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The golden Lion

Certificate of Excellence
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Tipton ST, Sidmouth EX10 0AA, England
+44 1404 812881
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Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This pub has the very best food in East Devon. The landlord is a native Frenchman who's culinary skill is evident in his creative menu and superb food. We have sampled superb pheasant a l'orange and today I had rabbit in chocolate sauce which was amazing. My partner also had the best curry of his life ... a Goan pork... More 

1 Thank Bond703
Exeter, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

All the courses were excellent. Could not fault the food or service. A great atmosphere. If you are looking for a pub in the area you will have to go a long way to beat this place.

Thank Keith R
Exeter, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We live locally and can't believe our visit to the Golden Lion last night was our first. What a lovely pub with fantastic food and spot on service. Could quite easily work our way through the tempting menu. You will struggle to fit three courses in, we did! Booking in advance is recommended as understandably it's very popular, especially on... More 

Thank Tabitha C
East Devon, England
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110 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've walked at Tipton several times but not eaten at The Golden Lion which was recommended by friends. Went there for a short walk and then a very good lunch. Lovely atmosphere inside and some nice seating areas outside both in the sun and in the shade. Friendly service and a very adequate menu with plenty of pub staples (huge... More 

Thank Henry K
Exeter, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was having lunch with some friends in the garden when a few walkers stopped for a drink. A couple of them were eating their own sandwiches, which I agree is not on, especially as there are notices to support this. However, the majority were drinking what they had bought in the bar and were not eating their own food.... More 

2 Thank Claire H
Calstock, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The emphasis on French food and cooking was nice but the execution failed to live up to it. The mouse mariniere was disappointing and the vegetable lasagne was just about OK. The service was friendly but we were approached 4 times while we were eating to ask if everything was OK. Once would have sufficed.

Thank Roger G
Honiton, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been here a few times now as a family treat !! We always enjoy this cosy little Pub with a great menu and atmosphere

Thank em0901
Bristol, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped for a quick lunch of 2 ploughmans. Very warm welcome and good food and drinks. This old pub is very charming and well worth a visit. One criticism - the cost of the ploughman's seemed slightly high for what you get.

Thank rfi30
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Stopped off here for coffee here after a walk with the dogs along by the river from Ottery. The staff were very accommodating and served me with an excellent cup of coffee . There is a very comfortable outside seating area which is covered by a glass roof in case it is aims. I am looking forward to a return... More 

2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Well 4 of us were doing a circlar walk from Newton Poppleford & decided to stop @this pub around 1.45 on a quiet wednesday. We wiped the mud off our boots as best we could and entered. We had one dog with us and were immediately greeted by "no dogs allowed".We were surprised as this is a country pub in... More 

4 Thank Mary C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
French, Bar, British, Pub, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tipton ST, Sidmouth EX10 0AA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Sidmouth
  • Phone Number: +44 1404 812881

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