The Golden Lion

4.6
86 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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
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AO
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JR
Bath
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 👍👍👍

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KD
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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TC
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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SD
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JC
Gloucestershire
5 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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.

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CS
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

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.

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CN
Wales
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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MA
Wales
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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RP
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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SW
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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,

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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SK
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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EM
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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JD
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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HP
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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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PD
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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IT
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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OT
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Wales
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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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Wales
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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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HR
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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V
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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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OT
Wales
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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R
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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Wales
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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N
Wales
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MW
Wales
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding meal and excellent service all in a great location.

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WA
Wales
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

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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Wales
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Wales
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Wales
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JV
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

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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Wales
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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SB
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Wales
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Wales
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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S
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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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