The Lion is a little gem of a pub, hidden away in Clifton Wood. The pub itself is pretty ancient, 200 years plus, and is set within some of Bristol finest Victorian terraced housing.
Comfortably renovated inside, the pub is a family run business that oozes charm and class. From the moment you arrive you are greeted and welcomed into the cosy interior, fires crackling in the background, and the staff are friendly and attentive throughout your time. We were served by the bar manager (I believe) who was entertaining and friendly throughout our meal, putting in that extra bit of effort to make us feel appreciated. You are not just a cover in this pub.
The building itself is more than roomy enough for a local pub. It has a separate dining area and a small garden to the rear as well as ample seating around the bar. The décor is simple and comfortable. All they need is a pub dog asleep in front of the fire.
The food is equally impressive. For the price this is one of the best roasts on offer in Bristol. The move away from traditional roast potatoes, you still get one, to Dauphinoise Potatoes was a subject of much debate, however we all left very happy and full. Puddings sadly didn’t get a look in as we didn’t have the room.
The Lion is a very popular local pub as well as being on the map for Sunday lunches. I’d advise booking in advance for your roast and going there with an appetite for great food and even better service.
19 Church Lane, Bristol BS8 4TX