The Golden Lion

4.6
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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. Please note that we do not accept payment by cash
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Wales
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

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.

RE
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food. Good servicr. Always recommend to friends and family.

SB
Bath
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food wine ambience and good service-a lovely night out

SJ
Wales
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

GF
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredibly tasty and there was a wide selection

f
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

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!

MR
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

R
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

HJ
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

RS
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

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.

VW
Bedfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Great atmosphere. Charming location. Definitely worth a stop if you are anywhere near Magor!

EM
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Gorgeous food, great value, lovely staff.....a really great evening and will be back!

SW
Wales
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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,

JJ
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

CH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

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.

JH
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall very good, starters 1st class, mains very good. Sweet menu all very similar and sadly limited, however overall a very pleasant experience.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The first time we tried the Golden Lion we will be back

LP
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal place, excellent food and great value, wonderful atmosphere

HC
Shropshire
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was pretty good but the service was a bit shaky. Our mains appeared simultaneously with our starter being cleared away.

MG
Bath
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Has a lovely meal with family. Great service matched by the quality of the food. Would highly recommend.

a
Wales
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic food and service. Even with the set menu for valentines they offered alternative vegan dishes. Could not have been better night.

MG
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food amazing will definitely be back next time with family

AP
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

MP
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent food,and a great warm cosy place. Staff excellent. Our group of 7 had a great time Beowulf highly recommend.

BS
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall1food2service2ambience1

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.

G
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

AO
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a meal here quite a few times now and never been disappointed by any aspect

JR
Bath
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On of the loveliest pubs I’ve come across. Absolutely delicious food, lovely setting, an absolute gem of a place.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.
Try the honeycombe baked Alaska 👍👍👍

KD
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

TC
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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.

SD
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JC
Gloucestershire
6 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, but a bit of a wait for table even though booked - was a few big groups in, so I’m sure this was just unlucky timing. Would go again.

CS
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience1

Excellent food and staff very attentive.

The only issue was that we were dining on a Sat night (7.30) and the restaurant was full of noisy children. I really don't mind children being in Restaurants with parents but would have preferred somewhere quieter on Sat evenings. This is not a criticism as I could have asked at time of booking but an observation.

CN
Wales
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and welcome. Excellent menu with vegan and vegetarian options.
Food was beautifully presented and very tasty. Have already booked for next week and will be booking for Xmas as it has a great menu with vegan and vegetarian options.

MA
Wales
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had family Sunday lunch in the Golden Lion last weekend, the food & service was fantastic.
I would highly recommend the Lion - it is our favorite place to go for drinks with friends or food with the family by far.

RP
Wales
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had family visiting and wanted an early dinner as we were taking our 18 month old with us. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals and the staff were also very accommodating with our baby.

We will definitely be coming back!

SW
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Traveled down from Liverpool to visit family and decided this time we had to try The Golden Lion, we were not disappointed our starters,main and dessert were delicious, the young girl who waited on our table was a delight, very friendly and informative,after our meal we went through and sat in the pub part for a couple more drinks, we wanted to tip Katy but when my husband went to pay the bill she was no where in sight which was disappointing for us because she deserved a tip,all in all a lovely night spent in the pub,

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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