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Accommodation Details The Lion Inn
Kirkbymoorside, Blakey North YorkshireYO62 7LQ
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Comments by walkers who stayed at The Lion Inn in Blakey Ridge on The Coast to Coast Path
Really enjoyed our stay here in this iconic place. Great food and lots of it. Clean room and en suite.
Kate's Dad, left on 13 August 2018
April 2017. The bed was the most uncomfortable of the C2C places I stayed, very saggy - needs replacing. The room was also very small but it made up for it by having a bath rather than just a shower. The meals were standard pub fare. On the night I stayed the real ale was not at its best in terms of quality or variety so I ended up drinking Moretti which was a bit of a disappointment. overall 3.5/5
Jeff, left on 03 May 2017
Terrific stay in June 2016. Our room was comfortable and clean. Nice bathroom en-suite. The food was some of the best on the trail - steak and ale pie, creamed mushrooms and pate for appetizers. Excellent beer on tap. Would highly recommend staying here!
Maria Hancock, left on 18 July 2016
Stayed her mid Sept whilst walking the C2C. Room comfortable with very friendly staff. Good choice of food and beers. Whilst we stayed the weather was nice which meant we had glorious views across the North York Moors
John & Jenny, left on 15 November 2015
Our stay here while walking the C2C a second time was just as enjoyable as the first despite the fact the room (Room 6) was noticeably smaller. (I think we may have been spoiled by having Room 14 the first time). Most of the staff were friendly and pleasant. The older part of the building is steeped in history and atmosphere. The room was clean, warm and comfortable but did lack space for walkers to spread out. The en-suite, (shower over bath) was good. Toiletries were provided because of the treated spring water used. The garden provided a lovely area to relax. Mobile reception was patchy but Wi-Fi was available throughout. Meals were excellent, generous servings for evening meal and plentiful varied selection available at breakfast. Recommended. Stayed 12th June 2015
Peter and Ann Mower, left on 06 July 2015
I stayed one night during September whilst solo walking the C2C. Booking in at the bar seemed rather casual and I was left to find my own room. I had double room, fortunately I was on my own otherwise for two it would have been small since finding enough floor space to open my suitcase was not easy. Nevertheless the room was clean and the bed very comfortable. The en-suite bathroom was nice and a generous size. I could hear conversations from the bar below my room but luckily these did not last long and I had a restful night. My evening meal was very good and there was ample choice. Breakfast was also good. The very low cost of the room helps you to ignore the bar conversations and room size!
Steve., left on 02 December 2014
This is my second visit and not much changes. Medium-sized room but no shower, just a bath. Pub food.
Geoff Melotti, left on 08 July 2014
Good facilities and great food and beer. A good place to stay
S Woodall, left on 03 September 2013
so just left newland house, The lion inn what can i say you can feel the history here. our twin room was great, well a double and single bed. with a bath! nice for a soak. the meals are amazing so save some room. great place to eat, drink and meet fellow walkers. you have to stop here. next linton house Grosmont.
ALAN & PAUL, left on 26 July 2013
Not to be missed. This place is an integral part of my positive memories of the Coast to Coast. My experience was probably colored by the fact that, as a solo walker, I met up with good walking companions here after some dreadful weather and lonely days. Objectively, the room and food were very good and the common areas very convivial. Highly recommended.
John Mitchell [Australia], left on 31 December 2012
Great place to arrive after a stunning day's walk from Osmotherley. Atmospheric old pub - definitely recommend staying here if you can get a room - one of the highlights of our walk. A bonus was that our room had a BATH - hooray! Great food and huge portion sizes. Breakfast was also delicious - with fresh fruit too (we were surprised how many places didn't serve fresh fruit).
Peter & Michelle, Australia, stayed in Sept 12, left on 15 October 2012
This was probably my favourite spot on the C2C route. Great pub divided into several areas so it has a very cozy feel (although you have to watch your head on some of the doorways). The rooms were surprisingly modern and well-appointed (heated towel bars!). Staff were unfailingly friendly and helpful. Good breakfast and packed lunch. Highly recommended.
