The Lions Pub is a piece of England in Gastown. Offering an extensive beer and single malt list and traditional pub fare.
Came here for lunch during work. A group of us sat together from 2 different firms and patiently waited for our server. We waited about 15 mins for her to come by; she seemed frazzeled but was friendly.
After waiting we figured that we'd get both our food and drink order in, it took another 10 mins for our drinks. Overall the service was really slow. A few people got up and went to the bar to get their own drink.
The food was okay, it was my first time eating there. I had the salmon burger with a salad - my fish was over done and the bun was oily. The salad was nice, the dressing was tasty.
Other's had sandwhiches and wings and fish/chips - it all was generic pub food - the fries were doughy and soft.
It's a typical pub with average food and slow service. I noticed that a lot of tables were empty but have no been cleaned yet, by the time we left they were still dirty. When we got our food they had to grab ketchup from the neighbouring table - she never brought it.
I'm sure we'll be back for drinks... eventually - I'll skip the meal.
We'll be back for drinks I'm sure.... eventually.
The hubby comes here for the occassional lunch because it's close to the office for him and he said the food was good. Ok..... well he was right. It's an old school British pub and the food is anything but old school boring. The beef dip is just amazing! They bake their own bread apparently and it tastes fantastic. Nice soft chewy inside and a crusty top but not so crusty that it shatters when you bite into it and the crust shards cut your mouth. Perfectly done! The pot pie of the day was chicken with mushroom and it was really good too. Not too dry but not runny with sauce. Could use a veg in there besides the mushrooms (peas or carrots would be fantastic) but you know.. it was pretty darn good as it was. Crispy fries (or chips as they call them) and not a soggy one in the lot which is surprising. There's always a soggy one... but nope. Not any of the times we've gone there since that first visit. The room is definitely a bar/pub and the sports is on the TV screens. The servers are always pleasant and pretty friendly. They don't have enough working some days though so service gets a little slow but they do work hard and are trying. Over all... I always enjoy coming here and when I need a beef dip fix, I know where to go.
I had higher hopes from this pub being it is part of the Terminal City Club. it has a decent but uninspiring draught selection, weak wine options, and boring cocktails. Service is average but below par for a pub operated by a private club. food is o.k. with cheap price point. Default place close to my office but Steamworks in better.
Found the pubs decor' rather tired and in need of a refurb. The bar tender clearly had had a bad day and didnt like the fact that we'd gone to the bar for our drinks (like you would in an English pub!!) a polite explaination of the protocol would have done here. The drinks were over priced and food just about ok. In short nothing like an English pub or to put it another way ,all the bad points and none of the good ones.
I was given mostly mixed reviews about the service and food at the Lions Pub, so I didn't expect much when I was dragged there by a colleague for a drink after work. It was very busy and it was obvious they were understaffed. (I was told by a neighbouring table that this was a chronic issue at this particular establishment.) I figured if these people kept coming back, the pub must be doing something right. Unfortunately, it wasn't the food. My fish & chips were so soggy it was almost like they were dipped in water before being served. This was possibly to disguise the fact that the fish batter was burnt around the edges. This poor excuse for a $15+ meal was saved however, by the great service of Sarah (or so her nametag proclaimed). Obviously frazzled, but nonetheless prompt, professional and friendly. Despite being overwhelmed and basically on her own (there was one other server I could see besides her) she kept the drinks coming and what could have been a mediocre dining experience turned out to be better than expected. Now, what is up with the SMELL in that place? McDonald's doesn't even smell that greasy!!
I am not sure why this place is so popular. I will say that the food is usually good. The service at times is good and other nights it is lot faster to buy your drinks at the bar. To me the worst part is that it smells like grease. And when you leave that smell stays with you. I wish someone would spend some money on a decent exhaust fan for the kitchen. For me there're other places nearby with better ambiance and the same priced food and drinks.
After a first visit consisting of drinks and appetizers, while the latter were predictable at best, the decent tap selection and comfortable ambiance made us want to return. On our second visit, I tried the bangers and mash, which were not bad, but definitely nothing special. For our third visit, I ordered a burger with bacon, mushrooms and cheddar, which was good in spite of the bacon being hard as a rock, and the accompanying caesar salad was fine, though nothing extraordinary. My partner ordered a chicken pot pie which was not only obviously cooked from frozen, but tasted worse and more processed than its no-name brand counterpart. I have no idea why they would serve such a thing. We assumed that, because it was their "pie of the day," it would have to stand out in some way or at least be of a decent quality. Otherwise, why advertise it as such? The fries that came with it were also sub-standard - not tempting in the least, and definitely not worth finishing. To top it all off, my partner noticed a bunch of flakes in the bottom of her pint and asked me to smell it. Even with beer in it, the glass had a foul odor suggesting it was poorly rinsed and likely poured when it still had old dishwater food fragments in it. Our server was very nice (and very honest when she said that several other dishes on the menu were not worth trying) and, after we'd already left, we thought we might have gotten a free pint for our troubles. There's something that's just depressing about a pub that charges $7+ per pint (we had Boddington's and Newcastle) and serves sub-standard food, however. I think we were just glad to be out of there. We won't be returning.
Overall, the food, service, and sports on the TV are fine. But I wanted to use this review to just comment on the smell in the pub. It really stinks of cooking oil, which is really offputting. I know a lot of people who used to go there don't anymore because it smells so much.
Anyway, I just wanted to make that comment. Other than that, it is a typical pub with decent food.
We had 12 attend as a group and the service at 2 pm was prompt and amazingly fast for a larger group. Excellent food, nicely done. Groups can reserve for a gathering from 2 pm on, after the lunch rush. It was great. We enjoyed it.
I often hang out with friends catching the game or just throwing back a few after work. The staff is always great the food is amazing and the drink prices are unbeatable for downtown Vancouver. Highly recommend! You can kick back with friends and coworkers! What an amazingly cool place to hang out!
On Sun , Dec 23/08, 8 adults met at The Lions Pub to celebrate my sister -in-law's 65th Birthday. We were the only party in the Pub. The waitress was very unfriendly. In fact she said this is just a pub,don't expect too much from the food.
Whew!! My son-in-law arrived for a couple of minutes to say Merry Christmas and deliver some presents. As the two grandsons , 8 & 4 yrs were saying helo and kissing their Great GrandMother the waitress was in a Major panic almost yelling to get the boys out of the pub or they would loose their licence. This behaviour ruined our small party and could and should have been handled in a much more professional manner
Will never go back and will not hesitate to relate this story.