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The Old Lion

Pailton Road, CV23 Rugby
Average price £27


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Restaurant menu

Chef Jacqueline Matthews
Average price £27
Dietary optionsLocally produced, Vegetarian dishes
Grilled Club sandwich
(triple layer sandwich made with chicken, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato and Mayo ) served with hand cut chips
Smoked pork loin with Emmental cheese and mustard mayo
Chicken and prosciutto salad with pesto

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Very good468 reviews











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  • Claire G.
    Claire G.

    May 24, 20231 review


    Fantastic meal, spur of the meal with family and had a terrific meal and mocktails. Can't recommend enough!!!

  • Nicky M.
    Nicky M.

    May 21, 20231 review


    The staff gave a very warm welcome.The dining area had a lovely ambience. Food was fresh, hot, and full of flavour and a really generous portion.

  • Sharon J.
    Sharon J.

    May 21, 20231 review


    Visited here for Sunday lunch. Booking online was easy. Food was delicious, Very tasty, fresh food. Lovely, friendly, welcoming staff. Would highly recommend.

  • Mark W.
    Mark W.

    May 21, 20231 review


    It was really nice coming and having a nice Sunday roast the place was clean and smelt nice the food was great and the portion size was just right will definitely be back soon

  • Stuart M.
    Stuart M.

    May 6, 20231 review


    Food and service was good . Only a few people in the restaurant at the time allowed for very quick service. The food was very tasty though and good value for money.

  • Margaret K.
    Margaret K.

    May 5, 20232 reviews


    Our waitress was very helpful and worked very hard but there were clearly not enough staff on, our main courses took a LONG time to come and my daughter sent hers back as it was poorly cooked. We arrived at 7pm having booked but our main course came at 8.40. If people turn up on speck they should be explained that they may have to wait. Anyone waiting should be given free nibbles and offered drinks as our evening was spoiled. More staff were needed, front of house and in the kitchen

  • Andrew C.
    Andrew C.

    April 30, 20231 review


    Side portion of vedge and cauliflower cheese were not served hot....just warm. Main plate of food fine. Crackling was great. Recommended ice cream at Brinklow village stores afterwards if you skip desert

  • Karen H.
    Karen H.

    April 29, 20231 review


    Very slow service in a very quiet pub even tho there was 11 of us

  • Eric H.
    Eric H.

    April 27, 20232 reviews


    Excellent pub food and very welcoming to our four-legged family member. The Sir Woofchester dog menu went down particularly well, and she is likely to drag her owners back.

  • Mariela R.
    Mariela R.

    April 23, 20231 review


    Great Sunday lunch. Service was okay and roast potatoes a bit soggy. Other than that, great food and ambience! Last time we were here, service took forever so it was improved since then.

  • Sam W.
    Sam W.

    April 22, 20231 review


    Took an actual 1.5 hours from the point we ordered to the time we ate our food. We had starters but even with that it was far far too long. Our side order of onion rings also turned up near the end of our meal. The table was also wobbly. Though I don’t think I’d have cared about that if the food didn’t take so unbelievably long. I will say that the staff were not at all rude, just a little disinterested. The food was really quite good just massively let down by the speed. Real shame to be honest.

  • Neil P.
    Neil P.

    April 20, 20231 review


    This was my 5th or 6th visit and as always the food was excellent. Somewhat disappointed this time with the service as it took more than 30 minutes from being seated to even get a drink and order to be taken. Not sure why as it is normally much better. Hopefully next time will be ok.

  • Paul F.
    Paul F.

    April 16, 20231 review


    We go out for Lunch every Sunday and came her last Sunday and it is definately one of the best in the area and also great value for money. The food is really great and so well presented. The serving staff ( Joe in our case) very attentive. Will be back very soon

  • luke e.
    luke e.

    April 16, 20231 review


    Slow service from a nice and helpful but inexperienced team, food was OK not great. sunday roast was toby carvery level but not toby price. Dessert was poor, burnt food. The interior is very nice and has lots of potential but under delivered for me

  • Sue E.
    Sue E.

    April 13, 20234 reviews


    We visit the Old Lion every few months and the food is always delicious. You can tell that everything is freshly cooked using quality ingredients. We went for the Thursday pie night special, the pies are the best we've had anywhere with proper pastry cases (not a slab of puffed pastry stuck on a pie in a dish!) stuffed full of meaty (or veg!) goodness. The welcome is always friendly and service is good.

  • Rachel F.
    Rachel F.

    April 13, 20231 review


    Delicious food, warm welcome and lovely atmosphere. However, on this occasion we waited a long time for drinks and food to arrive and not very attentive service.

  • Jemma C.
    Jemma C.

    April 9, 20232 reviews


    Food was really good. Always worry about taking my toddler to places but we had 2 toddlers with us and staff and other diners weren’t complaining and were engaging with them to help keep them entertained. Great service

  • Peter W.
    Peter W.

    April 8, 20231 review


    I'm a big fan of the Old Lion which has done us proud many times. Tonight was good but my main course, farmhouse chicken, didn't hit the heights of other mains I've had in the past. The desert and coffee were fine and the service as given good as ever. Thanks.

  • David P.
    David P.

    March 29, 20237 reviews


    First class pies, freshly cooked at excellent value.

  • Maggie G.
    Maggie G.

    March 26, 20231 review


    A lovely welcome and great table. The food was delicious. The only criticism was that we asked for sauces which didn't arrive. But apart from that it was all very good.


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Opening time
Open today

12:00 PM - 02:30 PM
05:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 02:30 PM
05:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM

How to get to the restaurant

Pailton Road, CV23, Rugby, United Kingdom

Public transport

bus stop outside

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