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Dunston Road, Hartlepool TS26 0EN, England
+44 1429 867100
09:30 - 23:30
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Sun 11:00 - 23:30
Mon - Sat 09:30 - 23:30
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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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582 reviews
363 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 274 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited, with friends, for lunch. There is a good choice on the menu which is supplemented by a 'specials' board. One person ordered a gammon steak, one calfs liver, another a salmon salad, and the fourth chicken and prawns. All agreed the food had an excellent taste, and the portion sizes good. The one downside was that service was quite... More 

Thank Normieb41
Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Got a gift voucher for afternoon tea never been to the gold lion before but would go again the afternoon tea was very nice and could refill the teapot so had plenty and what we couldn't eat they boxed up to take home.

Thank pat h
Costa del Sol
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In town for a quick visit and had breakfast here on a Sunday in a party of 6 and it was absolutely spot on. I had the full English, four others had the smaller fried breakfast and my mother in law the smoked salmon Eggs Benedict. All the food came to the table piping hot and the drinks arrived at... More 

Thank Anchovy
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having only retired to Hartlepool 8 months ago, And whilst I was sitting in the dentists waiting room I got chatting to a local lady And asked where she could recommend for lunch, she said the golden lion, so hubby and I went, and it was superb. We love eating out particularly at lunchtime. The pub is nicely decorated,the staff... More 

Thank Sue C C
Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I visited this evening for a relaxing early meal at 5-30 after quite a stressful day. The food was lovely but unfortunately the evening was spoilt by the people at the next table being unable to control their children who were shouting singing and jumping up and down right next to our table. I do not mind... More 

Thank Eileen B
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51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is our 'go to' place for Sunday Lunch. The food is good quality and plentiful. The staff are friendly and attentive and always good humoured.

Thank James L
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Went with wife and child for Saturday lunch. The menu is large and varied. We both had starters, nachos and pate both very average. Mains, wife ordered goats cheese tart told its no longer on menu so she had a tomato pasta which turned out to be penne with thick tomato soup poured over in a small bowl. The food... More 

1 Thank Bob H
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116 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

Was disappointed on this visit to this pub/restaurant, atmosphere is quite good & staff are friendly & helpful, the food was hot & well cooked. The service however was really slow! Waited approximately 30mins from ordering to delivery of food, & it wasn't even that busy. I was also a bit surprised at the cost for hat is basically pub... More 

2 Thank David E
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Ordered a fillet steak rare quite simple for a average chef you might think but sadly not the case way over done chewed it for ten mins payed and got away!!! first and last visit but I suppose what do you want for £22.50

1 Thank will N
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

I have visited many times. The food is always good but the service is always slow. Tonight was approx 4 tables served by approx four staff. Still we wait. It's always the case.

Thank James N
G0ldenLi0n, Manager at Golden Lion, responded to this review

Unfortunately unlike chain pubs, our meals are cooked freshly to order and are not kept in hot holding awaiting an order to come into the kitchen. This does make our food take a little longer to prepare. It does clearly state on our menu that our meals will take 20-30 minutes to be freshly prepared and can be longer during... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$27
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:30
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Dunston Road, Hartlepool TS26 0EN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Durham  >  Hartlepool
  • Phone Number: +44 1429 867100
The Golden Lion has the largest thatched roof in the north of England with working open coal fires and bespoke oak furniture. We pride ourselves with friendly staff and fresh food cooked on site by our talented chefs, no ready made meals here! Independantly owned by a family from the town we are a freehold business stocking real ale, an extensive single malt collection and fine wines as well as your usual draught products. We are open from 9am Monday to Saturday serving breakfast, lunch and dinner then from 9am Sundays serving breakfast till 11.30am and our traditional roasts 12 til 6pm. (Some might say we serve the best coffee in the town, or even the north east!)The current climate hasn't seemed to effect us as we are getting busier week by week from opening in 2005. It is great to see new and old faces each day! In 2014 we opened The Lion's Den on the first floor, our stylish wedding and event venue. Speak to our event coordinators for more details!

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?