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The Lion

#49 of 1,246 Restaurants in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
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19 Church Lane | Cliftonwood, Bristol BS8 4TX, England
+44 7867 796961
15:00 - 00:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 23:00
Mon - Fri 15:00 - 00:00
Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Wanted to try somewhere different so through the power of Google opted for an evening at the Lion. What a find, really cosy and lively atmosphere, the food was just amazing I had the mushroom burger and my other half had a beef burger. The owners made us feel so welcome.....we've booked for the family in April for my birthday....can't... More 

Thank Yvette C
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here because of all the great reviews. We weren't disappointed excellent sunday roast with excellent desserts we will definitely go back again and again. What was also excellent and made a great lunch even better was how friendly and chatty and general fab all the staff were.

Thank J00lyp00ly
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first visit to this pub which is tucked away in a residential area. We were not disappointed the food was very well presented huge portions and very tasty and cooked to an excellent standard. The sweet menu was also very good with a good selection and tasted delightful. All the staff were extremely customer focused and were... More 

Thank Karen S
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A warm welcome, great atmosphere, fine choice of ale, wine and gin and a superb Sunday lunch. A gem amongst pubs.

Thank Ali H
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The miracle of this place is that they can cook and serve excellent food, on time, when the pub is packed with people. Good options for Sunday roast dinner, including vegetarian, and 3 real ales available. The family who own the pub are very friendly, and despite being very busy, seem to have plenty of time to chat. It's a... More 

Thank Jeremy T
Newbury, United Kingdom
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194 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came here on a Saturday lunchtime with friends that live locally who had reserved a table. Wales vs Scotland 6 nations on TV so great atmosphere. Impressive choice on menu with extensive selection of burgers (Wallace and Gromet burger recommended) . Food did take a while to come but this is a pub so who cares. Burgers were gourmet (made... More 

Thank BerkshireTigger
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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321 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

The best sunday lunch i have had in Bristol. The quality of the food was excellent but the quality of the service was even better - full of friendly community atmosphere with high standards good selection and generous portions. Do not be fooled by the outside of the building the inside is interesting and lovely - highly recommend booking a... More 

Thank jim m
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

Probably the best pub food I have ever eaten, plenty of vegetarian options, nice staff, also in a lovely area!

Thank Elena S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Faultless with excellent portions in a cosy atmosphere. Great service as well. Lovely pint of Gem as well.

Thank Starkers996
Exeter, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

The best roast I've had in a long time - just like you'd have at home. Friendly staff with a smile. Couldn't be better - well done !

Thank abally1973

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$15
Pub, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 00:00
15:00 - 00:00
15:00 - 00:00
15:00 - 00:00
15:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19 Church Lane | Cliftonwood, Bristol BS8 4TX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Bristol
  • Phone Number: +44 7867 796961
Hard to find cosy and jolly pub in Cliftonwood Bristol serving homemade food Tuesday to Saturday and scrummy lunches on Sunday.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?