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The Lion at Leintwardine, Craven Arms, Shropshire

The Lion at Leintwardine

4.5
4.5
639 Reviews
£26 to £40
Gastro Pub
Food and Drink are central to the Lion, we pride ourselves on locally sourced food. Our Chef and his team have spent a lot of time and effort sourcing local producers of quality, fresh ingredients to ensure that the meals we serve are of the highest quality.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 8:00 am–11:00 pm Breakfast Daily 8:00 am–10:00 am Bar Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    01547 540203

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Craven Arms

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 639 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Shropshire

    Best Overall

  • Shropshire

    Best Food

  • Shropshire

    Best Ambiance

  • Shropshire

    Best Value

  • Shropshire

    Good for Groups

  • Shropshire

    Great for Lunch

  • Shropshire

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Shropshire

    Outdoor Dining

  • Shropshire

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Shropshire

    Most Booked

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  1. BS

    BenjaminS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice place for a lunch, usually quiet during the week. Plenty of parking and friendly helpful staff.
  2. CR

    CharlesR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    It said Dogs were allowed in the bar on their website but when we arrived they said we would have to eat outside with the dog, so we unhappily left dog in the car , when shown to our table a couple sat close to us had their dog under the table, a bit mad if you ask me , and the dog wasn’t happy either 😪
  3. RB

    RomyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal and great service. We both had the fillet steak, which was cooked to perfection and served with delicious sides.
  4. CG

    ClaireG

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect Nothing more to say! Excellent food and service
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is excellent and the staff very friendly and helpful
  6. NC

    NatC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top quality food and really friendly staff. Highly recommend!
  7. PB

    PatriciaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely attentive staff on arrival and throughout. Good tasty food, slightly larger portions than needed I felt. But all in all an extremely pleasant lunch in great surroundings.
  8. DP

    DianaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Really enjoyed our lunch. The Lion had a lovely atmosphere. The chairs were so comfy. The food was really very fresh and appertizing. We had one fussy eater who almost licked the plate.
  9. AR

    AliceR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Utterly fabulous. Top notch gastro food. Profoundly impressed. Great value for money and exceptional service.
  10. MB

    MerrillB

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were greeted on arrival and shown to our table. The service was friendly and efficient and the food was excellent. A very pleasant evening.
  11. JG

    JayneG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely meal last night, good service and good value. We have been disappointed by a lot of places recently but not at The Lion which continues to be our family's favourite destination.
  12. KT

    KarenT

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food amazing as always. Staff go out of their way to meet expectations.
  13. DP

    DavidP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really love the choice in the menu. Service and attention to detail is excellent . Will return.
  14. W

    Wendy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food from an interesting menu from old favourites and something a bit different too. We were a family group of 5 from Granny to grandsons and all enjoyed our meals. Good service and nice atmosphere.
  15. GH

    GillH

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food with friendly, professional service.
  16. MW

    MarieW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Area for those with dogs not welcoming and not a pleasant place to eat, we braved the weather and chose outside. Salad uninspiring, had to ask for dressing Maybe just not their best day!
  17. JS

    JoanS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely traditional Sunday lunch using the very best local ingredients. The smoked salmon and perfect brisket deserve special mention.
  18. AL

    AlysonL

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely staff, lovely food! Only the very “chatty” child at a nearby table detracted from the experience, but what can you do?!! 😃
  19. EK

    ElenaK

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    My family and I visited here on a sunday lunch time after boking 2 weeks prior, and even popping in the previous sunday to check out the dog friendly 'Top Bar'. The weather was fair, so we decided to sit outside which staff were fine with. However, there had been a wedding the day before which meant not only was there a huge marquee blocking the garden and various debris about, but also the ground was very muddy. The disappointing thing though, was that they weren't serving pizzas (because of the wedding the previous day apparently?!?) We had gone specifically for pizza and I'd even mentioned this the previous week, but no one ever warned us. The salad and sandwiches we had instead, although perfectly tasty, weren't sandwiches really, they were topping on bread. They should be described as open sandwiches. We've only visited once before for a cake and coffee, and the gap between the two was so long, our drinks were completely cold by the time the cakes were delivered (over 15 minutes after). If we went again, we'd send the drinks back and ask for them all to come out together. Basically a nice place, but let down by basic details which isn't really good enough.
  20. m

    mazh

    Bristol

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Sadly being a solo traveller meant being in a corner and apparently invisible when it came to service. I eventually had to go and find a waiter to asked to have my order taken. Service was very friendly when it did arrive though!
  21. SB

    SianB

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Too many delicious options! Lovely welcome, attentive staff and gorgeous food. I had the fish and chips which I could eat every day!
  22. JK

    JomanaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Beautiful place, great food and excellent service!
  23. CR

    CrawfordR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Good food served speedily in a busy restaurant. Local to Ludlow!
  24. H

