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The Lamb & Lion

4.4
4.4
575 Reviews
£25 and under
British

Dine in style in our restaurant, or in our fantastic outdoor garden adjacent to York's historic city centre walls. Serving simple, classic British pub fare skilfully prepared from fresh, quality, locally sourced ingredients. Our restaurant is the perfect place to withdraw from the world and unwind.

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Booked 16 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm
    Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01904 654112

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jason Bituin

  • Neighborhood

    York

  • Parking details

    Marygate or Union Terrace Car Park.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

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
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

Menu

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What 575 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North Yorkshire

    Outdoor Dining

  • North Yorkshire

    Scenic View

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  1. AG

    ArthurG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have always had a lovely meal they are always freshly cooked ,the staff are very helpful and friendly ,I would recommend booking as can be very busy ,I e highly recommend having a meal here

  2. AT

    AlanT

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    York was very busy so booked online. Straightforward. Fish and chips as good as I've had anywhere. Cask ale was also spot on

  3. EL

    EvelynL

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    We were seated in a very small room where the only other table was occupied by a group of 6 very loud Americans with the sort of voices that would shatter glass,so it was hard to have a conversation . Although we got our wine and my husband’s starter(soup) quite quickly ,we then waited an hour for our main courses. The food was fine. We were given the bill without asking for it and not asked if we wanted coffees after our dessert. Given the recommendations for this place,it was a bit disappointing.

  4. CB

    CarolineB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb food and service and surprisingly reasonably priced. Will be back.

  5. PC

    PC101

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    Rather an average pub meal and very slow service. Took 50 minutes for our main course to arrive. The quality was not really good, a supermarket ciabatta roll with oil and balsamic which had hardened in the pot. Olives were okay but served with packet crostini. My fish and chips were acceptable but my husband’s Shepherd pie was poor. Gristly mince and tasteless mash. The service was okay but we had the unfortunate luck to sit next to a rowdy drunken hyena and friends. Not the place to go if you appreciate quality ingredients.

  6. DG

    DeeG

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience2

    The location was excellent. Although we arrived 45mins early the staff were able to seat us in another section of the pub for a drink. We all had Sunday Roast but my friend and I thought it wasn't good value for money. My beef was a little fatty and the broccoli hardly cooked. Due to low lighting and small dark rooms I wouldn't recommend this venue to customers with poor eye sight. I would visit again but in the day light NOT in the evening and choose a main without veg.

  7. J

    Jody

    Cheshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Not as good as the Sunday roast we’ve had here before. Some of the food was cold and portions smaller than before but nevertheless it was tasty and nice atmosphere albeit the room was a little dark.

  8. RC

    RuthC

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    I had delicious shepherds pie and the room was full of character and ambience, efficient service and can’t wait to go back Beautifully decorated too

  9. DB

    DaveB

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Lovely place, great bar and staff. Food good but not great. Good value overall

  10. CM

    CarrieM

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always the staff were friendly and welcoming and the food fantastic - w ordered the steak and it was superb!

  11. AP

    AlanP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a lovely meal at the Lamb and Lion. It was good value and the staff were all very friendly.

  12. SL

    SusanL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A warm welcome, excellent meal and service, can highly recommend

  13. h

    helenc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went here for Sunday lunch and I can highly recommend. The staff were all friendly, polite and efficient and the food was delicious. Look forward to our return visit

  14. JC

    JillianC

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Efficient booking procedure and friendly service but menu totally different from what we expected having looked online first. Convenient for central York but they are very busy so don’t go if you are in a rush. An enjoyable evening though.

  15. NJ

    NiaJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Recommend and booked for busy Saturday night. First choice of meal unavailable, second choice was the burger, but was missing the pancetta described on the menu. Salmon was very nice, perhaps a little larger portion? Would visit again and recommend.

  16. VM

    VickiM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great lunchtime menu! Will definitely be returning!

  17. KB

    KateBurton

    Yorkshire

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall4food2service5ambience5

    We are regulars at the Lamb and Lion and love it very much. However, I had the nut roast Sunday dinner last night and I found the vegetables very lacking - cauliflower, broccoli and carrots were simply boiled. Although they were nicely cooked with plenty of crunch, they were boring. More variety and more inventive cooking would be appreciated.

