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The Golden Lion

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28 High Street, Fareham PO16 7AE, England
+44 1329 234061
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Braintree, Essex
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were staying at The Trafalgar Guest House opposite and was advised by them that this pub allows dogs. Very friendly staff, made a fuss of the dogs and brought out a bowl of water for them. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced. Would definitely return for drinks and a meal when next in the area.

Thank esesbee
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42 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came in for dinner and pints. We were not disappointed with the venison, the rabbit stew or the lamb dishes. We came on the recommendation of locals, it was a good night.

Thank Jason F
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had dropped off our daughter at the rail station and decided to have a spot of lunch. I looked in at this pub and liked what I saw. We had never been before. Two ladies were behind the bar and gave us a warm welcome. We both had ham egg and chips but I was disappointed... More 

Thank Daytripper366
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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1,603 reviews
719 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 413 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It feels like a country pub in a side street in a town centre. They had a good specials board and had newspapers to read.

Thank Ed E
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Wednesday night for a curry,was good so booked a table for Thursday. Ordered at 7.30pm, 1 fish & chips, 1 Lasagna. 8.00, first apologies, would be about 10 minutes. 8.15 another apology and an offer of a free drink, not wanted, just wanted to eat. Finally at 8.25 our meals arrived, not impressed with brown, soft chips and fish in... More 

3 Thank Michael H
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Service is good at the Golden Lion with accurate estimates of waiting time. We went for a quick bite to eat. We didn't have any complaints we got what we were expecting -pub food,after all it is a pub. The food is better than the formula chains such as Harvester as it actually tastes of something. I would recommend this... More 

Thank Dave T
United Kingdom
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95 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

A return trip to part with my cash in spite of management telling me to 'stay at home', because last time I didn't say it was great. British hospitality has to try to learn to take on board comments if they are to have any chance of survival in face of a two week trip to Turkey for £200. Sour... More 

Thank clubworldzilla
Sandra C, Owner at The Golden Lion, responded to this review

Hello - I was only wondering the other day when your anti-British head would rise again in Fareham, I have warned all of my colleagues to watch out for your so-called reviews of their businesses - so sorry you seem to have not actually managed to visit the right pub yet again as your last review of my business confirmed... More 

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86 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Last minute booking with a friend for a catch up. Amazing home made fish pie, and freshly cooked vegetables. So nice to go to a pub where they serve home cooked food at a reasonable price. They also serve excellent coffee and the service was very friendly. Well worth a visit.

Thank sezayi52
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Arrived midday, poor heating, no atmosphere, meals very poor, not as described, poorly cooked, slow service

2 Thank bazzerHampshire
Portchester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

First time at the Golden Lion, live local and it was recommended. Did the main and pudding deal for £11. The roast was very good and enjoyable. We both had apple crumble and custard for pudding. Worse crumble ever had at a pub. Thin layer of soggy crumble, no crunch at all, very heavy. Sadly the pudding really let it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$24
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 28 High Street, Fareham PO16 7AE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Fareham
  • Phone Number: +44 1329 234061
The Golden Lion is in Fareham's historic High Street, a conservation area in the borough of Fareham. We hope you enjoy your experience in our Traditional English Pub. We would be delighted to receive any comments, good or constructive in order that we may build upon and improve our business.

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