    Helen

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We had a choice of table on the patio or a bench closer to the river. We selected one on the patio as the chairs are comfier than the picnic benches, although set back from the river and closer to the road. We enjoyed a lovely evening of al fresco meal and drinks. Young, friendly staff who couldn’t be more helpful. No music - just peace and natural sounds.
  25. CW

    CarolW

    Shropshire

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit to The Lion at Leintwardine did not disappoint. Very good customer service and delicious, well presented food. We will definitely be returning.
  26. CF

    ColinF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time back for 7+ years. So pleased we booked, service swft and attentive, food beautifully prepared and presented. We renewed an old friendship over the meal, a vital moment enabled, thank you all.
  27. IP

    IanP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Really nice meal in a lovely country pub setting with river running alongside the beer garden. Definitely recommended.
  28. KT

    KarenT

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food ,great ambience. Wonderful staff as always
  29. AP

    ArthurP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very pleasant experience, menu was very good, lovely atmosphere on the terrace. Because the temperature drops quite quickly in an evening usually during the meal, a supply of appropriately designed blankets for the customers to use would create an extra layer (pardon the pun) of comfortable experience and encourage diners to book more meals in the later part of the year when on the terrace.
  30. LD

    LindsayD

    Liverpool

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    ABSOLUTELY AWFUL! First visited neatly 6 years ago and it hasn’t improved - in fact, I would say it has got worse. Despite the beautiful location, the atmosphere inside is dreadful. The rooms are cavernous so even when talking softly with your group, you are able to hear everyone else’s conversations and then, yours. We chose to have drinks outside with nibbles instead of traditional starters as part of our meal. We ordered King a prawns in garlic. The prawns were still in their shells and when peeling them, discovered they were full of eggs. It took 3 attempts to bring water bowls to wash hands and serviettes and only when asked for. We were then escorted to the upstairs ‘private dining’ area for the rest of our meal. The chairs were filthy with suspicious stains and the tables were tatty looking more like card tables in a back street ‘boozer’…..just very tatty. 3 out of 4 is us had ordered fillet steak. The waiter announced these as ‘rump steaks’. They were clearly fillet, or rather very poor quality fillet steaks which had been very badly cooked. They were tasteless, full of gristle snd in my case, overcooked and burnt in the outside. The very exotic sounding onions served as an accompaniment were in fact silverskin onions from a jar and heated up. The ‘blue cheese sauce’ bought at additional cost had clearly been poured out in advance, had firmed a thick skin and when poured, came out as one think, gloopy lump like old school custard. It looked very unattractive and tasted nothing like blue cheese. The other diner has chorizo tagliatelle with what looked and tasted like old chorizo and was not a patch on a similar dish cooked at home. Desserts were not much better. £8 for a bowl of strawberries and an affogato that was all coffee and no ice cream with soggy biscotti rendering it quite inedible. The place is manned almost entirely by hound, very inexperienced staff eiry no knowledge of the menu and seemingly no supervision. Dreadful place. AVOID
  31. AH

    AndreaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great good, reasonable value.A bit slow with debts and coffee, but the main was served in good time.Would definitely ho back there.
  32. JJ

    JeanJ

    Herefordshire

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Fab food. We had a dog with us so dined alone in the top bar. Very lovely food as always.
  33. H

    Helen

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We booked a table outside and everything was ready when we arrived. Taken straight to our table. Service was excellent all night and the food lovely. Sitting by the river was very relaxing. A lovely place to eat.
  34. RJ

    RJlovefood

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the warm and friendly welcome, to the excellent service and high quality food we can highly recommend.
  35. BE

    BarbaraE

    Shropshire

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely meal and great service as usual Get your monies worth Lovely staff and they don’t rush you at all Overall a great night thank you
  36. s

    stevenm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were very welcoming and helpful. The food was delicious. The garden and river etc was a beautiful setting.
  37. JJ

    JoanneJ

    Shropshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience2
    It took a while to been seen, then was led to a table in the bar which was too close to other tables. For a date it wasn't ideal. Table was very sticky and square which was uncomfortable. Height wasn't comfortable. Menu was not a usual choice but meal was excellent.
  38. x

    xray

    London

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Booking on line was easy. The reminder was a good feature. Access on narrow roads was challenging but did contribute positively to the ambience. The car park was of good size. The menu was small but choice was adequate - everyone could find something and have a choice. The food was excellent. Presentation was very good, flavours were well balanced.
  39. B

    Bessieboots

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Arrived early and taken straight to our table. Very friendly staff including the younger members of the team. Food was very tasty, wine a bit pricey. Overall experience was good and would definitely return.
  40. LA

    LyndaA

    Shropshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely food, friendly service, great surroundings

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Lion at Leintwardine is rated 4.5 stars by 639 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for The Lion at Leintwardine

Leintwardine, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 0JZ

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Craven Arms

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 8:00 am–11:00 pm Breakfast Daily 8:00 am–10:00 am Bar Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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