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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  • 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 Theresa R from Rugby
    25 October 2019

    We decided to eat here as scallops were on the menu and we weren’t disappointed they were lovely and perfectly cooked. Rest of the meal was also good the best calzone I’ve ever had. The only downside was it took quite a while for our order to arrive but We will definitely be visiting there again

  • By Stephen H from Pailton
    23 October 2019

    Excellent, friendly service. Good menu. Well prepared and presented meal.

  • By Lucy A from Birmingham
    19 October 2019

    Lovely welcome, very nice decor and ambience - perfect for our family meet up. Some drinks/food unavailable, even though early on a Saturday evening but otherwise great!

  • By Judith J from Rugby
    19 October 2019

    Food very good and friendly staff. Will go back again. The Greek guy was so nice and made us welcome .thankyou

  • By Gareth Martin Roberts-Davies R from Alcester
    19 October 2019

    Good venue, location menu, something for everyone and the food was good quality. But not a single ale available?

  • By Anup P from Northampton
    13 October 2019

    Great Sunday lunch. Tasty and perfect size portion

  • By Suzanne W from Coventry
    12 October 2019

    We love this place and have been for many meals over the years. I find it a very cosy comfortable friendly place with a lovely ambience. We were however a little bit disappointed Saturday evening with our starters my husband ordered white bait and I myself had the squid. Well to say the portions were small is an understatement I had 4 very thin rings of squid my husband had about 8 white bait these were not brought out with dips or anything to accompany them. The main meals however were very good I had the beef cheek my husband the fish and chips the fish was very small but he said it was cooked very well. The service was excellent and not slow. Bottle of pinot grigio very reasonable. So apart from disappointing starters it was all very good

  • By Suzanne G from Warwickshire
    28 September 2019

    We would not recommend The Old Lion it was very tired the carpets were badly stained as were the tables which could have been covered with a plain white tablecloth. The lighting was very bright and not ambient at all. There were lots of large cobwebs!!! The menu was too large if they cut it down the saving could then be spent on presentation of the inn. Staff were lovely and very knowledgeable.

  • By Fergus W from Rugby
    28 September 2019

    On entering the Old Lion we were greeted by a lovely lady who escorted us to our table and introduced our waiter for the evening. The waiter was very polite and professional. The menu was very varied and we changed our minds numerous times but settled on lamb koftas and home made scotch egg for starters, fillet steak and homemade chicken pie. The meal was delicious. After desert we settled in the bar and enjoyed a few guns from the large variety they offered. We would strongly recommend a visit to the old lion, friendly warm welcome with excellent food and service at a reasonable price. We will definitely be returning.

  • By Morgan W from Rugby
    27 September 2019

    I don’t normally complain, but both food and service was well below par. The drinks took 15 minutes to arrive, I ordered the scallops, described as scallops with bacon and pea purée. This turned out to be 2 measly scallops, a squeeze of pea purée smaller than the pad on my little finger. With not even one full rasher of bacon of which totalled over £7 and I could eat in two mouthfuls. Another of my party had stale bread arrive with their soup. The drinks both soft and draught pints were flat and we had to chase them to be redone. Finally, the waiter didn’t know how to reprint a card receipt and had to wait 5 mins for everyone to have a try. Despite an inadequate dinner the waiter who served us was very polite and that should be a credit to him.

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