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Golden Lion

$$ - $$$, British,
9 Church Street, York YO1 8BG, England
+44 1904 620942
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good25%
  • Average16%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible13%
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Brew Pub, British, Pub
$$ - $$$
9 Church Street, York YO1 8BG, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Paid a visit as we were looking for somewhere to eat really enjoyed the meal quick friendly service I had cheese and bacon burger my friend had chicken and mushroom pie

Thank Anne C
Reviewed 6 days ago

Bar staff need to lighten up a little, very direct. Appreciated we were tourists on a 60th but one of the chaps behind the bar, beard, about 35 needs to realise a smile and chat might help rather than one word answers. Can I have...More

Thank Andy A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Golden lion in York has great food and great service. First time we came was purely by accident as we were looking for another bar but since then we have been a few times now and can not fault the place.

Thank Jon S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Boxing day afternoon, it was bitterly cold as we walked around York and I was in need of a warm drink and use of the loo so we popped in, My husband went to the bar to see if they did a hot chocolate, he...More

Thank Jan W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Had a lovely lunch here yesterday, staff were friendly and helpful. Was advised of a 40 minute wait for our food but wasn’t put off as we weren’t in a hurry. Food arrived at our table in 25 minutes. Fries were amazing and the chicken...More

Thank Helen G
Reviewed 12 December 2017

Ordered 2 rump steaks. We asked for mustard to go with one of the steaks, this took ages to arrive. This was after the plates were almost dropped on the table by the waitress before she rushed off and we had to flag her down...More

1  Thank clairegreen76
Reviewed 8 December 2017

Uncertain what to have, we chose something we were familiar with. Steak and ale pie with veg for £9.95. With little expectarions other than a hearty meal for a tenner, we were extremely surprised (in a good way). Everything was clearly home made but the...More

Thank Tony B
Jenny G, Manager at Golden Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2017

Thank you very much for your feedback I will pass onto chef your compliments

Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

16 of us went to the pub for tea and we were made to feel very welcome. Other customers moved about so we could all sit together. The 2 guys behind the bar were great, look out for Carl and Andy and you won't go...More

Thank Kate F
Jenny G, Manager at Golden Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2017

Thank you for your positive review glad you had a great time and I will pass feedback onto Karl

Reviewed 4 December 2017

This place was packed when we arrived but we were able to still get a drink pretty quickly and were also able to get a seat within 5 mins of standing. The food looked nice but we didn't have any as the place was just...More

Thank camtayl0r
Jenny G, Manager at Golden Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2017

Thank you for your feedback, unfortunately we are so small to accommodate the capacity that we could potentially have and yes not enough room and tables which does make it hard to serve food to tables to guests when at full capacity to move. Hope...More

Reviewed 28 November 2017

A cute little place to go for dinner. We had a friendly waiter/barman and food was a reasonable price. Only issue was my mash was a bit cold and there wasn't enough gravy. It would have been nice if we had been asked whether our...More

Thank Hannah C
Jenny G, Manager at Golden Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2017

We do give checkbacks I’m sorry on this occasion you didn’t receive one as we would of gladly got you some more gravy without a doubt. We hope to see you again soon and we will give you an extra jug of gravy on the...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brew Pub, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Church Street, York YO1 8BG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  York
  • Phone Number: +44 1904 620942
The Golden Lion is a traditional pub in the heart of York's historic city. Only a minute walk from York Minster, we are in a perfect location to sight see around the beautiful city. We're proud to say our menu is packed with Great British pub food classics, including iconic dishes like our hand-battered fish and chips, pie and mash and succulent burgers. Our drinks include a great range of real ales and an extensive wine list. Our cask ales range has some of the best in British beers, including the 1730, our very own special pale ale. The pub also has BT Sport and SKY Sport for all your sporting fixtures as well as regular live music events. The team at the Golden Lion look forward to welcoming you soon at this fantastic traditional British pub in York.
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