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The Lion Inn

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The Lion Inn Main Road, Chelmsford CM3 3JA, England
+44 1245 394900
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London, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Meal for 5 As you can imagine the restaurant was absolutely packed but this did not impact the service or the food The menu has plenty of choice fantastic bar with craft beers extensive wine list The food was unbelievable if your in Essex go to the lion you will not be disappointed One of the best places I've been... More 

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Thank chipdechat
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What can I say? This place was brilliant today. Lovely food, great service, brilliant lively atmosphere. The staff work so hard trying to please everyone. We will be back...

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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Came here for my nan in laws birthday lunch we were sat promptly found it a bit strange we had to write our own order down but no massive problem staff were friendly and helpful food was amazing only down side was it was extremely loud and being with our nan we had to repeat ourselves several times its a... More 

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Thank marybugg
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Took my mum here for spot of lunch really nice surroundings, staff friendly & efficient, menu choice not huge but we quite liked that as didn't sit there dithering about with wot to order did have a good selection of specials and I guess they change on regular basis, the smaller meal options were great for ppl with not a... More 

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Thank Monkeyb40
Hullbridge, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Turned up Friday at 12.15, had not booked, four of us were amazed at the amount of cars in the large car park, but still spaces left. Got a table straight away. Friendly helpful staff. Ordered our drinks and food, which was very freshly and promptly cooked and brought to us. Lovely food, piping hot, could not fault it. Staff... More 

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Thank RogerToad
Essex
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The standard of food is very good, but the menu is in dire need of an overhaul - I don't think the menu has changed since the place opened over 10 years ago - and that goes for the specials board as well!!! The skate wing has never come off the specials board and however good it is (it is)... More 

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Thank fedupChelmsford
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Arranged a family meal to celebrate my Daughters engagement, we had 9 people and whilst we couldn't book on a Saturday, we were seated immediately on arrival. The food was of excellent quality, reasonably priced and the service was excellent. The only negative was the atmosphere was loud, but we probably added further to the noise.

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Thank bigdaveh1956
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Late Sunday lunch with friends. As expected it was very busy and we had a wait for a table, but since we all got a drink at the bar this wasn't a problem. We were seated well within the expected waiting time. We only ordered mains and it took about an hour to get our food; we had to get... More 

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Thank zoe l
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

From the moment the friendly staff greet you, through the prompt efficient service and consistently great grub (steaks, pies and fish) make this place a winner.

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Thank DaisyBlueDay
Braintree, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First visit to this restaurant, I had heard good things. You cannot book which I think is a bit of an inconvenience particularly when you know a Saturday night will be extremely busy! It was! You put your name down and then hope the staff remember what you look like to find you when your table is ready. The bar... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$19 - US$37
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Lion Inn Main Road, Chelmsford CM3 3JA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Chelmsford
  • Phone Number: +44 1245 394900
Description
Whether you are with us for lunch or dinner, we provide a friendly, vibrant atmosphere amongst very eclectic surroundings.

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