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Golden Lion Hotel, Horton in Ribblesdale

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user reviews of the Golden Lion Hotel, Horton in Ribblesdale

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1st time at Golden Lion yesterday. Sign outside read: Pint Bitter £2.10. At the bar i ask a pleasant East European lady for a pint of £2.10 Bitter, she did not understand and asked the Landlady. Landlady said there was none left, I asked her could I have another bitter for £2.10, this request was declined. My impression was there no such thing as the £2.10 bitter, just a ploy to get folk through door. I did however have a couple Black Sheep Bitter, this was OK and we did enjoy sitting outside in the sunshine.
Thillcrest - 27 May 2012 09:29
good real ale selection .taylors landlord , black sheep, and thwaites origanal all perfect. serverd by friendly staff. the pub has 3 rooms a lounge where there is a tv. a tap. and a largr restraunt / function room. this is a good area for walking and they let you leave your car in the car park all day for £2 this is considerbly cheaper than the public car park. what isnt cheap is the price of the beer. £3.40 a pint. is bordering on extortionate, up the road in the crown a pint of theakstons was a quid cheaper.
loiner8 - 28 Aug 2011 10:27
I think I was in a different pub to the previous reviewers. The en suite room I stayed in was comfortable and clean. The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge was taking place so the bars were manic. Nevertheless, the bar service was efficient and the beers were good (Black Sheep, Thwaites and TT Landlord). Three of us ordered steaks and they arrived in good time, cooked to perfection. No problems whatsoever and would certainly again.
GazzaTheBeerMan - 11 Jul 2011 14:16
This pub is in a great location, especially for walking. That's the end of the good stuff. Bunk House is disgusting. Real Ale they have no idea how to keep. Staff at best monoslyabic, at worst rude and try to charge too much. Food acceptable as long as you order an hour before you feel hungry, and you dont want much choice. Decor, seating and general ambiance lousy. Shame it could be so nice but as most of their clientelle are tourists they clearly don't give a toss.
stellabud - 13 Sep 2010 12:50
Not much in the way of ales here - but I did like the back room with its selection of stuffed animal heads. I thought this place has more of a pub feel than the Crown.
pubcollector - 19 May 2010 22:39
Stayed in the bunkhouse here as a base for the 3 Peaks walk and found it marginally better than a night in the car. Bunkhouse was cramped and lacked basic privacy (e.g. locks on toilet doors and no curtains on the unisex showers!) Pub itself run down, over-priced and the worst pub food iíve ever tasted (and thatís saying something)- disgusting burnt re-heated microwaved stodge with chips, served by a moody teenager. Thereís a lovely pub at the other end of the village called the Crown - donít stay here - stay there, or at the campsite just down the road.
jonthebrit - 13 Sep 2009 23:17
I couldnt agree more with the comments about food we had exactly the same experience having prebooked were shoved away in a tatty side room on old plastic garden tables and chairs that were barely stable. Food was either all overcooked in the case of the steaks which all came extremely well done regardless of what was requested or microwaved out of the packet rubbish.

It still took them a couple of hours to produce all of the food though and at vastly different times.

Highlight of the evening was the "chef" (in the loosest sense of the word) having a fight with the owner in the kitchen which involved them throwing plates at each other and then him being kicked out. Sadly this was after he'd served up most of the meals although things didnt improve after he'd gone.

Beer was also off and we similarly had to have a long argument to get it changed.

Considering its great location and potential probably the most disappointing pub I have ever visited
IkeySol - 13 Nov 2008 11:34
I visited this pub as part of attempting the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge with 10 other freinds. We had such a disappointing evening that put such a dampener on achieving the 25 miles & 3 peaks in under 12 hours earlier that day. We had to wait 2 hours for food that had to be re-ordered three times - at least 4 items on the menu were unavailable. The 2 hour wait also included a request for bread and butter. When asking for updates we were embraced with the rudest array of staff each of us have ever witnessed. A very rude chef, waitresses who literally threw plates on the table and a head bar-maid that said the pub was too busy to make us up the bread and butter. One meal (Cheeseburger) wasn't actually served with the rest of the meals. When asked the chef cooked us a 'veggie' burger - so when challenged again, the chef literally stated why can't your freind just eat the veggie burger..... we finally got a meatier version only to have the cheese omitted... personally I ordered Yorkshire Pudding with Sausage, again very disappointing to be served a re-heated 'frozen' version when you consider where we were!!

The decor is in need of an update also, the table cloths were of a 'xmas' theme (it was June!)
NanaMoon - 30 Jun 2008 15:15
Seems to have gone well downhill lately. Went in on Sunday and the food wasn't very good they didn't have any bitter on! Wandered down to the crown for a pint of XB.
alan_From_SAWW - 28 Nov 2007 13:33
Despite eccentric decor this is the best pub in Horton. I stayed in the Bunk room which was clean and comfortable. The beer is kept well, though a couple of our pints were pulled a little shy. I concur with previous reviewers - the locals are plentiful and friendly.
ferryman - 1 Jul 2007 14:58
I have been short-changed in here, and the beer has gone downhill in the last year or two. Last time I asked for a replacement pint as the golden best I was served was rank, and was refused! Having said that the food is not bad and certainly plentiful.
raver_caver - 25 Jun 2007 15:47
Very warming atmosphere..big open fire in one of the rooms was very welcome on those chilly nights! Drinks and service were good, and the locals were a friendly bunch.
nellie_uk - 3 Jan 2006 15:17
Good cosy pub with good beer and decent atmosphere. A healthy contingent of friendly locals, always the sign of a good pub. Food was pretty decent too, except maybe the chips which were a bit crispy. But if the worst thing about a pub is the chips, then it's doing well. Would go here in preference to the other pub down the road.
Muzthing - 21 Nov 2005 12:31

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