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The oldest pub in Pagham dating back to the early 15th century, with a welcoming and inviting atmosphere. Being known as one the best restaurants in the local are we cater for all needs, with our gluten free, vegetarian and kids options as well as a wide range of meat, pasta and fish dishes on our main menus and special boards there is something for everyone! Our chef can also whip up a varity of vegan dishes with notice. If it is just a drink or two that you fancy we have both a lougne and public bar for your comfort with a wide range of drinks available. We also have a beautiful log fire for those cold winter eveings and a beer garden for when the sun is shining!
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
British, Pub
FEATURES
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Our party of 10 booked a table a week or so before and expected to be split up as it was a late booking. On the contrary, we had our own little ‘nook’ that was perfect. We all ordered the Sunday roast, some lamb, some...beef, some pork or a combination. The food was absolutely delicious! The bonus was the fantastic vegetables. I’ve honestly never seen such a collection in a restaurant before: broccoli, cauliflower cheese, roasted carrots, spring greens, peas, broad beans, Pearl onions, mashed swede, fabulous roast potatoes and superb Yorkshire puds. The waiting staff was fabulous too. With drinks and three desserts (that were huge) the bill came to £188. For 10 people I thought that was incredibly reasonable. I wholeheartedly recommend The Lion.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I think the third time we've been. We have relatives who live locally and come down from Surrey. It's excellent every time, fine menu's food and service. Sticky tables is the only criticism,

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Returned to my favourite place for dinner tonight with some friends. The lion always offers such an amazing choice of starters mains and desserts. Always something for everyone. I always struggle to choose as there is so much to choose from. Tonight I chose the...skate wing with dauphinois potatoes and a wonderful selection of fresh vegetables. My friends chose the salmon fillet off the specials board and the vegetarian mushroom linguine. Everything was cooked to perfection and served by friendly attentive staff. Sadie and Lola were excellent waitresses and nothing was too much trouble.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 25 April 2024 via mobile

We stayed at church farm for five days we went to the loin on the first evening and had such a lovely meal went back on the last was looked after by Jackie nothing was to much trouble.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 21 April 2024

After a very difficult day, my three daughters and I arrived back in Pagham, it was my youngest daughters birthday and we had been to Taunton and back for a funeral. We desperately needed some where to dine, the first pub had just taken in...a party of 25 and there would be delay, the second pub was busy but had closed the kitchen, so we ended up at the Lion, we were welcomed and a table was laid for us and we then went on to enjoy the most delicious food, the menu's were astonishing and they had my favourite white wine. My daughters and I are world travellers, in fact one daughter lives on the Algarve and had flown in just the day before. We all agreed that the Lion is to be congratulated and we wish them many more years of good service. Peter CampbellMore

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Reviewed 14 April 2024 via mobile

New to area and decided to try Sunday lunch - wow it was hot hot hot and so tasty, great selection of mixed vetables. Puddings were delicious as well… just wanted to say a bit Thank You to friendly staff, the chef & kitchen… totally...enjoyable.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 8 April 2024

An amazing characterful venue awaited us at the Lion - our first trip here on the first day of our holidays at nearby Chichester Lakeside. The menu was extensive from traditional roasts and scampi and chips, thriugh to monkfish curry, whole mackerel and lamb shanks....Appeared v well catered for gluten intolerants, and a kids menu too. Booking essential I think. The foid portions were big and all very tasty, and at reasonable prices too. Plenty of choice at the bar and we fully recommend, and will return on our next visit.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 27 March 2024

Great welcome Superb service Food so delicious Portions HUGE Price very reasonable We were there for a birthday lunch and it really made a great day

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 24 March 2024

Family had raved about the Sunday lunch I don’t. There were 3 potatoes all rock hard! The beef was red and the knife wouldn’t cut it The vegetables were all heaped in one dish Would be going for Sunday lunch again. No

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 10 March 2024 via mobile

Chose one of my favourite restaurants for my Mother’s Day meal with my daughter and granddaughter. I made sure I booked several weeks in advance as know the lion gets booked up very quickly due to it being the best and most popular pub in...Pagham. I had the fish cake on a mango salsa salad for starter and my daughter had the hummus with roasted lamb and pitta bread. For mains I had the chicken in mushroom and champagne sauce with roast potatoes yorkie and the award winning veg they always serve. My daughter had roast beef which melted in the mouth. My granddaughter had the excellent value children’s meal. Such a fantastic meal with the usual excellent service. Can’t wait for my next visitMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 5 March 2024

An incredible dinner, the best fillet steak I’ve ever tasted! The staff were so friendly and accommodating, I also had my son with me and they were amazing with him and looked after him so well. Had 3 courses, and honestly can’t fault any part...of it. Service was good and reasonably priced - highly recommend!!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 5 March 2024

Wonderful dinner once again! Had a T Bone steak from the specials board and was cooked perfectly! And even better- they had an Elvis tribute act which was so good and we stayed until it finished! I’m looking forward to the next tribute act in...April. Thanks to the staff for looking after us!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 25 February 2024 via mobile

I cannot recommend the Lion highly enough. Firstly the main menu; offering plenty of choice of traditional favourites alongside added seasonal dishes. Then there are the specials and it is impossible to choose…….. Guy the chef finds a great balance between the modern English dishes...and more eclectic mix of French, Italian, Indian and Asian inspired dishes. The food is served hot, freshly cooked and with a smile. And is delicious and extremely well priced. I have paid three times more for meals in gastro pubs and ‘fine dining’ restaurants that have offered nowhere near the quality of food that I have eaten at The Lion. Exceptional 🙏More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 22 February 2024

10/10 food Always come here and always first class service. Amazing food all the time without fail! Lovely local!! Best pub in pagham

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 15 February 2024 via mobile

My husband booked a surprise visit to our favourite pub in West Sussex the lion for valentines . Wow beautiful table set up . Lovely singer to made it even more special . so much food which was absolutely delicious . We had to take...the yummy desert home we were so full . Fabulous evening with fabulous service by chloe and the best bar nan around David . Best valentines ever Thank-you the lion .More

Date of visit: February 2024
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The Lion is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4