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#1 of 3 Bar in Magor
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US$8 - US$36
British, Bar, Pub, Welsh
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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All reviews triple cooked chips pie seafood risotto beef the pub sunday lunch lovely atmosphere warm welcome lovely evening high standard be visiting again louise chef andrea ariel landlady vegan
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Reviewed yesterday

We have been here countless times under old management, food was great, atmosphere was great. Under new management, even though outside in the cold, I have to say this is an improvement. Improved menu, great staff, great atmosphere. The chips were fantastic, probably some of...the best I've had around here. People need to be patient, there are Covid rules to follow, directions to follow, but even though outside was fairly full the staff did a great job. We will be making this a weekly thing at least. 3 years since my last review, and I am glad I have the chance to come on and compliment the staff. Cheers!More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Food was nice as were most of the staff but the experience was tainted by an arrogant obnoxious member of staff called Oscar! Assume he’s some kind of manager there but they should really demote him to cleaning the toilets as he has zero people...skills!!More

Date of visit: May 2021
paul t, Owner at The Golden Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We are pleased that you enjoyed the food and were complementary about the majority of staff, but we were surprised by your harsh criticism of Oscar. Oscar has been a manager at the Golden Lion for about 10 years and is an experienced member of...More

Reviewed 28 November 2020

We had breakfast here which was such a disappointment. Overcooked scrambled & poached eggs (which tasted of nothing but vinegar) black pudding missing off a large breakfast & overall generally VERY disappointed with the quality, won't be retuningMore

Date of visit: November 2020
GoldenLionMagor, Owner at The Golden Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2020

Hello - please could you let us know the date which this comment refers to and whether you let the staff know that you were not happy - thank you. It would help us as we have had some really great feedback on our breakfasts...More

Reviewed 22 November 2020

came for a sunday lunch with family and was blown away with the service, food and atmosphere at this beautiful pub. the new management have taken this place above and beyond our expectations and we are already making arrangements to visit again. i had the...beef and it was delicious. our waitress, Lauren, was so attentive, friendly and polite (whilst still laughing at our poor banter!) All i can say is wow! it will be a trip to be remembered, thankyou all and we look forward to coming again!!!More

Date of visit: November 2020
GoldenLionMagor, Owner at The Golden Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2020

Thank you so much for this wonderful review! It has restored our spirits after a recent poor review. These are challenging times for the hospitality industry and we don't always get it right, so we are very pleased that we exceeded your expectations and that...More

Reviewed 21 November 2020

Poor management As hard as the staff tried to do their best with serving everyone I found that the management was poor ordered drinks 30 mins before closing time to be told sorry we haven’t sorted drinks and now it’s to late , don’t think...management will be at this establishment very long as they seem clueless could be a good pub but not with the current managementMore

Date of visit: November 2020
GoldenLionMagor, Owner at The Golden Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2020

Thank you for your observations and praise of the staff. Perhaps you could let us know exactly when you experienced the poor service so that we can look into the matter? There have been some occasions recently when speed of service has slipped and for...More

Reviewed 15 November 2020

Had a Sunday lunch 16/11/20 with a couple of family members. Multiple COVID precautions were taken: masks, one way system, hand sanitiser stations, customers were not allowed to go to the bar, decent spacing between tables, system of used and clean menus etc. The staff...were very friendly and attentive, regularly checking that all was to our satisfaction. We were not disturbed by other customers. Very reasonable prices, I chose the one course for £11 option. I had a good pint of Speckled Hen, the other option that I would happily have had was Tribute. I had the beef which was good quality, and the right quantity for me. Nice big Yorkshire pudding. It is a clean and smart country pub which I have used for many years, although usually just for drinks. There was seating outside with heaters and covers, but we sat inside. Very pleased that one of the very few times I have been out to eat since March was enhanced by this choice of venue, I look forward to returning and wish them continued success.More

Date of visit: November 2020
GoldenLionMagor, Owner at The Golden Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2020

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. Since re-opening our Sunday lunch menu is proving very popular and is, as you say, very reasonably priced. For those who aren't 'roast' fans, we have a range of other dishes also available on Sundays. Glad you...More

Reviewed 9 November 2020

Visited the golden lion a few weeks back on a Thursday morning for a pub breakfast, wow very impressed, lovely pub, Staff were really friendly and polite and the breakfast was really good, The quality of the food was fantastic and beautifully presented, i regularly...pass by but have never stopped before, after Thursday morning's visit i will definitely be stopping again some time in the near future and would recommend this pub to my work colleague's as well.More

Date of visit: October 2020
GoldenLionMagor, Owner at The Golden Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2020

Thank you so much for your super feedback. During the recent 2 week lockdown we have further improved our range of menus (check out our website) so hopefully you will be even more impressed when you next return.

Reviewed 25 October 2020 via mobile

It has been an absolute joy to be back in the Golden Lion. The attention to detail regarding track and trace, cleanliness and service provision is outstanding. You are made to feel welcome as soon as you walk through the door. The bar staff are...not only friendly but actually enjoy a bit of banter. The owners take the time to chat and get get your feedback. They make you feel that you as the customer are the most important person in their pub. This is a traditional village pub at it’s best. Well done to you all and I can’t wait to be back after our latest lockdown. ❤️More

Date of visit: October 2020
GoldenLionMagor, Owner at The Golden Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2020

Many thanks for such kind comments. We are so pleased that customers such as yourself are appreciative of the efforts our team are trying to make to take the Lion back to its former glory. There are still more improvements we want to make but...More

Reviewed 23 October 2020

Had a lovely evening in the Lion. Food was great. We had a tapas selection and a belly pork dish. Excellent value for money. The wine was great as well. This pub is well and truly worth a visit. Lucky for us it is our...local.More

Date of visit: October 2020
GoldenLionMagor, Owner at The Golden Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2020

Thank you for your kind and praising comments. We are hoping to widen the tapas selection with additional 'specials'. Looking forward to seeing you again, as soon as this 'lockdown' is over. Paul T.

Reviewed 17 October 2020 via mobile

It was good to return to the Lion. The food was excellent. A good choice of dishes. The service was great. Our server, Lucy, was outstanding in her efficiency and friendliness. We will return.

Date of visit: October 2020
GoldenLionMagor, Owner at The Golden Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2020

Many thanks for your kind feedback. Lucy was really pleased! Looking forward to seeing you again in the near future.

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We absolutely do. In the front bar, sports bar and the garden, just not in the restaurant (unless it's a guide dog of course, which is totally fine). But we have no problem at all with owners bringing in their dogs, we'll... More
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No. Unfortunately' but open all morning for drinks, lovely atmosphere and log fires!
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  • The Golden Lion is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4