of hummus was not the smooth & silky delight I had been expecting but was more like chunky mashed chick peas . Two of the main courses - sweet potato burger and a lion burger were OK, but nothing special. My main of marinaded portobello mushrooms was so overpoweringly flavoured with ginger that I only managed to eat a third of it. The predominant flavour of the seafood risotto was cheese. The clearing of the table was quite sloppy, napkins, cutlery and food were not cleared away before the dessert course. My ice cream again was nothing special and was unnecessarily decorated with what I thought were inedible silver balls. I didn't want to risk a dental accident by trying them.
The most disappointing aspect of the evening was the fact that it was a special occasion. I had spoken to a young man on the phone to arrange a different start time and had told him that we would be celebrating our wedding anniversary and my husband's 70th birthday. In the event, no mention was made of it at all. I was not expecting any complimentary items but a mention of the occasion would not have gone amiss.
I cannot understand the dramatic change in the service and standard since our last visit. A very underwhelming experience which we shall not be in a hurry to repeat. Such a shame.
When I arrived was informed I was too early to be taken to my table ( it was actually empty).
Was advised to take a seat and waiter would come and take our drink order - waited half and hour and he did not arrive. Approached a waitress and was shown to table straightaway. The food and service was good, plenty of choice on the menu.
Had a meal here quite a few times now and never been disappointed by any aspect
On of the loveliest pubs I’ve come across. Absolutely delicious food, lovely setting, an absolute gem of a place.
Went for my mum’s 80th birthday. A lovely little pub with a fantastic atmosphere. The staff who served us (Eleanor & Andrea) were delightful, they couldn’t do enough for us. The portions are a good size and the food is delicious. We’ll definitely be back.
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Really nice food, great service and very friendly staff. Pub in the front was cosy and atmospheric and the tables in the restaurant were nicely placed, clean and not too noisy. Recommend.
We had a lovely meal for our mum’s birthday. The golden lion catered especially for our little 2 year old granddaughter with a plain simple meal (I did ask in advance but they were very helpful). The staff very friendly and warm, the food was creative tasty attractively presented. It was quite busy so it was a little slow to arrive but worth the wait.
The staff were fantastic here this evening. Very accommodating to get a table sorted in a very busy bar area as we had a dog with us. Food delayed as extremely busy but that was not an issue at all. Real lovely feel to venue, food was excellent! Deffo will return and very soon. Thanks very much guys, great night had.
The Golden Lion is rated 4.6 stars by 120 OpenTable diners.
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