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Golden Lion, Weymouth

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Always good for live music at the weekend (usually rock/heavy bands) but more or less empty the rest of the week.Good beer and not over priced and despite when a decent band are playing and the place is busy the barstaff are pretty quick to serve you.
wurzel - 24 Mar 2020 13:50
thought the food was fine for standard pub grub, as was the Greene King beer. Good service
Wilson_MacDonald - 15 Aug 2017 11:55
After trudging around Weymouth for 40 mins trying to find a pub that did some interesting food and wasn't part of a chain (and failing miserably), we needed at least a beer, so went into the Golden Lion.

Big, "open plan" and lots of wood everywhere, looked like it was probably gutted ten years ago and made to look "old". Reminded me of some of the dubious places I'd worked in during the 1970s, where it's empty much of the time, but occasionally packed with young people at night. Looked like it needed a good lick of paint and a really good clean. Toilets were disgusting (apparently the ladies were too).

It was early midweek evening, and only three other customers. Anyway, the barmaid was friendly enough, and I ordered a pint of Greene King IPA for myself, and "scrumpy" for my wife. I took a sip of the ale as I was getting my change and it was like vinegar. She poured me another without question, but that was just the same. I opted for Doom Bar instead, and no probs at all with that. But serious doubts about cellar management.

Saw nothing to suggest you'd want to eat there, and couldn't see anything worthwhile advertised

I really do wonder what the Olympic tourists are going to make of Weymouth - it just doesn't seem to be prepared for anything other than "kiss-me-quick, where's the chippy" English holidaymakers. Sorry.
newforesttraveller - 17 May 2012 12:17
Dropped by here for a quick beer or two at Easter. Played pool, good value. Beer was OK to begin with but the second pint of Doom Bar was dead. The Barman went and checked the barrel and changed the beer and only charged half price so gets a tick in the box there. Decor not great and had the atmospere of a struggling pub. I hope it keeps going.
addlened - 1 May 2012 17:04
Hmmmmmm interesting the last couple of reviews. No previous postings yet such gushing comments.

Now I love Weymouth having spent many happy pub crawling days here, but please if your going to review pubs at least have the courage (no pun) to do it honestly.
kevmac - 24 Aug 2011 20:44
What an amazing turn around the golden lion is under new management !!!!! we visited last week and its clearly the place to be at the moment .... fantastic food great staff who are helpful and friendly the premises has been leaned from head to toe ...makes all the difference from the last management ..!!! well well done and good luck guys its finally working out as a good food great entertainments place welcome to weymouth ...!!!!!!
kayler - 24 Aug 2011 19:37
Visited the Golden Lion twice this week after its re-opening under new management. Great beer, great food - steak and mussels (fresh) good prices. The three bar staff were excellent, friendly and helpful. I understand that this pub use to be full of riff raff - no longer. I will be making the Golden Lion a regular eating and watering stop.
Malcolmretap - 2 Aug 2011 22:25
when we went into the golden lion we ordered 5 korma's. when they eventually turned up after 40 mins the chicken was pale . in one of the dishes we found hair!. the little bit of sauce we did have was cold along with the rice and chicken. we sent it back many times but it kept coming back the same.

the women on the table by the side of us ordered a jacket potato and once the jacket potato arrived, half of it was black and badly bruised.

when we asked to see the manager the manager was aparently out. when we asked to see the superviser she was aparently not around. we finally got a refund after we put up a bit of a fight. but the young waitor would not give us a refund for our drinks even though the food was disgracefull.
when we left we had got a refund for our drinks and food.
yvonnezoe5 - 1 Sep 2009 17:58
First time in for a couple of years, decent pint and a glam rock artist for entertainment.
muzzyofrotherham - 14 Aug 2009 20:45
What a dive! Just been in - no ale on at all and scabby barmaid didn't even acknowledge us, just kept chatting to her bloke (the ONLY other person our side of the bar). Walked out in disgust and, with such a wealth of good pubs in Weymouth, we certainly won't be back to this hole.
BobOs - 13 Sep 2008 21:02
Found this pub when looking for somewhere to watch the Leeds v. Doncaster play off final. For a sports pub with lots of large screen TVs it actually has a good choice of real ale rather than the usual ranks of lager pumps.
graham2 - 5 Aug 2008 11:00
Typical big chain pub. The excellent choice of ales is more than cancelled out by the noise of the many televisions.
MankyBadger - 11 May 2008 15:03
This may be a fake plastic pub but the ale brewed locally by the Dorset Brewing Company is anything but fake. Great stuff
johnkn7 - 3 Jan 2007 19:21
fake plastic pub. what a shame.
try_harder - 12 Dec 2006 03:19
Excellent pub, I consider to be the best in Weymouth Town centre. Food is excellent and very good value with any two meals for 6.99. Staff are very friendly, beer is always top quality, Perfect venue for watching Sport with 3 flat screen tv's. 10/10
Cliffy.cliff - 25 Sep 2006 11:40
Good ale, fairly cheap food in comfortable surroundings, Giant screens spread round the place for the sport
alewhale - 12 Sep 2005 20:16
This is a really friendly venue, thte staff are nice, good entertainment on the weekends, tasty food and happy people
William Willson - 12 May 2004 13:32
nice friendly place, staff always happy to help, foods cheep too
robbie - - 20 Jan 2004 20:46
Can you tell me, did this pub used to be a hotel? In the 70's I remember visiting Weymouth, the owner was a lady who I believe became the Mayoress of Weymouth and had a son called Neil - does anyone know them?
Lynda Fernandez - - 20 Dec 2003 20:27

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