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The Black Lion Inn

$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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Babell, Holywell CH8 8PZ, Wales
01352 721008
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Old Colwyn, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Booked with some friends for Sunday lunch as it was mid way for us all. The place does not look particularly inviting from the outside but looks are deceptive. We were a party of four and the restaurant looked to be quite full. The menu choice on a Sunday is a standard Sunday lunch menu with a few choices for... More 

2 Thank Mark R
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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605 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 323 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Black Lion is a lovely, unpretentious place where you're assured of a warm welcome. We have eaten here on several occasions and will be going back regularly. The food is delicious, fresh and well cooked. The service is warm and friendly. Plenty of parking too. Book ahead in season as this place is likely to be very busy.

Bodelwyddan, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Excellent food, really well cooked, chef knows what he is doing. Service also great, an excellent Valentine's meal. Will be visiting again.

Thank Superimplicate
Llandudno, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

As an avid visitor of the Black with it's prior management we thought we would give it a go under the new ones. We booked a table for 8.15, the first disappointment was that the menu we were given at the table was a different one as advertised on the website so having chosen prior to going half the choices... More 

3 Thank kat1212017
Conwy, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Awyrgylch hyfryd, lle deniadol, cysurus a chroesawgar. Y bwyd yn hyfryd, hyd yn oed wrth iddyn nhw ddelio gyda chriw mawr ohonom (Parti Nadolig y gwaith! Diolch yn fawr. / A lovely atmosphere, attractive decor, comfortable and welcoming. The food was great, even though they had to deal with a large party (workplace Xmas Party!) Many thanks.

Thank Gill S
Holywell, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Following on from an excellent evening meal, we went back to sample the Sunday Lunch and were not disappointed!! Three courses, both had crayfish is start, a novel twist on the standard prawn cocktail! One Roast Beef and one Roast Pork! Both plentiful and tastefully presented! Food as good as the presentation! Dessert consisted chocolate brownies, again really enjoyable!!

Thank Hodgie55
Hamilton, Bermuda
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53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

We ate at The Black two weekends ago. Sharing plater to start and mains of slow roasted belly pork stuffed with haggis and fillet steak. Everything cooked beautifully, steak on of the best I've tasted in a long time and the whiskey sauce with the pork was out of this world. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, orders... More 

Thank willow1968
Connah's Quay, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

A couple of friends and I decided to have a pre-Christmas get together and after hearing a few nice reports we decided to go here. The restaurant was fully booked as there was a party in that night so we booked a table in the bar. We were well looked after all night. Although the bar menu is not very... More 

Thank Claire W
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

I went here for my friends birthday and have to say the service was first class and the food tasted brilliant and was some of largest portions I have every seen, I would certainly go again.

Thank Matthew H
North Wales
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Amazing menu,could have chosen anything from menu. Great value for money, great staff and new owners are fantastic!

2 Thank NorthWalian

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Babell, Holywell CH8 8PZ, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  North Wales  >  Flintshire  >  Holywell  >  Babell
  • Phone Number: 01352 721008

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?