- Main course: £10
- Food spend: £25
- Opening hours
- Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 23:00 Sunday: 12:00 - 22:30
Very nice pub, very nice food.
05 October 2018
A grand and ancient country pub with views over the River Darent, The Lion – Farningham dates back to the 16th century, and offers well-loved British pub cuisine. It features a combination of traditional and modern furnishings, through the cosy brick hearth and plush armchairs, but also modern art and colourful curtains and cushions. The food can also be enjoyed from outside, in the pretty al fresco garden.
Hearty Sunday roasts and trusty British dishes head The Lion menu, and a range just for kids offers mini versions of pub favourites. Signature Vintage pies offer fillings like beef & merlot with buttered peas, while The Lion ‘Vintage classics’ menu includes lemon & garlic-roasted chicken with seasoned chips.
Paying homage to the Great British pub, the Vintage Inn bar stock includes cask-conditioned beers, real ales and a meticulously compiled wine list. Thirst-quenching offerings include seasonal non-alcoholic cocktails and freshly-pressed juices, and rich coffee is brewed freshly throughout the day.
The Lion is just 4 minutes’ drive from Farningham Road Train Station, in the scenic Kent.
The Lion - Farningham
High Street, Farningham, DA4 0DP
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Customer reviews for The Lion - Farningham
(((** 6 January 2019 by Anthony from Horns Cross
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
((((( 5 October 2018 by Paul from Belvedere
Very nice pub, very nice food.
(((** 20 July 2018 by Mavis from Dartford
Waitress service very good, but would prefer it if they didn't interrupt quiet so often when we are eating to see if all was ok. If it wasn't I am sure we would let them know straight away.
((((( 29 March 2018 by Caroline from Chislehurst
Very helpful staff, good food, nice ambience
((((( 15 February 2018 by Christopher from Gravesend
Love the cozy little pub with wicked food. The lady who served us was lovely and chatty and we would highly recommend it.
((((( 14 February 2018 by Barry from London
Excellent, Sunday lunch very good. Service very good waitress Clair.
((((* 25 December 2017 by Alex from Sidcup
Good service great food
((((* 21 December 2017 by Jackie from Orpington
Lovely country pub with an open log fire to give it that added warmth. It is situated alongside a river with outside seating to enjoy the view in warmer weather. The food is excellent without being expensive and there is enough choice to suit all palates. A large range of Ales, Lagers, Ciders and Wines plus a range of non alcoholic to suit all tastes compliments the food perfectly.
((((( 14 December 2017 by Jackie from Dartford
Love the upper part of the dining area really cosy.very friendly young lady serving us.thought the choice on the xmas menu was very good,especially looked the mulled plum and bakewell tart!
((((* 15 October 2017 by Gloria from Hawley Dartfod
Love the lion dine Saturday very busy had to wait a while for our meal to come out usually not so slow seemed short staffed .meal very good nicely served enjoyed it as usual
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