The Lamb & Lion

4.3
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87 reviews
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£25 and under
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Dine in style in our restaurant, or in our fantastic outdoor garden adjacent to York's historic city centre walls. Serving simple, classic British pub fare skilfully prepared from fresh, quality, locally sourced ingredients. Our restaurant is the perfect place to withdraw from the world and unwind.
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SP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very good. Staff was good and attentive. Enjoyed the evening. Recommend this restaurant

OT
Yorkshire
13 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely meal and evening, but they didn’t have either of our first choice of red and white wine. Food was good though.

N
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we booked here for New Year. Perfect relaxing atmosphere, gorgeous food and excellent service from John. Would highly recommend.

MC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic food and service!

MF
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service. Needed bigger portions of Sunday roast. It needed more meat!

OT
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and the food is superb recommend to anyone

OT
Manchester
21 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The meal was OK but not as good as we expected. The chef seems to like to put crumbs on everything. My hake dish didn't seem to have any chorizo in it.

M
London
9 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked for a Sunday lunch during our York visit. The pub is very easy to find, very near the Minster. We had a cosy room with a roaring fire. The staff were very friendly and our roast was enormous and very tasty. I recommend the huge Yorkshire puds !

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for a Sunday lunch on our wedding anniversary. Food was stunning and setting was cosy.

DM
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place. Staff are amazing and the food is superb. Thank You

KA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and everything was perfect a try gem in the heart of a wonderful city.

PA
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely room where we had our meal, service was wonderful. Food really good would differently go again.

A
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Warm welcome from the staff, good food and plenty of it at a reasonable price. Recommended

OT
Munich
21 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great quality of food!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Food not good ! staff fantastic !

CM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous pub food, great service and would highly recommend visiting this place when in York.. it’s more like a restaurant than a pub Nd the table service is amazing

B
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing. That should be the theme of this restaurant. We arrived and presented ourselves to the bartender as there was no indication of a host or hostess. He mumbled something about going down a hall and turning left. So we did, but were confronted with a rabbit's warren of hallways leading every which way but to a dining room. Staff walked by and ignored us. Finally a woman who must have been the manager instructed us to check in with the bartender. Back we go. He was still clueless, until she arrived after us, and had to show him how to operate his computer. They eventually figured out that we did indeed have a reservation, and we were lead to a room with one other couple in it.

At 7pm on a Sunday, they were out of roasts, both beef and pork. A group of 5 people were seated after us and upon hearing that, got up and left after the server left the room. My husband and I both ended up having a bowl of bland risotto.

I would never return here or advise anyone to do so. No reservations necessary, no one goes there and they can't serve you when you do.

Oh, we also never got our points for "dining" there and don't expect to. They're clueless.

OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Very very very slow service

AP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 6 and we were seated in our own space. Food was lovely and service was excellent.

HC
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Sunday dinner. Vegetarian friends in group well taken care of.

NC
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent Sunday lunch

u
Yorkshire
13 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Fab food and service, just very very tiny portion (we had lamb and pork). However, that said kids portions were very good

M
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Ordered two signature dishes: Lamb Shank and Pork Belly, Soup of the day, and a must-eat sticky toffee pudding.

MB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

After reading the menu on this website we were disappointed to find out that the menu had changed. Therefore had to choose something totally different from what we booked it for and the prices were more expensive.

L
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked a table for lunch and am relieved I did as no walk ins were being taken. The food was fantastic and the childrens’ menu Was second to none, proper fish & chips!!! Myself and 2 other adults had the roast dinner, one beef, one lamb and one chicken. All plates were cleared! staff were all very friendly and couldn’t do enough for us. Perfect in all respects, definitely will return when next in York.

OT
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We wasn't very impressed with the food very pub like food , staff were very good just the food let it down

ET
Nottingham
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Arrived very close to last orders for food but they were very accommodating for us. The drink and food were delicious, nice menu and reasonably priced (although bottles of wine were very pricey £35) but was happy to pay it as it was a special occasion. The staff were all great and attentive without being overbearing and I liked the decor and warmth of the place. Highly recommended, we would return.

