We booked a table at the Lion for a meal during our stay in Settle and can say this is the first bad review I have ever entered on your site but with just cause.
We booked our table for 5.30 and after we had avoided the dog being seen to in reception we were shown to our table. Immediately ( big priority) we were asked about drinks which were brought over straight away We were given the menu and I asked for the market menu which is advertised on a board at the door. This was 5.33 and the young lady who was serving us said she would have to go and check if it was still on. Yes it is on as is says on the board till 6pm. She brought the market menu and left us sitting for another fifteen minutes without a thought of coming to see what we wanted to order. Meanwhile the manageress didnt give us a glance she was more concerned with the dog, clearing tables outside and finding a stock of candles and holders and dealing with a complaint from a guest about other guest. We heard everything that was being said. Then the guest was asked in a loud voice. ARE YOU SURE. It wasnt very nice atmosphere..
Everntually I caught the girls eye and she came over to take our order. We thought she was waiting till 6pm so that she could say the market menu was no longer available. I chose from the market menu. What a mistake!!!!!!!!My pate arrived nearly needed a magnifying mirror to find it on my plate as well as the butter which was the size of a rountrees pastel. My husband's chicken arrived and I must say it looked good and he said it was ok. Although the sauce was more like milk than anything else - but at least he had a dinner. I ordered a ploughman's for my main - big mistake. It arrived on a chopping board - limp lettuce, two small bits of cheese, half a tomato, salsa and a small slice of bread and a pickled onion and dont forget the butter. I asked for more butter. Thankfully the butter came in a ramakin which I was able to use for the onion which was rotten all the way through. The waiter who showed us to our table came and asked about our meal. Words failed me.............How can anyone send this sort of food out of a kitchen. Speaking to locals later in the evening they were not surprised. They no longer go to the Lion because they have been disappointed too many times. If in settle give this place a wide bearth.
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