The Golden Lion

4.6
74 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
Top tags:
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
Historic Village Inn set in the heart of Magor village. We have a warm welcome waiting for you. Savour local real ales at the bar, slurp fine wine on a wooden pew or just watch the world go around you in our lounge bar. In our Restaurant, expect just great food. This is food passionately cooked fresh for you from locally sourced, fresh ingredients. From farm and garden to plate. A specials board will showcase one off dishes for your enjoyment. We look forward to welcoming you.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, British, Seafood
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Hours of Operation
Vegan Menu:
Tuesday - Saturday : 12.00 PM - 9.00 PM

Lunch:
Monday - Saturday : 12.00 PM - 3.45 PM
Sunday : 12.00 PM - 4.45 PM

Early Diners:
Monday - Saturday : 4.00 PM - 5.45 PM

Dinner :
Monday - Thursday : 6.00 PM - 8.45 PM
Friday - Saturday : 6.00 PM - 9.30 PM
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Phone number
01633 880312
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Area
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Parking Details
Easy Car Parking in Village on street or free car park just 150 yards away. No street time restrictions.
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Entertainment
Every Saturday night at 20:30, the stage is given to talented musicians who make Saturday night at The Golden Lion special.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine
What 74 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.8
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on 17 June 2018

Lovely food, setting, staff added to all the extra details included because it was Fathers Day, made it a fabulous dining experience

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5.0Dined on 6 June 2018

The Golden Lion is our local pub and we eat there fairly regularly the food and service is always excellent

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4.0Dined on 27 May 2018

We received a very friendly welcome and enjoyed a lovely Sunday lunch ( the lamb and cheesy leeks were especially good )
Thank you to all

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4.0Dined on 3 April 2018

The whole experience was very enjoyable. The food was excellent, the service was friendly and efficient, the dining area is cosy and the ambience of the pub is very welcoming.

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4.0Dined on 16 March 2018

This is a lovely pub restaurant in a quiet little town. They boast a really decent vegan menu - the cottage pie was amazing and then the rice pudding was elevated beyond a home cooking staple by the presentation and the extras. My meat eating (difficult to impress) friend was also very pleased with her choices. My only comments in terms of improvement would be that some research into the vegan wine options would be very much appreciated, and also that at the end of the meal we would have appreciated more time to sit and chat without being brought the book then asked every 2 minutes if we would like to pay now (maybe we looked like likely suspects for a dine and dash?!). Overall we really enjoyed our evening with you, and will be back.

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4.0Dined on 20 February 2018

A friendly greeting when we arrived. The restaurant was not too busy so we were led to our table immediately. Our starters arrived after a short wait. My wife had the Pork & Pistachio Terrine. She felt that the terrine was a little bland and there was not enough toast but she loved the Red Onion Marmalade. I had the Crispy Calamari and it was cooked to perfection. For our main courses my wife had the Nasi Goreng and she raved over it. I settled for the BBQ Blade of Beef and was not disappointed. Overall it was an excellent way to celebrate our 20th Anniversary.

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5.0Dined on 13 February 2018

Exceptionally good food and great value for money. For me the blade of beef was tender, beautifully presented and the taste was fantastic, I could not fault it.

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5.0Dined on 1 February 2018

The Golden Lion never disappoints and the atmosphere is great. Excellent service and the food is incredible!

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5.0Dined on 27 January 2018

Have eaten here with freinds several times and always enjoyed good food, wine and great service, lovely place to eat - we will be back

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4.0Dined on 28 December 2017

Visited over Christmas with friends and was pleased with all aspects of our lunch. Food was great quality and good sized portions.

I would recommend this restaurant

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5.0Dined on 23 December 2017

We all thoughly enjoyed our meals and we will definitely be returning very soon. The food was excellent. Thank you.

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3.0Dined on 22 December 2017

Disappointed at the lack of choice considering the extensive menu options they have in the restaurant. When we arrived at our table we were told we could only order from the one one menu. Either the four of us could order from the Xmas Menu or the normal bar/dinner menu. Nowhere prior to the booking was this mentioned to us; only when we arrived at our table. Considering we choose this restaurant because our party consisted of an 89 year old (very plain eater), a dairy free son and two adults (try anything); We thought we could order what we actually wanted; not the case! We really could not understand this policy as the restaurant was fairly empty for our booking at 7pm.
As this was my wife’s birthday celebration she choose the Xmas Vegan Menu as it made life easier for our son. Unfortunately this only left one real choice for our mother; the very large cottage pie ( she left most of it as it just wasn’t to her taste).
Overall we were disappointed with the night. The vegan menu was quite nice for the three of us but no good to our 89 year old. The inflexibility of the menu options was bonkers and we couldn’t understand why we couldn’t just eat and order what we wanted. The meal for the four of us cost £150 with drinks but we felt short changed as we know had we been able to order from the dinner menu we would have had a far better evening. We felt the most stupid issue was that had we been able to order from all of the menus we would have spent a lot more than the £150 so this menu policy is just crazy.
Had we known how inflexible this restaurant was going to be we would have booked elsewhere but as you only find out when you get seated at your table it’s very misleading.
We have always felt that the Golden Lion is one of the best places to eat it the area but on this occasion we have left feeling disappointed because of a silly menu policy.

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5.0Dined on 15 December 2017

Excellent food, service and value for money. Look forward to my next meal here.

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4.0Dined on 25 November 2017

Arrived early and waited in the bar area for while. Service was excellent - just about the right length of time between courses. Very pleasant staff and good choice of food. The food was very well presented with the exception of the Golden Lion sundae which did not compare with the standard of the other food. Fairly expensive but well worth it. We would definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on 25 November 2017

We meet friends who live in Bristol here for lunch a few times a year and the welcome,service and food are always good.

