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The Lion

#41 of 1,253 Restaurants in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
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19 Church Lane | Cliftonwood, Bristol BS8 4TX, England
+44 7867 796961
15:00 - 00:00
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Sun 12:00 - 23:00
Mon - Fri 15:00 - 00:00
Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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119 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The lion rightly takes pride in the level of service it provides. The staff are outstanding - every single member of the team is friendly, engaging, and genuinely welcoming. The result is a real local's feel, but totally inclusive and open to all-comers. The menu is top pub fare - a great selection of burgers (beef, falafel, mushroom, you choose... More 

Thank Timothy N
Bristol, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Can't fault it - staff all very helpful and kind and enthusiastic. Went with a newborn and in laws - another table was found best for our needs. I cannot eat may foods while breatsfeeding my son and they had many gluten free and vegan options and also gave me a fantastic roast dinner free from nuts/egg/soya/dairy and gluten and... More 

Thank hully13
Seaton, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I cannot speak highly enough of this great venue. It was my nephew's birthday and he wanted the family to join him for Sunday lunch. The food was superb! We all had a mixture of meals, lamb, beef and the veg options. I had the veg and it was exceptional. I am trying to eat a more plant based diet... More 

Thank ggheath
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went to Bristol for a solo trip in March and the first evening I went to this pub cause I read they have vegan options. It was Sunday and I had a huge and delicious Sunday Roast and the apple crumble with icecream, everything was vegan and super yummy. The atmosphere is cosy and relaxed and I loved the... More 

Thank Agnese P
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wanted to try somewhere different so through the power of Google opted for an evening at the Lion. What a find, really cosy and lively atmosphere, the food was just amazing I had the mushroom burger and my other half had a beef burger. The owners made us feel so welcome.....we've booked for the family in April for my birthday....can't... More 

Thank Yvette C
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We went here because of all the great reviews. We weren't disappointed excellent sunday roast with excellent desserts we will definitely go back again and again. What was also excellent and made a great lunch even better was how friendly and chatty and general fab all the staff were.

Thank J00lyp00ly
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55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

This was our first visit to this pub which is tucked away in a residential area. We were not disappointed the food was very well presented huge portions and very tasty and cooked to an excellent standard. The sweet menu was also very good with a good selection and tasted delightful. All the staff were extremely customer focused and were... More 

Thank Karen S
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

A warm welcome, great atmosphere, fine choice of ale, wine and gin and a superb Sunday lunch. A gem amongst pubs.

Thank Ali H
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

The miracle of this place is that they can cook and serve excellent food, on time, when the pub is packed with people. Good options for Sunday roast dinner, including vegetarian, and 3 real ales available. The family who own the pub are very friendly, and despite being very busy, seem to have plenty of time to chat. It's a... More 

Thank Jeremy T
Newbury, United Kingdom
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200 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Came here on a Saturday lunchtime with friends that live locally who had reserved a table. Wales vs Scotland 6 nations on TV so great atmosphere. Impressive choice on menu with extensive selection of burgers (Wallace and Gromet burger recommended) . Food did take a while to come but this is a pub so who cares. Burgers were gourmet (made... 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$ 4 - US$ 15
Pub, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 00:00
15:00 - 00:00
15:00 - 00:00
15:00 - 00:00
15:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19 Church Lane | Cliftonwood, Bristol BS8 4TX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Bristol
  • Phone Number: +44 7867 796961
Hard to find cosy and jolly pub in Cliftonwood Bristol serving homemade food Tuesday to Saturday and scrummy lunches on Sunday.

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