The Lamb & Lion

4.2
138 reviews
£25 and under
British

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Casual
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 138 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.1
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BrianT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

We were the only people in the restaurant so no atmosphere at all , due to lockdown so that’s fine . The food was just okay . The pie was good but the chips tasted as if they had been finished in too cool fat , had a funny taste . Staff were okay . The lady who served had a face mask on but wasn’t wearing it over the nose . Asked if we wanted more gravy but at this point we didn’t know as we hadn’t started to eat . Didn’t come back and ask again .
We have eaten in lamb and Lion many times in the past and always enjoyed very much .

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Visitor
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyable environment in this old english hotel that is close to the centre of York. Service polite and friendly and food nicely cooked, arriving hot and well proportioned. Plenty of room between tables.

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RebeccaM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waiter was superb! Food was lovely and so was the ale. Lovely place if you’re looking for somewhere more intimate

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AnnetteM
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambience. Enjoyed the food.
Really wish I had taken her name but the young lady that took our orders In the restaurant stood out above the rest. So friendly helpful and knowledgeable.
Thank you

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PeterF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food Excellent.
Service Ecellent & Friendly.
Will definitely go back & recommend to others.

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NicolaM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal and fantastic service from an American guy don’t remember his name couldn’t do enough for us and very friendly all staff were excellent will definitely be re visiting

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JohnC
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very Good. Staff friendly, food good. Most important, Covid-19 safe

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TEZY
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing venue great ambience fabulous food and great customer service.

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GillianA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What wonderful staff you have, food was fabulous we will definitely be seeing you again

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JamesM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good variety, nice atmosphere, attentive service..

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JHarra
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, beautiful beer garden and great staff. Will definitely be going back.

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Julie
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good quality food. Everything was presented lovely and food was hot.

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GggBbb
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good Covid system in place. Temperature and track and trace details taken. Service was very good, polite and quick. We sat outside in the garden which was nice. The food was brought quickly and was all hot and tasty. Toilets were clean and hand gel provided.

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ElsieC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, we sat in the restaurant at the front. Staff where very attentive & the food was delicious. Good system in place, meeting all requirements for Covid.

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MarkH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely pub great service, lamb hock fantastic. Loved it

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SueJ
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service were excellent - thank you, would fully recommend

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JulieU
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience5

good, wholesome food in beautiful surroundings. All the usual pub staples - we had the steak and ale pie and the fish and chips - both were perfect.

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SuzyO
Bedfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We allll enjoyed our starters,,, main course and deserts, friendly staff Four very happy eaters

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Jono
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Meal was very nice, iust not a lot of it, we ordered steak pie which in the past has been lovely and came in a large pot, this time it was half the size, also we had a over zealous waiter who was hovering over us all the time, it felt like we were being rushed, he was a nice guy but just too attentive, we like to relax enjoy the meal and surroundings and enjoy being together, sorry we just don't like being rushed.

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SusanS
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Booked for dining after it was recommended to us but the food was very poor .. we had the Sunday beef roast . The beef was dripping with blood asked if we could have no blood and we got the plate back ,the beef had been zapped in microwave so was so tough couldn't cut it and the same veg had been left on plate so was cold when we received it back still had salt crystals on .Yorkshire pub was so hard couldn't cut. We left the meal ..we told the lady serving and all they said was sorry and the bill ...no one came to see us and we had to pay the full amount ...very unhappy with this place and will not recommend...disgrace

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SimonE
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch with my wife and son, and his partner. Staff very friendly and efficient as ever, lovely ambience, and great food.

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ChrisS
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

No issues with the food, but we had a table for 8.30pm (the only one we could get) and there weren’t many other diners in there so was quite quiet. Had to change a glass as it was dirty.
The one way system was good and fully respected Covid19 guidelines so a plus on that score.

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carolineK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really enjoyed eating here the food was excellent as well as the service. The staff were very attentive nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommend

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MikeA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall1food3service3ambience1

Food was ok, not much on the menu to choose from!!
Social distancing in the restaurant is appalling we were virtually sitting on top of the next tables, disgusting.
Also it was so dark in the restaurant had a job to see the food.
Didn’t finish what was in the dish and left drinks, found it a very odd place

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SteveD
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We have eaten here on a number of occasions and always had a enjoyable experience.
We attended on Sunday last for Sunday Lunch.
Everything regarding the staff and service was as good as we have come to expect.
However we were disappointed in the food we had served, the quality and quantity not to the standard we have enjoyed in the past.

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JenC
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, beautifully decorated building, great service. Will definitely return when we are next in York

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MissP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fantastic pub/ restaurant/hotel in a perfect position in the city.
Lovely decor and atmosphere, brilliant food and superb staff. Will def be back ! Thank you

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ChristopherP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Disappointed as on your website said you were still going to eat out scheme and yet we paid full price. We only booked for the offer. The food was very average.

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OscarS
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely relaxed atmosphere with polite and helpful staff. Also, the food is exceptionally good value for money!

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Redhead61
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit, excellent food, service & value for money. We will definitely visit again

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Turkey
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Restaurant very small Food was good but no ambience

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JohnW
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Was recommended for Sunday Lunch, what we got was nice but left dissapointed that all we got was meat, a couple of roast pots, a few carrots and Gravy with York pud not a green in sight, when mentioned to the waitress she just shrugged her shoulders, then when i was at the toilet i heard her in the kitchen saying "they asked about more veg but i told them they need to book earlier" Needs some training in customer service!!!!

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CFerg
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Had the Sunday roast...beef cooked to perfection but meal was cold.

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GaryE
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lamb and Lion is a quirky pub with many eating rooms with eclectic design. Service is excellent and equally matched by quality food choices. Over two days we had lamb shank, the curry, halloumi, breads with balsamic and olives. The handcut chips are superb. Cannot wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, legendary fish and chips - and a great atmosphere.

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LisaF
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both myself and my husband and a gentleman at the next table ordered lamb shank, we heard over the waitresses radio that there was no lamb shanks left, as none of the staff came back to us to say there was none left, we presumed ours were the last.it was a good 10-15 minutes before a waiter came to tell us there was only one left. I was kindly offered the meal but o felt quite guilty. That was the only complaint the food was lovely

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Gp78
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was fantastic, both had lamb shank which was superb. Nibble sharers of Bread and Oil, Olives and Feta and Halloumi were HUGE...! All very good. If any Negative the Olive and Feta mix was a little Supermarket like. Together they were a great starter. The Halloumi was immense. We booked at 17:30 and was told there were only 2x Steak pies left. And just after taking our order they ran out of Lamb Shank and then Steak pies. At this time of day they really shouldn't be running out of the two main dishes. Lamb Shanks were very good. Cooked well and all very homely. Veg was a little under done for me I'm sure perfect for some. Altogether a lovely Meal, great value and definitely recommend and will be returning.

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Square
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Possibly the worst steak and ale pie I have eaten and don’t get me started on the chips.

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Redfibee
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

The lighting was too dim, only 3 of 5 lights worked in our room. The Lamb was lovely, but there was too much potato, too few fresh vegetables, and everything was drowned in gravy. Fish and chips was good. Service was excellent.

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Polly
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was delayed but the staff were so efficient in putting matters right that we hardly noticed. A complimentary round of drinks nicely covered the interim period.

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The Lamb & Lion is rated 4.2 stars by 138 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.