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  1. Distance: 13.88mi
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  1. Distance: 13.88mi
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  4. Distance: 43.38mi
  1. Distance: 13.88mi
  2. Distance: 41.73mi
  3. Distance: 43.16mi
  4. Distance: 43.38mi

About The Lion at Leavenheath

The Lion at Leavenheath is a family run business that was purchased in 2013. Since our takeover we have been working hard to put The Lion back to its former glory.
With the team in the kitchen producing superb fresh food using local produce and supplier such as J Coleman's butchers in Boxted supplying all of our quality meats.
As for the bar we stock a good range of wines to accompany your meal as well as draft lagers and rotational real ales from the good local breweries we have in the area.

Honey Tye Leavenheath
Colchester, Essex CO6 4NX
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
British, Gastro Pub, Modern European

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday: 12pm - 9pm
Sunday: 12pm - 7pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
£25 and under

Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
01206 263434

Website:
http://www.thelioncolchester.com/

Executive Chef:
Tom Hartman

Private Party Facilities:
We offer the restaurant area for private dining. This area can accommodate up to 65 people for a birthday, wedding or anniversary meal. Prices vary depending on the style of menu you are looking for.

Private Party Contact:
Richard Ferris: 01206 263434

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Lion at Leavenheath Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

service

4.8

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4.4

value

4.4

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92% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (12)
Cosy (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
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Vegan (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Romance (7)
Child Friendly (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Healthy (6)
Neighbourhood Gem (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
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Business Meals (3)
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Brunch (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
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Outstanding Value (2)
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·Dined on 14 November 2017

Fab food and couldn't resist 3 courses.
Attended to by a wonderful bright funny gentleman, i didnt get his name, who couldn't do enough for us including looking after allergies etc.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on 10 November 2017

This was one of several opportunities I had to dine at the Lion at Leavenheath while over from Australia visiting family. I highly recommend it for excellent food, attentive service and friendly and cosy atmosphere. I am vegan and the choice was extensive and delicious. Took several lots of friends and family over the time I was staying and they all had a great meal and loved the beautiful dining room. This is the kind of place you could have a romantic dinner, a fun lunch with friends or a formal celebratory evening. I look forward to my next visit.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Essex)·Dined on 17 October 2017

Superb vegan food options, well-subscribed vegan tasting evening events held regularly. Vegan options available daily too . Highly recommended!

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on 29 August 2017

So pleased with our meal and both being vegan was so impressed with vegan menu and quality of food! We felt we were not a second thought as with many places we have visited and that care had been taken over the vegan menu,
We will be booking again for sure
Also we were welcomed warmly and service was spot on
Thank you

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for a Date, Fun, Late-night Find, Casual
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·Dined on 22 August 2017

The vegan taster menu on the evening that I went was absolutely first class. The management is friendly and obliging. It was excellent value for money. The chef has obviously put a lot of thought and creatively into his vegan food options. I have eaten here several times and have always been more than pleased with the food and ambiance. I hope that the Lion continues to do well and look forward to coming to the next vegan taster evening .

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan
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·Dined on 17 August 2017

Excellent menu, excellent food, brilliant value for money, will be visiting again very soon

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on 12 August 2017

The choice and quality of gluten free food was excellent, as was the customer service. If we lived closer we would definitely be regulars.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on 4 August 2017

Inside this building there's a surprise- it's a hidden gem! Doesn't look much from the outside decor and you could easily drive past, but don't! Give it a try- Fabulous food, excellent service, we go back time and again. Never disappointed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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·Dined on 19 July 2017

Very welcoming & friendly greeting, service and food first class. A excellent Gluten Free Menu the best I have seen. The establishment was very clean, tidy and well layed out. I highly recommend this establishment and will deffinently be returning to The Lion in the future.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Essex)·Dined on 17 June 2017

Booked many times & every time have received great service & food 🙂

Tags: Cozy, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Essex)·Dined on 30 May 2017

I took my parents & 3 year old for lunch as a thank you. My mother is a coeliac so the gluten free menu was perfect & my son's cheeseburger from the child menu was "yummy"! It was quiet in the restaurant but we had a very enjoyable lunch. We all then returned 2 days later with a vegan who was well catered for & we ate outside in the sunshine. Gary, who served us both times, was extremely friendly & was great with my son. Apparently we have to take Daddy next time, so it looks like we'll be back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly
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 (London)·Dined on 20 May 2017

Been to this lovely place many times
Apart from normal menu they also have full gluten free and vegan menus
Gluten free beer too
Good wine selection
Food absolutely lovely

Tags: Seasonal, Healthy, Organic, Cozy, Vegan
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 (Essex)·Dined on 18 April 2017

Really lovely food and more than just one vegan option Yay!. Service was really good friendly and efficient

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Vegan
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 (Essex)·Dined on 14 April 2017

Been to The Lion three times. Consistently good food. Varied menu including some great specials. Friendly atmosphere and attentive service. Definitely return.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal
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 (Essex)·Dined on 9 April 2017

Their Sunday lunches are really nice. We have been their about 5 times and have never beeen disappointed. Would highly recommend them.

