The White Lion

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313 reviews
£25 and under
French

About

Our new Bar and Brasserie has been inspired by a modern desire to return to simple, 'back to basics' food, offering freshly prepared dishes, contemporary, informal surroundings and impeccable service. We hope the whole family will enjoy dining with us.

From fresh fish bought from Dean's Shed, situated on the beach opposite the White Lion, to smoked kippers sourced from Pinney's of Orford, every ingredient used in the exciting dishes which feature on the new menu, has been 'hand picked' to guarantee an abundance of flavours - Bon Appétit.
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LorraineN
Norfolk
1 review
Reviewed on 30 November 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Had gift of afternoon tea. Been to many afternoon tea but lived this one food service and fabulous views xx

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JannieH
Norfolk
2 reviews
Reviewed on 5 August 2019
Overall3foodserviceambience

Beautiful location, good local produce thoughtfully cooked. The only thing we didn't much appreciate was the loud muzak in the bar. Not sure how many people come to historic and beautiful Aldeburgh for pop music!

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samp
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience3

The service was very poor, we were left ages with them asking if we wanted anymore drinks. No one came over and asked how the food was. We were totally ignored all night.

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GeorgeF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another good quality at the White Lion - we will certainly return.

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GeorgeS
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place. Met our needs would visit again would recommend to others. Quiet time of year good prices good service

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Miranda1066
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic place with a beautiful ambience . We had an amazing lunch with friends in New Year’s Eve as a treat and it certainly lived up to expectations . The food was delicious from a varied menu to suit all tastes . The staff were attentive and friendly. Would like to stay in the hotel next time

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MauriceH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Staff were very friendly, knowledgeable and efficient.
Food was value for money with a range that adequately sufficed.

With friends and we had a very enjoyable evening.

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GrahamS
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Busted for Sunday lunch and all four of us had a roast. Served very quickly and meal was hot and tasty with good variety of vegetables on the plate. Had to chase up drinks but once prompted they came soon. Always enjoy the white lion.

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BebeH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good menu with something for everyone including children. Service a bit slow and a few mistakes made on drinks and food but quickly rectified. Friendly service and comfortable atmosphere. Good cocktail list.

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hungrybumpkin
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience3

It is a pity that the good food is overshadowed by sporadic service. It is not cheap, but the staff are thin on the ground and not properly trained.

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AlexP
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We really enjoyed our dinner here and will return when we’re back in Aldeburgh.

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GrahamB
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Initial service was good but once we had our meal delivered we were ignored and left with our dirty plates for at least half an hour. Eventually the plates were removed we asked for coffee which was ignored and the bill bought over. Partly due to this delay and a disruptive group next to us 5 adults and 3 children crammed on a table for 6 we left as soon as we could.

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Chaser
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Expensive. Wouldn't go there again. The meat content of the meal was small, therefore poor value for money.

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Dylan
Norfolk
4 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were a little disappointed in the menu offered. Having looked on line at the sample menu the actual menu offerings were more limited and not quite in the same standard. There was nothing wrong with the food service, it was perfectly acceptable but not quite what the on line sample menu suggested. Having visited the restaurant before, albeit a while ago, it seemed that things had been down graded both in terms of food and surroundings.

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SaraR
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food was great but the service was poor. Had to ask several times for the same drinks order, after three attempts the drinks finally arrived.

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mcgabh1
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had Sunday lunch on a day that they had a Triathlon going on outside. The staff managed to keep the dinner service going smoothly while many visitors piled into the bar for (reasonably priced) drinks. All the while a small jazz band played unobtrusively in the background. While it sounds slightly chaotic, it was nothing of the sort and my partner and I managed to have a conversation without recourse to raising our voices or struggling to be heard. The food was excellent, well cooked and delivered to our table by friendly staff. Well worth a visit.

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JohnG
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Vegetarian quiche and salad a disappointing choice for dinner. Swordfish dry and bland.
Breakfast: could not drink coffee, fresh fruit off and toast burnt, poached eggs hard. Too many flies in restaurant on both occasions making this a very unpleasant experience.

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pault
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable evening, ambience, service and food where first class. Highly recommended.

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Endymion
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Really good food (tasty lamb dish - and plaice cooked to perfection). Very friendly and attentive service and a nice relaxed atmosphere.

