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Dandy Lion, Bradford on Avon - pub details

Dandy Lion
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Address: 35 Market Place, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1LL [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 12924) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Bradford-on-avon (0.2 miles), Avoncliff (1.5 miles), Freshford (2.4 miles)

Pub facilities/features:
Cask Marque accreditation

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> Current user rating: 5.7/10 (rated by 33 users)
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Seemed to be mostly diners but I just had a pint, think it was called Bellringer, cannot remember the brewery. The pint was good and the place was quite busy at 8:30pm on a Wednesday.
ben23699 - 5 Feb 2015 19:54
Had a pint of Thwaites Crafty Devil here, a ruby ale which was excellent, as was the spicy tomato soup. A characterful pub with pleasant and efficient service from the landlord and the barmaid
Feed - 18 Nov 2013 21:36
Not quite the the cosy authenticity one might expect in a such a lovely town, but here was to be found a warm welcome, a very good pint of Wadworth and a superior food menu.

Very pleasant.
strangetorpor - 15 May 2013 16:31
Walked in at 1425 on a Thursday to be told they were closing, goodbye. Their website clearly states open until 1500. Bad, bad, bad.
creature4 - 25 Oct 2012 14:43
Intriguing that someone has suggested this pub is empty and not what is once was, given that during my last (and I should say first - I'm not a B-on-A local and so the previous writer may have greater insight) visit last Friday evening, things appeared to be buzzing at a very brisk pace, and while the pub cannot be commended on every level, it seemed to be doing a pretty efficient job.

We stopped in en route back towards the Canal where we (and it seemed the world and his wife) were moored for our final night on the Kennet & Avon). It could so easily have been pretentious and irrelevant in a place like Bradford, but by and large we agreed it neatly side-stepped that quagmire and actually trades on genuine merit.

The cask ales were inevitably Wadworth's as it is one of their houses, but each one sampled was kept properly and served well. Food, which we had already partaken of and so didn't require, was apparently a major draw amongst other punters; the majority were civil, well-heeled groups and couples who clearly saw this pub as a destination for dining out. What was being dished up from the kitchens looked extremely palatable as did the menu decriptions; I only hope looks weren't deceiving.

The pub was busy but not so much so that positions at the bar weren't available; as drinkers we settled in very comfortably and didn't feel any the less-relevant or welcome in that role. The Dandy Lion may prize its victuals first and foremost, but it still retains a pubby element, if skewed towards a jacketed, well-heeled milieu who see it as an accessible but still more upmarket option than most other local hostelries.

The stylish decor suited the building without being achingly contemporary and losing touch with its character. The service - provided by a range of excellently-presented barmaids - was impeccable and credit is due to them for maintaining a smile while keeping pace with an obviously-hectic shift.

Not everybody's idea of a 'proper' pub, but enough slack is cut here for drinkers to ensure it isn't just a worthy destination for foodies alone. I quite liked it, and I suspect if I lived here, I'd probably spend quite some time in this establishment. More 'Dandy' than 'Lion', but sometimes that's not a bad thing.

TWG - 21 Sep 2012 16:45

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