Murray Marshall, left on 17 September 2012
A unique old pub wonderful views - lovely large room and bathroom with lots of hot water, comfy bed. Food was good in fact 6 large rooms full of diners speaks for its self. would recommend. sandwiches very expensive at 4.25p.
Janet, left on 05 August 2012
Great pub, good food and beer but bed was uncomfortable. Still worth a stay lovely setting.
Jayne and dave, left on 08 July 2012
Good food, comfy surroundings. Worth a stay.
Jess, left on 20 April 2012
We stayed across the road at High Bakey house - alas no longer available - and ate dinner here. It is a magical place - quite the most uniques pub I have ever seen and dinner was excellent.
Michael & Karen Silverberg., left on 15 October 2011
A very busy pub in the middle of nowhere with great food. Its the place to stay and a must for your coast to coast if you can manage to get booked in. We had a nice spacious room that was clean and well appointed. We liked the Hot chocloate that was provided, made a change from the usual tea and coffee. The beds were incredibly soft and you certainly sunk down into them!
Steph Bett , left on 09 September 2011
A very busy pub in the middle of nowhere with great food. Its the place to stay and a must for your coast to coast if you can manage to get booked in. We had a nice spacious room that was clean and well appointed. We liked the Hot chocloate that was provided, made a change from the usual tea and coffee. The beds were incredibly soft and you certainly sunk down into them!
Steph Bett , left on 09 September 2011
Comfortable but one of our rooms hadn't been cleaned. Fantastic views across the previous day's walk. The late breakfast was a small problem but the food was good. Service in general was surprisingly varied for such a well established hotel. It seemed to be a case of attracting attention and hoping no-one else would establish a more urgent request.
Sheila, left on 02 August 2011
Despite having a virtual monopoly on the top of Blakey Moor, the Lion Inn has set and maintained a great standard. Good food, great selection of beers and an excellent choice of accomodation - all at a very good price.
Ian Spight, left on 01 July 2011
Good Room & Good Food & Breakfast.
Yve Macartney, left on 26 June 2011
Great room with the best large en suite bathroom of the trip. This is an excellent pub with great atmosphere, pub food and beers, especially liked the 'nutty black'. We arrived early and spent the afternoon amusing ourselves with cards and other pub games. Only downside for walkers was that we wanted to leave early the next day as we had 17 miles to go but they don't start serving breakfast till 8.30 am which would have made for too late a start. They swopped the breakfasts for packed lunches instead.
Curlew, left on 21 June 2011
Great pub, lovely room, with a much welcome bath. We had a lovely meal in the evening, and worked our way through the excellent selection of beers at the bar. Breakfast was really good too, with the option of kippers to break the monotony of full English.
anon, left on 20 June 2011
Another oasis on the C2C , even though it's on the top of a grouse moor ! What a welcome sight. Warm welcome too. Nice hot bath. Very good food service and efficiently run. We forgot to order our packed lunch but
David Joll, left on 31 May 2011
Superb Hot beef sandwich & chips, confirmed it was no mirage that we had seen on the hillside. Small bedroom but hot bath made up for it.
Gail, left on 15 May 2011
A welcome sight after a long walk across the moors. Remote but welcoming, a very busy restaurant but with good food and quick service. An excellent place to stay.
Stephen & Lorraine, left on 08 May 2011
We loved it here, the atmosphere and the food and especially the hot towel rails. It was the best stop on route
Sue and Ian Clayden, left on 20 February 2011
Don't miss this. Excellent food in this enormous pub in the middle of nowhere. Rooms clean and ensuite has a bathtub.
Diane and Ross Meacher, left on 10 January 2011
We've been going to The Lion Inn for many years because of the great food but never actually stayed overnight there until the Coast to Coast April 2010. I was pleasantly suprised... the bedrooms were very comfortable, the food is amazing but the best part was the big bathtub for our VERY achy feet!!
Mr & Mrs Lawler, left on 10 January 2011
Fantastic pub. Beautiful rooms. Superb menu. Our best overnight stay!