  18. SH

    SadieH

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Lovely food although could of done with a couple of more choices.the room we sat in was very dark and there was clearly an issue with the light bulb as it kept going even darker and then abit lighter but I had to use the torch on my phone to see the menu, service was good and the quality of the food we had was excellent

  19. NR

    NikiRichTD

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Jess our waitress was lovely and so helpful. We loved our Eskimo pod it was gorgeous and warm and lit beautifully. Thank you for a lovely evening - We will certainly be back :-) Kind regards Mr & Mrs Taylor-Draper

  20. JO

    JaneO

    Angus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food delicious and beautifully cooked, staff extremely helpful and eating outside was cosy with a lovely atmosphere.

  21. JH

    JohnH

    Munich

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Toilets a little cramped, but it is an ancient, listed building. Otherwise, a fine experience.

  22. MG

    MartynGW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    In overall terms an enjoyable meal with exceptionally good service staff. The olives and manchego cheese nibbles were a lovely appetiser and the French Merlot very drinkable. Our mains of salmon and shepherd's pie were delicious as were the accompanying vegetables. The only disappointment was the sticky toffee pudding which completely lacked toffee sauce or indeed any toffee flavour at all. The ice cream accompaniment was also bland. Given the tiny portion size at £7 the dish was poor value and did not match up to the quality of the rest of the meal. Despite this lacklustre end to our meal I would still recommend this restaurant and again highlight the excellent service staff.

  23. KB

    KateBurton

    Yorkshire

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    This is our local pub and it never disappoints especially now that it's part of the HRH Group. There's a level of service and finesse there now that was sightly lacking before.

  24. DA

    DavidA

    London

    97 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great location and friendly service. For me the menu was just a bit limited.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Lovely old Inn with a wonderful ambience. Very historic. Had to use torch to read the menu as lighting was very dim. Dim lighting is good for such an historic place, but this was a bit too dim! We were told that they have applied to change the name to 'the Fat Badger' as they own a pub in Harrogate with this name! Please don't! What a shame that would be! Staff were excellent

  26. JH

    JudithH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely food and we were well looked after by both the manager and serving staff. We were lucky enough to try the igloos out. Very warm and nice to be outside and in our own group

  27. RS

    RossS

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Quirky pub with nice dining areas, very dark and magical. The food was very nice but the staff seemed nervous and a bit clumsy with a grumpy boss which was a bit uncomfortable to watch. I would eat there again and it was a pleasant enough atmosphere apart from the staff issues.

  28. T

    Tanya

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall3food3service1ambience5

    We had a reservation booked for 845pm only be told we need to be quick because the chef wants to come home. Food was good but felt very rushed and an inconvenience.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is the second time I've eaten here an again it was fantastic the food, staff and the place 10 out of 10. Your all doing a great job. 👍

  30. C

    Colin

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great city centre location with decent food and excellent service.

  31. IM

    IkeM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Really enjoyed the meal, just slightly confused when we got there when everything was called the Fat Badger not Lion and Lamb. The menu was also different to what was on the website when we booked. But, it was very nice and we would recommend other to go.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was very good, maybe portions could be a bit more generous. A bit dark in the dining area. But overall an enjoyable meal and friendly, helpful staff

  33. RB

    RebeccaB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fantastic food! One of our highlights in a weekend away to York, thank you.

  34. CS

    CherylS

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We booked online weeks ago based on the menu online - this is not the menu that was available. We were told that they were in a transition of moving to a new menu, but surely what was online should have been updated, or we should have been contacted to explain there was a reduced menu available. I felt sorry for the staff, it’s clearly not their fault, but we sent our wine back and left without ordering as the choice was limited and just standard pub food. There was also no resemblance to the photos online - feel like we booked a dud!

  35. DH

    DianneH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Tasty food, excellent service and great value for money. The nibbles at the start were just the ticket to start a pleasant meal.

  36. A

    Andyb

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great food good service

  37. g

    greatfoodfinder

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Excellent food. Located in the the centre of York. Friendly staff.

  38. TF

    TimF

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have been many times and will return. The food choice is excellent and the range of draft beers is amongst the best in York (assuming you like Black Sheep and/or Timothy Taylors). Service is very good.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Great staff

  40. K

    Kelly

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Lovely food and great service at a very reasonable price. I would definitely go back.

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The Lamb & Lion is rated 4.4 stars by 575 OpenTable diners

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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Booked 16 times today
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2-4 High Petergate York, North Yorkshire YO1 7EH

  • Neighborhood

    York

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm
    Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Marygate or Union Terrace Car Park.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jason Bituin

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

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