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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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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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The Lion Inn Main Road, Chelmsford CM3 3JA, England
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1 - 10 of 1,585 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Took some clients for a business dinner they really enjoyed the place food was good and the place is always busy

Thank Martino B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited today just after 2 for lunch. We waited several minutes to be seated, and began to feel rather awkward, with several staff around, but ignoring us. I smiled at one waitress stood at the bar, but was ignored. When we were finally 'greeted'...More

Thank ChrissyPar17
Reviewed 6 days ago

Good food and very staff. But we found the noise and bustle in the enormous dining area such that we would not return. A shame as it does its core activity well.

Thank robinhbishop
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had our works Christmas meal here and it was fantastic. We have had many over the years but the quality and service here was by far the best we have ever had. Thank you we will definitely be back next year.

Thank mandys272
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an ideal place for people on the go and for families. It is bustling and not a quiet place but I like it like that anyway. The steak is always tender .We have been here many times and our favourite is minute steak...More

1  Thank Jill S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came for lunch and was served promptly. Had mussels for main, really tasty and plump! My sister had the burger, it was slightly over cooked considering she’d asked for it medium but still tasty. Service was good, friendly waitresses. It’s not a place I would...More

Thank Loueth101
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It may not be a restaurant were you get your food yourself but it is well worth the wait. You will experience an amazing serve of food with the most friendly staff.

Thank 123lee10
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love the food here but you can't book unless you have a big party so be prepared to sometimes wait. On Sundays the restaurant can be a bit loud and noisey but it's a lovely family restaurant and the food is always excellent

Thank Elaine F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Second time visiting here. Last time was dinner with friends but this time we were staying for a family wedding reception. The reception itself was lovely and the room in which we stayed was gorgeous. Would recommend staying here for a little get away. We...More

Thank Bubbless92
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We're regular early evening eaters and The Lion never disappoints - tried the rack of ribs last week..delish!!

Thank Patsyann26
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Questions & Answers
Megan B
25 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.
Andy E
6 November 2016|
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Response from jmirams | Property representative |
Hi Andy We offer a walk-in services for parties of less than 10. However, if your party is 10 or more we'd be happy to make a booking for you depending upon availability on the given day. Best contact for any booking or... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 40
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
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, 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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