Jill Baxter, left on 09 January 2011
we camped behind the car park, about as bleak as you can get in Nov but inside the pub for food & wash was good
gillian mortimer, left on 08 January 2011
Oh what a wondrful stay!!! We planned two nights here to give us a bit of a rest from our c2c walk. For a special treat I booked the end room farthest from the pub area which had a King-sized bed and lots of room and a nice bathroom. It was fabulous!

We had family members who picked us up to go to Riveaux Abby and then when we returned, more family came for dinner. This place has it all food-wise. The fancier dining area featured a bit more elegant dining menu and the pub area has a friendly cozy feel and a bit less expensive fare. But in reality you can order from either menu wherever you are sitting. The food was excellent, the portions were huge and there were so many fresh veggies to chose from. It seemed that the restaurant and pub are always full, so reserve a table for dinner when you arrive or you might not get one, which speaks well of their reputation. Breakfasts were also very nice and had good choices. The staff here is very friendly and competant. It was such a good rest for us. We wouldn't mind coming back to stay here when not doing the c2c.
Karen and Brian Daniels, Arizona USA, left on 26 November 2010
Another excellent place to stay on the C2C.
Food, beer and rooms all good. On a wild September night this was a great place to stay.
North Lincs Last of the Summer Wine Group, left on 06 October 2010
Two of us and a dog in the twin room 2 was always going to be a bit of a squeeze and although the dog could not turn around between the beds (she is only a small collie) the room was clean and warm. The sole use of Bathroom meant we could get some stuff dry. Good food and beer and generally very helpful staff.
Steve B, left on 02 October 2010
Stayed here 19 August 2010 (family of 5). A very welcome sight crossing the moors, this is a fine and massively popular place to stay. 5 of us crammed into a clean, modern room (as we expected in advance) behind this large, well-known Inn. Good, substantial pub meals, good beers, lots of walkers and trippers. Is this place ever empty?
John & Josie Thompson and family, left on 26 September 2010
A must place to stay on the C to C. Arrived just after lunchtime on day of wind and hail (mid September) to The Lion bursting at the seams. Snug, ensuite room. Staff friendly. Evening meal - large portions. Breakfast time ran like a well oiled machine.
Margaret, left on 19 September 2010
A welcome resting place after long wet walk. Rooms are bright, clean and comfortable with food and drink to restore and refresh anyone.
Andy Horrocks, left on 04 September 2010
Very nearly the only accommodation for miles around. I had a very cheap and small room (No. 2) with private bathroom. Bath no shower, no room to move but all clean and new. The evening meal was better than average and the breakfast fine. Superb location, when I booked in the winter they were snowed in. A welcome rest after a long slog from Osmotherley. We left on 14/08/2010.
Bob Watts, left on 31 August 2010
In spite of it's remote setting this is a very busy pub and deservedly so - the beer & general atmosphere were excellent, the food was good and the room, although quite small, was very comfortable and well furbished. Excellent packed lunch. Highly recommended.
Sue & Barry, left on 29 August 2010
Can't recommend enough, take the short day from Clay Bank and arrive here in time for lunch and relaxing afternoon in this busy, but still friendly pub in the middle of the moors.
Good rooms with fantastic selection of food, evening and breakfast. And best selection of beer on the walk.
Steve - July 2010, left on 12 August 2010
Room & ensuite was very clean, modern and bright. The evening meal menu is very extensive and you can choose to eat in the bar or the dining room (same price). Good selection of hand pulled beers. Breakfasts very good and kippers are an option. Would stay here again without a doubt.
Mark & Lorna , left on 10 August 2010
Friendly reception even though the staff were very busy at the time. The room was very comfortable and recently decorated. The Inn is full of character and serves very good beer and its location, of course, is unique. We were disappointed by the food though which was very average
Frank and Sue, left on 28 July 2010
Camped here and had eve meal and breakfast. Great place, very friendly to C2C'ers
Tricia Waycott, left on 25 July 2010
A wonderful spot to stay. We opted for a tiny room for a tiny price but it had its own bathroom across the hall and was perfectly comfortable and great value. Food was good, excellent breakfast. Fabulous location.

A bit of a long haul from Ingleby Cross - leaving us little time to dawdle on the moors.
