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JMLF
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The Golden Lion

Post by JMLF » 27 Aug 2018 10:38

Just wanted to give a little shout out the the golden lion - we went in for a cuppa last weekend and had a delicious coffee. The effort they have put in to the outside and inside “coffee and tea room” bit is nice to see (flowers, bright colours etc) and the fact they continually put on live music, events like a st Christopher’s pub quiz etc means it offers something different to the greyhound and the dolphin.

The new (?) menu also looks half decent too.

Just thought would mention it as imagine it’s suffering a bit at the mo perhaps.

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Re: The Golden Lion

Post by stuart » 27 Aug 2018 10:58

Just to add our Book Club is meeting there this Wednesday 7:30pm to discuss 26a by Diana Evans. Even if you haven't read the book if you are interested do join us and listen in. You will be very welcome. Or spy from a distance ...
https://sydenham.org.uk/forum/viewtopic ... ok#p174273

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Re: The Golden Lion

Post by mikej » 27 Aug 2018 12:40

Stuart, check your emails! There is a quiz in the G Lion this Wednesday, so we're meeting in the Dolphin instead.

Mike

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Re: The Golden Lion

Post by stuart » 27 Aug 2018 13:09

Mike,

Found it. That email became a victim of GMail's new more aggressive spam [mis-] detection system. I may not be the only one not to know ...

So GL visitors - if you see any bewildered folks holding a book - redirect them please!

Stuart

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Re: The Golden Lion

Post by syenhamboy » 28 Aug 2018 20:51

Not impressed with the food the fish and chips was clearly Battered Frozen Fillets and then next day saw the manager buying his food frozen from Lidl. Nothing against Lidl but I'd expect better from a Pub Restaurant.

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Re: The Golden Lion

Post by Ewa » 29 Aug 2018 08:41

Hi, Sorry to hear that you had a bad experience with you meal at The Golden Lion. We do not however use any form of frozen fish or meat from any supermarket. We currently get our meat from smithfeilds and our fish is from billingsgate market.

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Re: The Golden Lion

Post by Parker1970 » 29 Aug 2018 15:22

syenhamboy wrote: next day saw the manager buying his food frozen from Lidl. Nothing against Lidl but I'd expect better from a Pub Restaurant.
Perhaps it was for personal use? Even pub managers need to eat...

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Re: The Golden Lion

Post by syenhamboy » 29 Aug 2018 20:05

Parker1970 wrote:
syenhamboy wrote: next day saw the manager buying his food frozen from Lidl. Nothing against Lidl but I'd expect better from a Pub Restaurant.
Perhaps it was for personal use? Even pub managers need to eat...
This was wholesale purchasing

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Re: The Golden Lion

Post by Parker1970 » 29 Aug 2018 21:37

syenhamboy wrote:
Parker1970 wrote:
syenhamboy wrote: next day saw the manager buying his food frozen from Lidl. Nothing against Lidl but I'd expect better from a Pub Restaurant.
Perhaps it was for personal use? Even pub managers need to eat...
This was wholesale purchasing
Lidl don't do wholesale, they are a retailer.

Do you mean he was buying a lot of frozen food? So does my ex-partner, he has a huge freezer he stocks up from discount stores.

In short, you are making assumptions... that may be founded, and may be not.

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Re: The Golden Lion

Post by syenhamboy » 1 Sep 2018 08:15

Parker1970 wrote: next day saw the manager buying his food frozen from Lidl. Nothing against Lidl but I'd expect better from a Pub Restaurant.
Perhaps it was for personal use? Even pub managers need to eat...
This was wholesale purchasing

Lidl don't do wholesale, they are a retailer.

Do you mean he was buying a lot of frozen food? So does my ex-partner, he has a huge freezer he stocks up from discount stores.

In short, you are making assumptions... that may be founded, and may be not.
I know what I saw, and it put me off dining here.
I don't go to a restaurant or pub to eat-out to eat Lidl frozen Fish and Chips, I can do that at home.

I'm fully aware Lidl aren't a wholesaler but are you seriously telling me that you've never seen bulk buying from traders? You see it all the time.

