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Pub, Gastropub, Bar, British
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed 17 December 2023

Great atmosphere, friendly staff, choice of drink and lovely food. The roast dinner is to die for. I have been here on many occasions for watford match days as well. The service and standards are the same when ever I go 👍🏼

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 25 June 2023 via mobile

Really ashamed about this pub… as soon as I walked in the staff were rude. I asked poilety for a drink and the landlord has a rude attitude about him, and said with a loud voice, MONEY NOW! Never going here again. You get a...better pub in an council estate than this place.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 18 February 2023

There’s a nice friendly vibe here with a pleasant interior and good seating. The dart board is a great addition too! Good range of drinks, decent prices and friendly staff means I’d happily return!

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 12 February 2023 via mobile

A pub in a lovely setting but don’t be fooled the staff are awful and their policies are discriminatory - we visited yesterday being in Watford for the weekend and were turfed out and refused to be served on the basis we were a group...of middle fed men from the north!it’s the only pub to have been like this over the weekend and I wouldn’t mind it wasn’t even busy! Just to discriminate a group of men like they did was shocking just because there is a football match in the town there is also a rugby game in the city! The staff epitomises how southern people can be seen by northerners, rude and offensive and lacking common decency - I urge everyone to give this pub a miss and walk across the road where you will be met with a smile and open arms no matter who you are or where you are from!More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 16 January 2023

Our first chance to revisit the Lion since 2015, John and his team were great a very busy Saturday lunchtime service but everyone was served quickly and efficiently and even found time to have a quick chat. However due to the reason for our visit...it will be unlikely we will see the team again for a while with Watford looking ok for promotion and Blackpool not doing well. Thanks for the hospitality and hope to see you again in 23/24More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 3 October 2022

The food is only limited to pizzas in the week the beer is ok. They have a large smoking area at the back of the pub with parking . A great friendly pub.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 18 September 2022 via mobile

Went here to catch some basic local pub food, unfortunately I arrived after the kitchen was closed. But what I did find is a vintage local pub. Lots of different types of draft beer. Old style ambience. Very friendly people.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 13 September 2021

Brilliant pub - we were down for the night and were made to feel very welcome by the landlord. He stayed and had a chat with us even when we were the only people left in the pub. Would recommend to anyone in the area...looking for a good drink in a friendly atmosphere. Cheers John! From Laura and Lewis from NottinghamMore

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 15 January 2020 via mobile

Top Pommy pub.. great food, excellent service and true pub atmosphere. We wanted a true British Pub experience before we flew home to Australia and we weren’t disappointed. The guv is the nicest bloke I’ve met in the uk.. cheers and will be back one...day for those 10 pints..More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 1 December 2019

Nice pub with a garden at the back. friendly staff.. Very basic boring food. Nice place for big groups.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 11 August 2019

This is a great pub with a friendly and quick bar team, great selection of draught beers and Ales. The landlord John is great character and always has a warm welcome, the beer garden at the back is fantastic for the hot weather we have...at the moment. It also has covered outdoor area and plenty of seats inside, all very clean and well maintainedMore

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 26 May 2019

Popped in for the first time yesterday was pretty decent good atmosphere, a little expensive but overall not bad.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 15 May 2019 via mobile

In Watford on business so thought I would visit some of the real pub, all in the cause of research you understand. The Golden Lion had some good write ups, had being the operative word. No other real ale being available I had the Golden...Lion house ale - and what an insipid, watered down sample of toilet water it was. Left the pint after 2 sips and then left the pub. Maybe I caught it them in an off night. The pub itself is pleasant enough, staff friendly so will try again on my next visit. Will let you know how I get on.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

Brilliant pub with a great landlord , working away & John the landlord couldn’t be mot helpful & the food & atmosphere is excellent can’t wait to work in Watford again will definitely be returning, aka Leicester lads

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

Stayed in watford me and my partner as we visited the town looked on trip adviser and seen this. And what a great place it was on a warm day the beer garden is big and very good to catch the sun, the girl behind...the bar was friendly and helpful. I would def visit again if in this area.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Hi there, We have a car park to the rear. Booking at lunch is advisable on sunny days as it gets very busy! Give us a call on 01923 246824 :) thanks Golden Lion Team
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Golden Lion is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4