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The Lion Inn

) #11 of 291 Restaurants in Chelmsford $$ - $$$ , British,
The Lion Inn Main Road, Chelmsford CM3 3JA, England
+44 1245 394900
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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

Staying overnight , lovely rooms . Food of good standard , calimari to start excellent , steak with duck fat chips good . Colleague had crime brûlée and said was fantastic Recommended if in the area

Thank Iain T
Reviewed 3 days ago

very good food and service. Wide variety. When they seat you you write your own order from the menu and take it up to the bar. Interesting. Very worth the visit, only issue is that you cannot book in advance! I guess during the week...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I went to The Lion on Sat 15th July for my friends 50th birthday. We had a private room for a meal and drinks. I think anything you picked off the menu would be delicious. The service was 5* and its within a lovely setting...More

Thank Rodders820
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Delicious meal as always even on a busy Sunday. Haven't been disappointed yet. Well run kitchen and waiting staff. Always a pleasure to dine there

Thank jfwsw
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had heard about the Lion Inn from a lot of friends who recommended it. We wont be making a second visit. The food was good - what we would expect from a gastro pub and the service was good, although there was quite a...More

Thank Kathrynwiki
Reviewed 6 days ago

The food let The Lion Inn down in my opinion and in the opinion of my two colleagues; we had looked forward to eating here; a recommendation, but we were sorely disappointed with the food, which was mediocre - at best! I have had much...More

Thank Carol S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really good atmosphere. Food and service great..have been several times over the years..visited again today for the first time in quite a while..was reminded how nice it is. Lovely lunch. Lovely food..not to expensive.. enjoy

Thank markabitoby1974
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a fantastic way to spend an evening. We had a coffee and a dessert in the restaurant a few weeks ago and it was nothing short of epic so we didn't hesitate to see what the BBQ evening could offer. The band Cashcows, were...More

Thank Said A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having visited the function suite for the first time last week I was keen to return to try the main pub. The staff were friendly and professional, and rectified errors in the order quickly. The portion sizes are large and the food is OK. Good...More

Thank Honest-John1985
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed a lovely lunch. Steak cooked to perfection. Overnight stay with a yummy Breakfast - perfect!

Thank Topaz1975
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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
USD 20 - USD 39
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
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
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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