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The Lion Inn

The Lion Inn Main Road, Chelmsford CM3 3JA, England
+44 1245 394900
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“duck fat chips” (24 reviews)
“skate wing” (18 reviews)
“pie” (44 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
The Lion Inn Main Road, Chelmsford CM3 3JA, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

VERY Busy night. Staff 10/10 Atmosphere 10/10 Food 10/10 After so many disappointing nights out to restaurants in Chelmsford lately this place is how it should be everywhere!

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 4 days ago

We visit this restaurant at least once a month, there is always a good ambience, and the food is always excellent. It is always busy form very early in the evening and unfortunately they do not take bookings. However, they do seat you as quickly...More

Thank Sayitasitis2018
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here yesterday for a birthday treat with the family. We all enjoyed our meals and even though it was packed we didn’t have to wait long. I recommend the sea bass and the fish pie and the haddock and chips. Lovely atmosphere and lovely...More

Thank janetmiller162
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great restaurant, good food and good service recommended. Get there early to avoid a wait on being seating

1  Thank paul h
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here today because they serve food all day and you can't book ahead. We had a drink at the bar and before we'd finished it we were shown to our table. The children found things they wanted and we chose Irish Stew and...More

Thank robadobabob
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely place! Good food and atmosphere. Only thing was we asked for the kids meal with our starters and they didn’t. But still nice.

Thank Laura T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A huge main dining area so it does get extremely noisy, particularly in the evening. But we went at lunchtime and asked for a quieter table and we were able to chat without needing to shout. You write your own order and hand it in...More

Thank loreli2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First visit to this establishment which came highly recommended by friends. We had the private room for a birthday meal. The food and service were excellent. The vegetable portions were huge, loads of triple cooked chips and the creamiest mash.

Thank VivAnn73
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always an amazing meal and great service at the lion. Even though sometimes you have to wait a little for a table it's totally worth it!

Thank Fsisto
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Lion Inn friday 26th jan in the evening whilst staying with friends in the area who always rave about the place. We can most certainly see why. Myself and my wife had a wonderful meal, she had the steak which was perfectly...More

Thank rhs1972
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Questions & Answers
Linda B
15 January 2018|
Response from Kgellis | Reviewed this property |
They only allow bookings for 10 plus but from memory I’m not aware of such a large round table- they are always accommodating so I would contact them to ask
Megan B
24 April 2017|
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Response from jmirams | Property representative |
Hello Our dress code is smart/casual so smart jeans are acceptable - however suits and dresses are not out of place either. Hope this helps.
Judith P
14 February 2017|
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Response from jmirams | Property representative |
We are about 30 mins from the racecourse.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$42
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
Groups, Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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
Whether you are with us for lunch or dinner, we provide a friendly, vibrant atmosphere amongst very eclectic surroundings.
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