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5.0Dined on 14 November 2017

I’ve never given 5* for a review before. I had high expectations after watching Dion two years in a row at the Newport food festival and having tasters of food he prepared in front of us as an audience.
This year they gave out a voucher, so an excuse to visit!
I went for date night with my partner, a fairly local pub for us.
As we approached the bar we were greeted and seen to, drinks in hand we made our way to comfy sofas to wait. Its didnt seem like waiting, we were able to enjoy our drinks in a relaxed, warm atmosphere with the buzz of other peoples concersation in the background. Given a menu to ponder, our orders were taken whilst still in the sofa.
A few moments later we were seen to our rable, coats taken for us and met with our starter.
Plentiful bread and olives platter to start with oils and butter. Shortly after our mains arrived, blade of beef with the poshest but tastiest mash ever with a gravy to leave you wanting more. And a steak with proper chips and tasty side sauce.
The portions were generous and we we did not feel rushed, nor asked about our food whilst with a mouth full (which always seems to happen). Ambience thoughout was lovely and the decor refreshing. Final check - the toilets, modern, clean and freshen up toiletries for the women which was a lovely touch.
We left wanting to return, possibly sooner rather than later to try out the desserts and other tempting dishes.
Thank you to the staff, two men and a women that served us you’re a credit the team and kitchen staff it goes with out saying you’re in the right job!
I would recommend this place for food to anyone!

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5.0Dined on 11 November 2017

Outstanding meal and excellent service all in a great location.

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4.0Dined on 27 October 2017

Staff very good, the food was pretty good but one of us thought the fish was too dry. On learning of this complaint management came out and offered us all a drink, that was very kind but not necessary. We shall return.

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5.0Dined on 3 October 2017

Had our friends birthday party and meal here. Staff were lovely, very attentive and friendly. They allowed us space whilst we chatted but were always available when we needed drinks or were ready for our next course. Would highly recommend .

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5.0Dined on 26 September 2017

Food was fantastic, service was great, portions were very generous and pleasing on the eye.

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5.0Dined on 23 September 2017

Fabulous place with great food and great service. Will definitely come again

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3.0Dined on 23 September 2017

The service was friendly but slow. The beer was OK but the food was below par. I had the chef's favourite so was expecting something outstanding but unfortunately not. My partners chips tasted "old".....I guess re-heated. The overall location and decor was good and toilets clean but I expected more from the food.

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5.0Dined on 25 August 2017

Fantastic lovely staff great food and so much of it lovely garden area with play area really enjoyed it from my 78 year old Nan to my 2 year old son

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5.0Dined on 30 July 2017

The food was absolutely delicious. The staff are very attentive and the ambience is great. A great lace for catching up with dear friends.

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5.0Dined on 19 July 2017

Great service and wonderful food cooked by Head Chef Dion 👍🏼

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5.0Dined on 9 July 2017

OutstandIng pub in every way! Will definitely be going back!

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5.0Dined on 25 June 2017

Best pub food in this area, without a doubt. Have been a few times now and have never been disappointed. The staff are very friendly and attentive, without being over-the-top. It is a little expensive, but as the saying goes - you get what you pay for!

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5.0Dined on 17 June 2017

Good food and geat service in a pleasant setting. I was surprised it wasn't much busier as we were almost the only diners.

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2017

Our evening meal was a totally enjoyable experience. My wife loved it I loved it. Great food and great service.

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2017

Fantastic place. The food was incredible and the service was just as good. The staff were very friendly and happy to give advice on our food choices. Would definitely go back!

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4.0Dined on 6 May 2017

Service was very good; Food was very good but presentation was not as good as the food tasted.

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5.0Dined on 20 April 2017

The food was excellent, and the service was good. The pub is set in a quaint little square.

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5.0Dined on 8 April 2017

Absolutely stubbing venue, we loved it! The food was amazing and the staff were super friendly. We would 100% recommend this place to friends.

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4.0Dined on 25 March 2017

We visited the Golden Lion for a pre-Mothers day lunch. The staff were very courteous and helpful, even getting a bulldog clip from behind the bar for my Mum to clip her napkin to her collar to stop it slipping down!
Our food was mostly excellent, the only issue being the Nasi Goreng was way too salty - so much so that neither Mum nor I could eat it all. I did bring it to the attention of the staff who apologised and offered to replace it, which was good. The desserts were awesome.
Overall, an excellent place to visit for lunch or dinner, good value for money too.

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2017

Always a great meal here, food outstanding, staff and ambiance amazing.
Very friendly great atmosphere very welcoming

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2017

Very good food good choice and very good service, well worth a visit.
Very good vegan menu

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5.0Dined on 7 March 2017

The manager asked the chef to come and discuss the various options for our meal as my wife is a diabetic and allergic to gluten. The meals we had were of excellent quality and quantity and beautifully presented. An evening to enjoy.

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5.0Dined on 17 February 2017

We had an amazing meal and excellent service. the beef, chicken and prawn with rice dish was extra special. Compliments to the chef. the sweets were also delicious

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4.0Dined on 4 February 2017

Great food and attentive friendly staff, there was a fair bit of background noise and the artificial greenery was attacking my hair, but overall a good experience and I would definitely recommend and go again.

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4.0Dined on 3 February 2017

A real'find' in this locality. Delightful staff and a good -but not extensive range of food, excellently prepared and served.
Only down side was that the restaurant is small and the tables a little cramped .

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