JC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A very relaxed atmosphere, a good menu choice, and the food is simply delicious. The roast beef was tasty and well cooked (I was asked if I preferred my meat well done or rarer) which was a nice touch. The Yorkshire pudding was definitely homemade, the gravy homemade, and the vegetables were served separately and again, cooked perfectly.
The pudding was superb!
The manager was charismatic without being too much, and took a genuine interest in whether we were enjoying our lamb & Lion visit.

NG
London
35 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Booked in advance for sunday lunch when on a weekend break in york as had passed by and thought it looked nice. Unfortunately it was raining so had to sit inside but nice room and great food, had sunday roast beef and banana sundae, the normal midweek menu on board also looked great. Friendly service as well.

HM
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2015
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely dinning room, great pub food and service was really friendly. Will definitely eat here again.

JQ
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2015
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Aaaaaaaaaaa it was ok like but the overall quality was outwork he's by the final price dnicj wig suit tasters fit the a tail office

B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2015
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We had a Sunday roast which unfortunately wasn't great. The serving size was quite small and the potatoes were terrible, as if they had been reheated a few too many times. The outdoor seating area would be great if your were just having drinks. Maybe the rest of the menu is great but sadly not the roast, and for 14.95 I expected more.

j
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was recommended this pub from the guest house I was staying in. Food was amazing good value and the staff couldn't do enough to help. I was only in York 3 nights but ate there twice.

t
Edinburgh
8 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed a lovely bar supper at the Lamb and Lion . my husband had the lamb hot pot which was sensational and I had the steak and ale pie which was massive and delicious
My husband had some of the lovely range of guest ales and \I\ had a very nice rioja
very enjoyable evening

C
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A most enjoyable evening , great food , fabulous service and good location in York.

DR
Kent
62 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A pleasant cosy room for dining separate from the bar. Good choices on the menu all of which were well prepared, full of flavour and imaginatively presented. Desserts were particularly impressive. Very friendly staff.

e
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very quaint little pub with lovely quirky decor. On the night we went it was full to bursting so good job we had booked. The waiting staff were very friendly and enthusiastic and the food was amazing. My husband had the soup to start and it was very, very good. We both had steak for main course, my rump steak was one of the best I've had in ages as was his rib-eye. It was huge and although he ate all of his I admit I left some of the chips - I did eat all my onion rings,possibly the best I've ever had. We were both so full we didn't have dessert!!!!!
A word of warning if you order the Clifford's Tower pie, it is huge.

P
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2015
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We had great expectations for the Lamb & Lion, the bar itself is a favourite of ours serving excellent quality beers so we thought we would take the plunge & sound out the restaurant as well. My wife had the Duck & I had the steak pie, the pie was fabulous, it stayed unfeasibly hot in the 25mins it took me to eat it, the veg was lovely & there were lashings of gravy, however my wife's duck was not so impressive, it was well presented but her enjoyment was hampered by the duck not being very hot & a wee bit dry we did mention it to the manager who assured us it was cooked to order but my wife felt that this was not the case. By way of compensation she was given a free dessert. The atmosphere was ok, but to be honest the room was way to bright - you need to soften the atmosphere as it didn't feel as intimate as we would have hoped.

Would we go to eat there again? I doubt it & whilst my wife's meal was not up to par it certainly won't stop us using the fabulous bar

OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great fresh food. The setting is lovely with an atmosphere to match. Lovely greeting. We will be back for sure.

JJ
London
63 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience4

There are various dining rooms / snugs which provides a sense of seclusion. The food was extremely tasty - I was pleasantly surprised. Both my companion and I thoroughly enjoyed our starter and main courses. Dessert was good too but I felt that the creme brulee should have been slightly more solid as opposed to barely set liquid - although the caramelised sugar topping was thick and resoundingly brittle.

They have a pub garden and if it's anything like the interior it will be amazing in the summer.

I will definitely revisit when I'm next in York.