I once went to and Italian restaurant in Bromley and I asked the waiter about a particular ingredient in his ravioli and the waiter came back with the packet Tesco own brand pasta with a discounted sticker on it £3. It was on the menu for £11.99. Nothing illegal in this of course but if you find out the source of your food it can and does put some people off.

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Re: The Golden Lion

Post by sydnami » 1 Sep 2018 09:03

Some pretty crass levels of conjecture on this thread. Local business deserves better than local keyboard warrior putting two and two together and coming up with a potential five...

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Re: The Golden Lion

Post by Newtosydenham » 1 Sep 2018 13:48

I love the Golden Lion. They have a great Gin selection and the staff are all very friendly and welcoming.

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Re: The Golden Lion

Post by syenhamboy » 1 Sep 2018 16:42

sydnami wrote:Some pretty crass levels of conjecture on this thread. Local business deserves better than local keyboard warrior putting two and two together and coming up with a potential five...
I'm not sorry if I gave my honest opinion the food was not Home Made Fish and Chips and was Obviously Frozen Fish in Batter. By pure fluke I saw the manager/owner in Lidl's the next day Stocking Up.

I'm sorry if an honest opinion infuriates.

Want me to lie and say it was beautiful home made beer battered fish caught that morning from a boat off the Cornish coast.

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Re: The Golden Lion

Post by mosy » 1 Sep 2018 22:27

syenhamboy - first time (in how long?) I've noticed your name has no "d" so please forgive any prior misspellings.

I've no doubt you were disappointed with your fish and chips since done really well they are a treat - or not. It's speculation though that the manager was buying from Lidl for the pub as it could have been for personal use or another food outlet plus Ewa subsequently assured us that fish served in the Golden Lion is from Billingsgate (presumably fresh and not then frozen by the pub). So it seems the issue has been noted by them, assuming Ewa is a representative for the pub and if so thanks Ewa for keeping in touch on here.

I would say that not everyone can make good fish and chips including some chippies, surprisingly given it's their stock in trade. Hopefully if the pub's cook's batter recipe needs adjusting, or oil temp, or needs better cuts from the fish, it'll soon be sorted.

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Re: The Golden Lion

Post by AD » 2 Sep 2018 00:13

Pub is friendly enough but food is rubbish. Had a Vegetarian Sunday lunch there a few weeks ago and inedible really. Won’t eat there again. Shame as the pub itself is decent

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Re: The Golden Lion

Post by syenhamboy » 2 Sep 2018 11:57

sydnami wrote:Some pretty crass levels of conjecture on this thread. Local business deserves better than local keyboard warrior putting two and two together and coming up with a potential five...
Keyboard warrior? Power to the people that can hold businesses accountable for poor service or food. You carry on wearing your rose tinted glasses and live happily ever after.

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Re: The Golden Lion

Post by parker » 2 Sep 2018 12:14

syenhamboy wrote:
sydnami wrote:Some pretty crass levels of conjecture on this thread. Local business deserves better than local keyboard warrior putting two and two together and coming up with a potential five...
Keyboard warrior? Power to the people that can hold businesses accountable for poor service or food. You carry on wearing your rose tinted glasses and live happily ever after.
I agree, if the food is coming from Lidl you shouldn’t be charging over £10 for a meal. Charge Wetherspoon prices and people may keep their discoveries to themselves.

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Re: The Golden Lion

Post by Ewa » 17 Sep 2018 12:49

Just a reminder. Live Jazz this Wednesday at The Golden Lion 8.30 pm.
The Gig Jazz.
Free Entry . To reserve a table call us on 0208 7786859

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Re: The Golden Lion

Post by Ewa » 18 Sep 2018 12:11

Any local bands/musicians who would like to gig at the Golden Lion please call 0208 7788969 for more information and available dates.

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Re: The Golden Lion

Post by JMLF » 26 Sep 2018 21:23

Just noticed on “social media” (god I hate that phrase!) that the Golden Lion are now under new management and also have a new Head Chef starting this week.

Just thought I’d flag it up here as I know some people haven’t been impressed by previous visits re: food. Never been myself other than for a drink / coffee so can’t comment on that but felt bit of news that would be helpful to get out there!

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