Gillian (Ottawa), left on 18 July 2010
A great pub to stay in. We arrived at lunchtime, from Chop Gate, and enjoyed both lunch and dinner. Room was comfortable, clean and spacious.
Steve and Christine, left on 16 July 2010
An oasis in the wilderness. Good pub food, warm and comfortable, reasonable value.
Joe and Susie. Left on 30th April 2010
Joe Nicholas., left on 15 July 2010
Stayed Monday 28th June After the last 5 miles of railway best view all day arrived hot and dirty great welcome had evening meal with 8 other walkers we had met could not eat it all! good breakfast and on our way
David & Simon, left on 13 July 2010
We live locally to here and its already a favourite of ours and have stayed before. We stayed again on our C2C and will stay again before too long. Its a lovely pub, with great hearty food and a great location. This was the first time we've been able to sit out in the sunshine and we spent a great afternoon in the beer garden waiting for family to arrive to have dinner with us.
Our room was really bright and welcoming, (room 10) with a bath (but no shower) and was obviously very recently redecorated and really comfortable.
Rob & Emma, left on 23 June 2010
Fine accommodation with an excellent restaurant is in this remote spot.
Howard Park, left on 11 June 2010
On the C2C this is a must call. We were in snow and hail and it was mid may. Rooms are lovely and food OK for a pub. The packed lunches were disappointing.
Val and Rob Hill, left on 29 May 2010
Stayed here with my dog. Excellent value for money both the room and the food. Great beer.

One downside - don't have the spray on smoke-flavour kippers for breakfast they were dreadful, stick with the full English.
Stayed 21/4/2010
Paul and Midge
Paul and Midge, left on 28 April 2010
Great hospitality, wished the weather had been cold and wet as we love the cosy atmosphere. We planned a stop here on our C2C walk even though it delayed out arrival at RHB by a day!
Amanda,Ian, Adam and Jason, left on 11 December 2009
Wonderful location, cosy bar/restaurant, comfortable bedroom with bath (30 mins to fill!) Room available early. Ample choice/quantity of evening food, adequately prepared. Breakfast limited. Staff business-like but not welcoming. Slightly disappointing after high expectations. but would stay again given location.
Left 28 Sept 2009
Anne & Colin Stares, left on 06 December 2009
You have to stay here if you are doing the c2c - it is an iconic place. We arrived in heavy mist and could barely see 10 feet in front of us and left the following morning in glorious sunshine. It was very good value for money too.
Louise, left on 30 August 2009
The Lion Inn was great value at 20 for a single in a twin room. And the room was decent, as too the shared bathroom. But the food was average at best. Id recommend staying here, but don't get too high hopes after seeing the other reviews - it's only the location and price that get 5* from me.
GJ, left on 28 August 2009
Had the most amazing room (rm11) with a fantastic view over the moors. The double shower was great after a long day. The evening meal in the restaurant was really good with a lovely atmosphere. The breakfast wasn't one of the best but everything else made up for it.
Sarah & Colin, Suffolk, left on 08 August 2009
As a second time coast to coaster an Iconic stop after the big walk! Good food, great shower and bath with very comfy beds. More buisness like than a homely guest house but then its catering for loads more people...where did all those walkers come from!
Sarah and Tony Hutt, left on 08 August 2009
Good sight to see from the C2C route. Good room, good food, good beer!!!
One observation - the deliver/collection point for baggage handling companies means that fire escape route is compromised.
Andy - 'Belmont Yompers', left on 27 May 2009
Don't miss this place! Rearrange your itinerary if you have to.
Jeanne and Bonnie, left on 09 October 2008
23/09/08 The pubs are less welcoming than the B&Bs but it was comfortable and clean. Evening meal was lovely. Only drawback was no cooked breakfast before 8.30am and we needed an early start so had to make do with cereal and toast. Not enough before an 18 mile walk! Be warned - only UHT milk for breakfast.
Lesley and Alison, left on 05 October 2008
Great pub, with decent grub.

Camping was cheap, but is very exposed to the elements - significantly more so than anywhere else we stayed. Fine in summer, need good equiptment for winter though.