Tags: Authentic, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Comfort Food
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 (Essex)·Dined on 5 April 2017

Very friendly staff and they had a delicious vegan menu!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Vegan
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 (Essex)·Dined on 15 March 2017

We primarily booked for the gluten free and were not disappointed. A varied range of gluten free foods available including a choice of delectable deserts instead of the usual fruit salads and meringue. Also gluten free bread served whilst waiting for starter so you don't feel left out when other people are tucking into bread with oil and balsamic dip. It was nice to be made to feel 'normal' and not a difficult customer. The standard and quality of all the food, not just gluten free was exceptional and the service was friendly and helpful. We would have no hesitation in recommending The Lion to our friends and will definitely be back ourselves. Thank you.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Outstanding Value
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on 3 March 2017

We loved the cosy restaurant and our waiter Gary was very attentive and very charming.
The choice of food was great and we shared a reasonable priced bottle of Merlot.
We both enjoyed our date night at the Lion.
Will definitely be back.

Tags: Healthy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on 25 February 2017

As ever we were served by the lovely Gary who is amazing at his job and made us feel very welcome. The food was good too

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Essex)·Dined on 14 February 2017

Absolutely love this restaurant. They were very accommodating for my girlfriend who is gluten free! Amazing gluten free menu!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Gluten Free Options
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 (Essex)·Dined on 10 February 2017

Great food and very welcoming staff, we had a lovely evening thank you.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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 (Essex)·Dined on 10 February 2017

Excellent meal! The Thai green curry was superb and the guest ale was a perfect accompaniment

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Casual, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Cozy, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Essex)·Dined on 28 January 2017

Great lunch for my dad's birthday. Lots of choice on the menu and food was lovely.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 26 January 2017

Not our first visit, great service & great menu all local ingredients 😊

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Casual, Cozy
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 (Essex)·Dined on 12 January 2017

We have always enjoyed having lunch at The Lion..... A warm and friendly bar area to meet before eating and a spacious restaurant area makes for a private and unhurried meal.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Hertfordshire)·Dined on 17 December 2016

As per usual, we had a wonderful meal at The Lion. As a gluten free diner, I have so much choice here and I never feel like I miss out. The food is always delicious and we've never had a bad meal here. The staff are polite and efficient, and Gary is a star. I would definitely recommend The Lion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Kid-friendly, Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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food5
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 (Essex)·Dined on 7 December 2016

Booking a table via the Internet was very easy. We had a nice, warm, friendly greeting. The service was good and the food was excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 1 December 2016

Enjoyable evening fabulous food, lovely interior & fantastic staff!

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Essex)·Dined on 6 November 2016

Nice relaxed atmosphere. We sat at the bar, in front of a cosy log burner, until all of our party arrived. There was no rush for us to order. Advised that one of the specials would take a little longer, so obviously cooked from fresh. Staff modified dishes to suit individual tastes (fussy vegetable eaters!). All meals were hot and arrived together. We didn't have starters - saved ourselves for the puds which didn't disappoint. Would definitely go again.

Tags: Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Outstanding Value
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food5
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 (Essex)·Dined on 14 October 2016

Once again a gorgeous meal, served by the friendliest staff. Such value for money. Fish & Chips Friday was so tasty!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Outstanding Value
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 (Essex)·Dined on 15 September 2016

Friendly good service as usual.
Food is of good quality...well prepared and cooked

Tags: Outstanding Value, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Essex)·Dined on 19 August 2016

Lovely evening meal which all the family enjoyed. Great service and attention from the waiting staff. We will be back soon.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on 31 July 2016

Chosen for it's excellent gluten-free menu and great understanding of the needs of a coeliac. Also caters very well for the ordinary people!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on 21 July 2016

The fish and chips was very tasty but the restaurant and bar were too quiet for a sunny Thursdsy evening in July.

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 (Essex)·Dined on 19 June 2016

Lovely food and service good.

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 (London)·Dined on 18 June 2016

Good food, great service. Very pleasant location. Will go back.

Tags: Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch
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 (Lincolnshire)·Dined on 28 May 2016

Staff very efficient and very helpful in every way possible with customer service. Food was excellent throughout our meal. Service excellent from start to finish. Highly recommended

Tags: Outstanding Value, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Essex)·Dined on 6 May 2016

Went on the off-chance based on the Open Table reviews. We were not disappointed! The restaurant is lovely, the service friendly without being over-attentive and the food fantastic. We will definitely be returning for another wonderful evening. Thank you.

Tags: Business Meals, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion
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 (Essex)·Dined on 4 May 2016

This has easily become our favourite place to eat, we have been quite a few times over the last year since discovering it, and have yet to be disappointed. The food is pretty much always delicious, service prompt and friendly, especially worth a mention is the evening manager (whose name escapes me) but who is such a welcoming host and a real " people person". The menu is varied and portion sizes quite large. You can always find something you wouldn't normally cook at home ,with ingredients you may not have tried before. On the other hand there is always something for the more unadventurous diner. I would definitely recommend giving this place a try.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion
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 (Essex)·Dined on 15 April 2016

Recently celebrated my son's 21st here. We had a lovely meal, very relaxed with very friendly staff. There were 13 in our party with everyone enjoying the food immensely. All round lovely evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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