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TonyRose
Norfolk
4 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I celebrated our Wedding Anniversary with lunch at the White Lion earlier this week. We have been several times before, and (as always) were not disappointed. We both had a 6oz steak that was certainly a good 8oz. It was perfectly cooked - melt in the mouth. We also enjoyed dessert. We had reserved a table and were seated at one of the window tables with a view across the road to the beach. The service was attentive without being fussy. Top marks again to the White Lion.

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Karen
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First visit to The White Lion and we really enjoyed our meal. Only had one course but service was efficient and food was delicious. Will definitely be going back.

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IanH
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I have visited The White Lion several times for evening meals with various friends and family I think on the last two occasions sadly the service has not been at it's best on our most recent visit there firstly was a problem with our drinks order from the bar
Following on from this, again we were presented with the wine list to choose from but no one came back to take our order. The time before it was difficult to get the bill and even more difficult to pay for our meal. Having said this I must say we have never had any reason to question the the food presented

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Poppies
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I had booked a Table for Father's Day.for my Husband.we had eaten here several times.
Food outstanding. Different.i had the Indian Milk Dumplings. Wonderful.1st time I had tried them.i asked about them first. The Waiter gave me a good Detail of them.

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KET1
London
22 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a very smart and stylish room. Staff were very friendly and the Manager went out of his way to help us when our car was blocked in the car park by an inconsiderate driver.

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NormanP
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very attentive staff and a varied menu that made it difficult to choose just one main course. Both my lamb dish and my wife's crab were cooked perfectly as were the side dishes and starters. Overall s very enjoyable and relaxed evening.

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DenisM
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very enjoyable dining experience. Staff were more than helpful, the dining area was pleasant and relaxing and the quality of the food first class.

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Ellsbels
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and a varied, value for money menu. Great prawn cocktail starters followed by belly of pork, yum! Lovely views and ambience. The restaurant gave us a free 10% discount card to use in other Aldeburgh restaurants and shops. Will return.

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davids
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

food and service very good hotel bright and clean your made welcome on arrival would book again

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Jeannie
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant place. We regularly meet friends there as a halfway house and sit and have coffee , meal then tea, never hurried.

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Artfood
London
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Old Friends & Family came together from London, Felixstowe & Norwich to celebrate my husband's 70th birthday. We felt relaxed, enjoyed our food and the ambience and didn't feel rushed out of the door when we finally reached the end of our gastronomic experience.

We'll definitely visit again.

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MC2021
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We visited for lunch with friends as we have been to the White Lion several times before. On arrival we were very surprised to learn that the menu offered was entirely different to the one shown on the website. The option of a 'prix-fixe' menu was no longer available. If we had known this, we may not have chosen this venue. That said, the food was delicious and the service top rated. Can I please request that the website is updated to show the correct menu?

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LondonAnn
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Has better food there before than on this occasion, beef was not good quality

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OpenTable Diner
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Dreadful and overpriced. The starter of chicken liver was served with two pieces of toast and cost £8!!! Main course of lamb-which took nearly 50 minutes to finally arrive-part of it was cold and the rest just tasted of oil. Will not be returning!!!

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Jules
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely restaurant very well run and spotlessly clean and beautifully decorated. Very helpful happy staff can’t fault a thing food was perfect lovely drinks relaxing and excellent overall.

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Blondie
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our 5th visit, we always book here when we visit Suffolk. Love the food, atmosphere and efficient staff.

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1TimBerman
Warwickshire
7 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Excellent value for money. Quality of food was very good. Lovely friendly service.
Well worth a visit

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TONYSreview
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great looking location right on the seafront really like the interior to some good menu choices my other half and daughter had the fish and chips lovely Unfortunately I went for the bacon chop looked like a school dinner spent the next half hour looking at what everyone else’s choice thinking I should have had that!

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KarenG
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent friendly service and great ambiance. Food was superb .

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Jeannie
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We meet regularly as a halfway house with old friends and always get good service and good food and are never hurried away.

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Teetee
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every year we have a family meal and each time we choose somewhere different from the previous.... last year for the first time we tried Brassiere Bleue. We found it such an exceptionally nice experience that we came back this year again. Such nice service and lovely food...we felt relaxed and unhurried. We would highly recommend.

FAQs

The White Lion offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01728 452720.

The White Lion is rated 4 stars by 313 OpenTable diners.