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“Great atmosphere, Quality and cost. ”
Review of The White Lion INN

The White Lion INN
Ranked #1 of 57 Restaurants in Leominster
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$12
Cuisines: Pub
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: The 3-6-9 Menu Has Gone Down A Storm - Hearty Home Cooked Food, Including Pub Favourites, Steak And Grill Classics And Light Bites. All With A Simple Pricing Structure - Just £3, £6 Or £9 Per Dish. Served Monday To Saturday.
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

My brother and I took our elderly mom for in her wheelchair for midday lunch.

It was spot on. Staff were professional, helpful and considerate. The menu was very varied to cater for all choices. The starters and main course were set at £3.95 and £6.95 respectfully. The quality and servings were ample and well presented.

An absolute ideal place to go. I will certainly be going again.

Thank Andy P
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Four of us went to have Mothering Su day lunch here for the first time. The tables were impressively laid out for occasion and service was excellent. Plenty of choice on the reasonbly priced menu. Food was to a high standard throughout. We will be returning again. Well worth a visit. Thankyou.

Thank Kevin A
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Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

We had 19 of us including lots of kids for lunch. The pub is not trying to be modern or fancy but the service from the start was great, offering me a taste of each of the ales so I could make an informed choice. Food was mainly home-cooked; I thought the veg options were better than the beef burger which I tried a bite of and thought it was dry. The excellent service throughout compensated for the very loud Arsenal fan swearing at the top of his voice as his team was beaten single-handedly by Harry Kane. The staff were starting with the footie fans (mid-day), then lots of us for lunch whilst 6 nations Rugby in the bar then a stag do was kicking off. What a day - they looked like they were up for it too! Thanks for looking after us so well x

Thank Tim P
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Reviewed 30 January 2018

Had a lovely well priced lunch with genuinely friendly service.
Good choices on menu at a fixed price

Thank Liz R
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Reviewed 28 January 2018

Our hearts sank walking in for an early lunch to the sight of three scruffy blokes propping up the bar, a strong smell of cleaning products and no food or other customers in sight. The partly separate dining area features unreconstructed 1970s pub decor of brown varnished wood and worn red velveteen seat coverings, complemented by painted woodchip wallpaper, ripped in places, and a view through the single-glazed fake Georgian windows onto the carpark. There was apparently little in the way of heating, so dress warmly in winter. The ugly laminated menu didn't impress either, with its focus on the £3.95, £6.95 and £9.95 price points and very standard pub fare on offer. The slightly more interesting options prominently displayed on a chalk board over the bar turned out to apply only on Sundays, which was premature (as it was still only 12:30 p.m. on Saturday!) and disappointing . We were waited on by a very willing but totally uninformed young girl who had to relay every single question to the manager behind the bar, and both were as taken aback by a request for a glass of sherry as if we had asked for fresh peaches in January (no sherry was found after a short search behind the bar, nor any ginger wine, though admittedly that's not such a basic commodity). There was nothing in the line of a wine list or drinks menu and we gathered that normal diners at the White Lion ask for beer or Coke.
Having found the pub on Trip Advisor advertising itself as vegetarian friendly, I wasn't daunted by the lack of any vegetarian options on the menus and persisted in sending enquiries to the kitchen until it was revealed that a Mushroom Stroganoff was available, and also a soup (also not on the menu), which on this day was cauliflower. Maybe it's on every day - we saw a large tray of fresh cauliflowers being delivered (eschewing the tradesmen's entrance at the back, the suppliers tramped straight through the dining room along with a sack of potatoes!), but took that for a good sign.

And indeed we had a pleasant surprise when the food came. The soup was delicious and well balanced, not ruined as so often in pubs with too much salt, cream or cheese and was clearly home-made from fresh vegetables (albeit not the ones we saw coming in, nobody could be that quick!). Only the bread served with it was a let-down, pappy factory baguettes so chewy and tasting of cardboard that I couldn't swallow them. The mushroom dish was perhaps not strictly a stroganoff, at least I detected no hint of paprika and not much of shallots, but it was a rich sour cream sauce with maybe a little tarragon or parsley in it and the mushrooms were cooked just right. With a generous portion of rice it made a satisfying main dish. The garlic breads with it were unnecessary, it would have been better to put the garlic in the sauce and offer a few green leaves instead of more carbohydrate.
Battered fish and chips was a similarly basic but honest dish. I believe the fish was pollack rather than cod or haddock, which is not such a good fish for deep-frying, but it was cooked as well as it could have been for £7, in a light and crisp batter and served with chunky hand-made chips, tartare sauce and some slightly strange peas which were somehow in between fresh/frozen and mushy.
Despite the generally positive experience so far I was nervous of the factory-canteen style instant coffee machine on the bar so we retired elsewhere for dessert.

Overall we had a solid meal at a more than reasonable price, with cheerful and attentive service, but in a truly dismal ambience. I felt the chef's labours were worthy of a better presentation and of the chance to expand the menu up-market.

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