The Old Lion

(126 Reviews)
Pailton Road, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV23 0HQ
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Opening hours

Tuesday to Friday: 12:00 - 14:30 & 17:00 - 21:30
Saturday: 12:00 - 21:30
Sunday: 12:00 - 16:00.

Restaurant description

A welcoming village pub with traditional style and modern gastropub flavours, The Old Lion is an inviting spot for leisurely meals. Dogs are welcome in the bar area, and there are crackling log fires to relax by with a glass of wine or cask ale.

The Old Lion menu is a modern example of British gastropub excellence, with classic dishes sitting alongside contemporary flavours. Artisan breaded brie with a red berry jelly is a great sharer to start off with, moving on to pub favourites like cod and chips or homemade pie of the day. There are rustic pizzas cooked in the stone oven, and succulent steaks and burgers from the grill menu too.

Enjoy generous Sunday roasts at The Old Lion in Rugby, featuring a choice of slow-cooked meats with all the trimmings. Local cask ales and ciders are served at the bar, as well as a concise wine list and extensive choice of international spirits.

A homely pub with modern updates and a gourmet menu, The Old Lion is a 9-minute drive from Rugby Rail Station.

Dishes displayed on a la carte menus are representative of the type of food available at the restaurant.

Customer reviews for The Old Lion
(based on 126 reviews)

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Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (3)
  • al fresco (6)
  • breakfast (1)
  • business (8)
  • child friendly (9)
  • dinner (94)
  • entertainment (3)
  • large parties (16)
  • lunch (51)
  • luxury (9)
  • private dining (20)
  • romantic (24)
  • trendy (9)
  • value (30)
  • views (1)
  • By Spencer Q from Rugby
    3 January 2020

    Loved it here. The food was amazing and so was the service. Will definitely be booking again

  • By Thomas V from Birmingham
    19 December 2019

    I had a very dry falafel burger which was like paste in the mouth. To be honest an improvement would be great. Maybe by adding a nice relish and some crispy salad and tomatoes in the burger, I have ordered a half pint and I have been served a whole pint. The only thing that cheered me up was the interior and cosiness of the pub. Could definitely be better than this.

  • By Chris I from Rugby
    19 December 2019

    Friendly attentive staff with modern décor, Menu has a good selection to suit most tastes. Service was efficient & food was served piping hot. Good place for informal relaxed dining.

  • By Ian W from Englefield Green
    18 December 2019

    Excellent in every way - cooking, service and atmosphere. It was a great way to start Christmas and well worth the drive from Surrey.

  • By Rhys W from Rugby
    14 December 2019

    We were greeted at the door and taken to our table. The staff were smiling happy and couldn't do enough, but not sitting on your shoulder :) The food was well presented and tasted amazing. Good drinks and as I was driving a good selection of non alcoholic lager. Amazing. We will be back :))))

  • By Sally S from Kenilworth
    23 November 2019

    Warm, inviting and very friendly service. Good mix of dishes... something for everyone. Keenly priced. A lovely way to celebrate my oldest daughter's birthday, along with her (grown up) sisters. The experience cheered up a dreary wet and windy evening and made us want to come back!

  • By Linda E from Rugby
    7 November 2019

    We booked for lunchtime because the lunchtime menu online looked reasonably priced. When we arrived we weren't offered this menu but the main one so had to ask for it. The waiter was reluctant to give it to us and said there were sandwiches, baguettes etc on the blackboard and smaller portion meals were on the main menu. We decided to order from the main menu after all as there was very little choice of hot food. The home cooked steak pie was very good, if not a little pricey at £14.95 and the fish and chips was generously portioned. We had noticed that at lunchtime, desserts could be ordered for £3.50 but when we asked for one were told they were only if you ordered from the lunchtime menu (?) We decided not to bother as it all seemed to be too much trouble.

  • By Anthony A from Rugby
    3 November 2019

    All of Rugby shut down with a 40 minute power cut, so you did all you could to minimise the effect. When over, the meal was very good. Thank you.

  • By Sue M from Rugby
    2 November 2019

    We had a wonderful meal, all of the food was perfectly cooked and you could tell that quality ingredients had been used and that everything had been freshly prepared. The staff were friendly and welcoming, the restaurant was filled with the sound of people chatting, so nice not to have to compete with music!

  • By Craig W from Rugby
    1 November 2019

    Online booking easy. Service good. Food excellent.

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The Old Lion
Pailton Road, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV23 0HQ