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The Lion Inn

The Lion Inn Main Road, Chelmsford CM3 3JA, England
+44 1245 394900
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pie” (38 reviews)
“fish” (48 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
The Lion Inn Main Road, Chelmsford CM3 3JA, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great atmosphere and food. Service fast and efficient. Always busy so a good vibe. Went for our friend’s birthday and it didn’t disappoint

Thank Nick F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped by for lunch and was very very impressed. 3 Pie of The Day and a Fish and Chips were ordered - all the dishes were so tasty and served by smiling attentive staff. Desserts and coffee finished off a fantastic lunch. Would definitely go...More

Thank Hullguy1971
Reviewed 1 week ago

Family lunch. The place is like an airport. Huge and noisy. Service shocking. My 'duck fat chips' were so over cooked there was no potato left in the middle. I tried to be very subtle at the table, other people like to ignore these things....More

1  Thank chaplondon
jmirams, Manager at The Lion Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Good feedback is welcome. However, no-one gets it right all the time and constructive criticism is just as welcome. Unfortunately none of your comments, at best, could be described as such and at worst are misleading. As a general philosophy, providing great service to our...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

They don't allow you to book a table, which means you have to wait a long time for one to come free - we waited 50 minutes, which is far too long but apparently the norm if you want to eat here. Once we were...More

Thank Christine I
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food is always good here, although service can be slow especially on a busy day. It's a big area with plenty of tables making it ideal for larger parties.

Thank Sarah I
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food great atmosphere. You know when a pub is good when it's always busy. I've always loved all of Spines restaurants when it comes to food he knows what he's doing.

Thank Rebecca P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really busy and buzzy atmosphere, food is good although you do have to wait quite a while to get a table at peak times and can't book but all part of the feel.

Thank Clarissa40
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked a party of 10 for my Dad's 60th birthday and were not disappointed! Delicious gastro pub food, beautiful setting but more importantly incredible service. Despite it being a busy bank holiday Sunday (with a wedding and a hen party also taking place!) the...More

Thank danJ188MS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took my wife the the lion as it is relatively local for us. We were welcomed by a very pleasant chap on the door. We were told there was a 45 minute wait for a table so we were ushered to the bar to get...More

Thank Mike R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place! Excellent food always!! Great atmosphere for new year. Will definitely return for more occasions in future!!

Thank Alexa C
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Questions & Answers
Megan B
25 April 2017|
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Response from jmirams | Property representative |
Hello Our dress code is smart/casual so smart jeans are acceptable - however suits and dresses are not out of place either. Hope this helps.
Judith P
14 February 2017|
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Response from jmirams | Property representative |
We are about 30 mins from the racecourse.
Andy E
6 November 2016|
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Response from jmirams | Property representative |
Hi Andy We offer a walk-in services for parties of less than 10. However, if your party is 10 or more we'd be happy to make a booking for you depending upon availability on the given day. Best contact for any booking or... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$41
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Lion Inn Main Road, Chelmsford CM3 3JA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Chelmsford
  • Phone Number: +44 1245 394900
Whether you are with us for lunch or dinner, we provide a friendly, vibrant atmosphere amongst very eclectic surroundings.
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