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“Distinctly Average”
Review of The Golden Lion

The Golden Lion
Price range: US$4 - US$11
Description: Great Value traditional but in the heart of barnard castle. The oldest pub in barnard castle with a few quirky features
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Description: Great Value traditional but in the heart of barnard castle. The oldest pub in barnard castle with a few quirky features
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Distinctly Average”
Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

Hmmmm. Not bad, but could be better. Came in as a family with 4 adults and 4 kids. This flummoxed the staff as we wanted 'challenge' meals. No steak for the mammoth mixed grill. Lacking other bits and pieces. Two meals came out then quite a wait for the others. When they arrived they were nice, but nothing to write home about. Lights were flickering in and off during our visit. I would come again, but with lowered expectations.

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8 Thank Scott D
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Marstonsbrewery, Manager at The Golden Lion, responded to this review, 3 February 2015
Thank you for your time to write a review, during peak months with our limited kitchen space we did on occasion run out of food however we have looked into this and are now running at full speed we take everyones comments and look at improving.

the lights are something when the pub is built in 1679 does develop electrical hiccups from time to time unfortunatly we just have to live with this aspect of the old world charm.

we hope to see you again
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English first
Barnard Castle, United Kingdom
1 review
“:)”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

best pub in barney by far .. dave and sandra are mint :) very friendly and always made to feel welcome every time

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank paulow810
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Nomdolly, Manager at The Golden Lion, responded to this review, 12 August 2014
Cheers Paul

Thanks for your lovely comments it is people like you who make the job we do worth while

the minty duo

Sandra & dave
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Durham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Summer weekend away”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Lovely quirky Olde worlde coaching Inn. Nice beer garden. Excellent cask ales. Friendly & obliging hosts.

Visited July 2014
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Thank neilA_1960
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Nomdolly, Manager at The Golden Lion, responded to this review, 12 August 2014
Thanks for your kind words
we hope to see you and the family back here soon for some more fine ale.

enjoy what is left of the summer

Sandra & Dave
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Snodland, United Kingdom
1 review
“We found none better in Teesdale, and beyond”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Five minutes into our first visit to the Golden Lion, we felt we had made two new friends. Sandra an Dave are exactly what traditional publicans should be and simply make everybody feel at home.

The food is excellent and varied, served swiftly to be always at its best, and the prices are remarkably good.

During our two week holiday in the area, we ate there almost every day, and the Golden Lion was a very significant contributor to the best holiday we've had for many years.

Many thanks to all concerned.

Don & Winnie Thompson

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Dijit2014
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Nomdolly, Manager at The Golden Lion, responded to this review, 12 August 2014
Hi Don & Winnie

We do miis you guys and our Tikka Massala sales will never be the same again.

Hope they are treating you well back in kent

Be great to see you back here in the near future again we hope

Sandra & Dave
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“homely”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

Myself and my partner and our 4 kids called in for something to eat and a chill out and all i can say is the ambiance and feel of this old style pub is how all pubs should be .We where very pleasantly greeted and shown to a ample seating area that had that very homely feel so much so that my kids even took their shoes off and made them selves comfy . We proceeded to order to where we found the staff to be very helpful and friendly which just added to the hole experience would recommend this pub to anyone not just for food but even just to call in for a quick pint and some good company

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank colin e
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Nomdolly, Manager at The Golden Lion, responded to this review, 12 August 2014
Hi Colin e

So glad you and the kids had a nice visit and was great to see your mrs returning ... thanks to the kids for another meal.

hope the ferrets are well

Sandra & Dave
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