My wife and I ate here on a Wednesday night - never promising, particularly in a tiny town like Kington but, as a newish restaurant, a visit to The Lion was overdue. First impression was that it was a rather disjointed space there being dining areas to the right and left of the front door with an unoccupied bar area in the middle. We were seated in the front dining area a rather "tea-roomy" space where the tables were crammed together. Private conversation was, therefore, difficult and made even more so by a very loud party of ten which rather dominated the room.
Drinks came quickly but we waited 20 minutes for our starters to arrive - not good! My scallops were well cooked but almost cold and my wife's goat's cheese salad introduced the hazelnuts which were to feature elsewhere during the evening. My guinea fowl breast was beautifully cooked, well presented on a bed of bubble and squeak and served with a splendid jus. The fish stew, although very good, was an intimidating plateful providing enough sustenance for two people! I finished with a decent cheese platter which included more hazelnuts and senior management had a selection of ice creams which included, surprise, surprise, a hazelnut one! (Perhaps they over-ordered and were desperately trying to shift them?)
All in all pretty good food but the atmosphere, ambiance and service really need working on.
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