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The Lion - Farningham

9.2/10
41
High Street, DA4 0DP DartfordSee map

Average price £25

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Restaurant menu

  • Average price £25
Lamb duo
£14.95
pan-fried lamb rump and a cheddar-topped shepherd’s pie, with seasonal vegetables and a red wine jus
Fritto misto
£14.95
crispy cod goujons, calamari and tempura battered mussels, anchovies and prawns, served with triple-cooked chips with a chipotle chilli mayonnaise and tartare sauce
Steak & mushroom pie
£11.5
slow-cooked beef in a red wine sauce, topped with puff pastry, served with mash, seasonal vegetables and a jug of gravy

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Homemade fish cakes

Ratings & Reviews

Excellent

9.2/10
based on 41 reviews
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Quality of food :9.1/10
Service :9.3/10
Setting :9.3/10
  1. Colin G.
    Colin G.
    • one review
    10/10

    First visit in many years.. Not dissapointed brilliant service and food. Menu choice was fine and when the food arrived it was well ciooked and full of flavour. I will be visiiting again..????

  2. Nicola L.
    Nicola L.
    • one review
    10/10

    Always a pleasure to visit. Perfect weather, food and service. Lovely setting, well spaced out tables in garden and friendly, helpful staff. Recommend

  3. Jennifer R.
    Jennifer R.
    • one review
    10/10

    Staff could not have been more helpful. Had two gluten free members of the party, including a child, and the kitchen and waiting staff were really helpful in adapting their dishes. Service was really quick. A very enjoyable occasion.

  4. Sheila T.
    Sheila T.
    • one review
    10/10

    The food was very tasty and was presented very well. The staff were friendly and attentive. The atmosphere was very relaxing we felt very comfortable and will come again.

  5. Angela May P.
    Angela May P.
    • one review
    10/10

    We loved it! The staff really go out of their way to assist even phoning me on the morning of the booking as it was raining to ask if I wanted the outdoor table moved to indoors. Very helpful re a friend who has coelic disease to check everything was gluton free. Of course the weather helped and the outside seating area is beautiful if the sun is shining! Inside is good as well and I have enjoyed both in the last month

  6. Barry H.
    Barry H.
    • one review
    8/10

    Been to The Lion many times, and it never fails to please. The ambiance is always relaxing and friendly, with staff always prepared to help, where necessary.

  7. Emma B.
    Emma B.
    • one review
    10/10

    We came here for a romantic meal, the place was so clean,staff were absolutely amazing . We was served by Bradley, his manner was perfect . The homemade food was utterly amazing and tasted so good. Will be back

  8. Stuart N.
    Stuart N.
    • one review
    10/10

    Always a good standard of cuisine and beer. The atmosphere is very welcoming the staff helpful and attentive. Food presentation is excellent and the chefs should be congratulated. It was good to see the dozens of outdoor tables full and despite Covid19 many people enjoyed their visit to The Lion. We have been many times before and of course we will go again. My son’s birthday, where else would we go?

  9. Amanda W.
    Amanda W.
    • one review
    10/10

    Lucky enough to get a seat outside for lunch today, great food and service. Menu nicely varied to suit all tastes, I'd recommend the pizza very authentic

  10. Lucy W.
    Lucy W.
    • one review
    10/10

    All staff very friendly and good personalities. I think part of what you pay in a pub is the service and we were extremely happy to pay her. Our waitress was incredibly bubbly and helpful - listened to our needs. Food great but service made it comfortable. Would come back!

  11. Sandra E.
    Sandra E.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Nice staff and good food. Very efficient arrangements. Will go again soon. Thank you as first time have been able to meet friends in such a long time.

  12. Heather T.
    Heather T.
    • one review
    10/10

    Lion is local to me and use it often for lunch or dinner. Always great food and excellent service. Great ambience and nice clientele. Thoroughly recommend.

  13. Maria c.
    Maria c.
    • one review
    10/10

    Absolutely love this place. The staff are friendly and welcoming. The food is outstanding. Never felt rushed in all the hours we were there. Will always be a favourite of mine.

  14. Carol R.
    Carol R.
    • one review
    10/10

    Was going to have the Sunday roast but they had all gone, had steak instead which was really good so was the pudding banofee pie. Would recommend the lion

  15. Lynn S.
    Lynn S.
    • one review
    9/10

    Not my first visit here and certainly not the last. Staff pleasant and efficiently managed the covid restrictions. Food very tasty. I prefer the pared back menu particularly at lunchtime.

  16. Susan B.
    Susan B.
    • one review
    7.5/10

    Lovely location and pub/restaurant. Food good but service was poor. Waited over an hour for main meal, didn’t bother with a pudding as was told that was a 45 minute wait. Coffees in the garden also took an age. Will return but not for food.

  17. Peter B.
    Peter B.
    • one review
    9/10

    Clare was an excellent waitress. Food was good although my butterscotch pudding was a bit small but tasted great

  18. Anthony R.
    Anthony R.
    • one review
    5.25/10

    We have eaten here several times before and more recently have particularly enjoyed the Vintage Inn era. The place is really comfortable, full of interest and character. The food has also been intereresting and enjoyable with good service to complement it. However, on this occasion, the experience was not up to par! Some dishes were not available and some delivered were not inspiring. The special Prawn cocktail turned out to be a dinner plate covered in chopped lettuce with a lonely little pile of bland prawns on one edge, the treacle pudding consisted of two artistically placed slices that were verging on dry and pretty tasteless, the gammon I had was also pretty dry, the skin on the belly of pork was streatchy, the baked Alaska was not a baked Alaska and even after sharing it around, we could not get rid of it. It has to go. We had to chase up the waiters several times just to get another bottle of wine to the point of being embarrassing. On the positive side, the fish was excellent, the atmosphere was excellent and when we got the attention of an excellent waitress we have seen before, Serice was restored. I suspect that everybody in the place was pretty worn out at the end of the Xmas/New year period because this is not reprentative of one of our favourite places. As it happened, except for chasing up service, nobody made a fuss because the atmosphere and company overshadowed the shortfalls. The issue is that the shortfalls will live in my companions minds and as I recommended the venue, I felt obliged to comment. Having said all of that, This was not reprentative of what I consider to be one of the best Inns and Pub chains. If this had been my first visit, I would have made a strong complaint at the time and not revisited! I am confident I can continue to visit the Lion and enjoy an excellent experience. On that basis, I would be quite happy if this feedback was not made public but used as Heads Up for internal consideration. Score based on this visit

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Opening time

Monday to Wednesday:11:00 - 22:30</br>Thursday to Saturday: 11:00 - 23:00</br>Sunday: 11:00 - 22:00.

How to get to the restaurant

High Street, DA4 0DP, Dartford, United Kingdom

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