Aug '08
Jon Brenner, left on 27 August 2008
We had the most fantastic room (14) with a king size bed and a bathroom view to die for! The room was really lovely and once you are in that bath it is very hard to get back out again! The food was OK although the service from the two ladies who appeared to be in charge was not particularly friendly. It was as if they really couldn't be bothered and resented you asking them anything! We also shared a table and were told we 'all' had to order from the same menu as the chefs couldn't do some a'la carte and some bar meals! We would recommend you go for the bar meals as the a'la carte was VERY expensive! The breakfast was very good though with a good choice.
Craig and Nicola July 2008, left on 20 August 2008
Stayed 30/07/08. Lovely place, good service from friendly staff. Reasonable rates and meals exactly what you want after a long walk. Breakfast was very good, good selection of cereals, fruit etc as well as cooked option. Good beer too :o)
Jo Richardson, left on 08 August 2008
A good pint, nice bar meals and warm it fits the bill perfectly. The rooms are clean and ours was a good size with a very welcome bath.
Ruby & Co, left on 12 June 2008
We stayed 24th May 2008 and were very welcome to see the Inn after a very windy walk across the moors. The room was very nice, clean, comfortable and had everything you could possible need for a stay. The food was excellent and the staff very friendly and attentive. We were reluctant to leave the next day and tackle the wind and moors again!
Janet Penfold, left on 11 June 2008
Quite simply an oasis in the middle of nowhere after a punishing 20 mile stretch of the C2C.
Superb beers, excellent food and the best accommodation I've ever seen in this price range.
Tom Crowley, left on 08 June 2008
The inn was a welcome sight after a long, wind blown day of walking. The room was small, but well appointed and the bath was wonderful. The service in the dining room left MUCH to be desired and the portions were revoltingly large. Don't pay the prices of the dining room--opt for the friendly pub and more reasonably priced meals there.
Susan, Wilmington Delaware, left on 30 May 2008
Spectacular location! A welcome sight on aproaching across the barren moor. Fine old building with great pub atmosphere. Very small room/bathroom, but comfortable once in the bed.
Staff seemed tired and indifferent/unhelpful - perhaps they'd had a bad day? Pub food and service was undistinguished. Left very early, before breakfast.If I ever go again, I'll probably try the competition. Was therre 13 May, 2008.
Marjorie from Canada, left on 28 May 2008
If you've walked for 21 miles like we did there are really only 2 things you could wish for when you reach you destination - A great pint & a BATH !!
The Lion provided both of these along with fantastic evening meal. Service for breakfast was a little slow and not many smiles - shame as we had had a great time up until then.
Oakley Plodders, left on 23 May 2008
Great to have a bath after a very very windy day! Food and beer excellent.
John Shreeve, left on 05 April 2008
Great spot for a pub. Always crowded. Friendly with good food and beer. Peter and Kate, Australia.
Peter Ridding, left on 02 November 2007
Left Wed. 19th Sept. 2007
Absolutely a unique location and a great atmosphere. room was a tad on the small size but was extremely comfortable. Evening meal is
Dave Partridge, left on 13 October 2007
We stayed at The Lion Inn on 28 June.
A wonderfully atmospheric pub where thick stone walls and softly lit interiors invite walkers to linger.We had a comfortable, well-equipped ensuite room and we enjoyed the hearty pub food. Our third stay - highly recommended.
Marjorie & Harry Kensell, left on 10 October 2007
We had hoped to book High Blakey House but it wasn't available so we had to settle for The Lion Inn. We were pleasantly surprised in that the accommodations were updated with private bath, good shower. We were on the ground floor and overlooked a sheep pen, but that was okay with the moors in the distance. Definitely an impersonal hotel feel but perfectly fine. The pub was busy with adequate, nothing special food. Good assortment of beer. Can't top the location. Good place to take an evening walk. July 2007
Cindy and Joe, Seattle, WA, left on 25 August 2007
Stayed 18th July 2007. Lovely old pub with modern room and en-suite bath and shower. Good evening meal though the service deteriorated as the night went on. Good breakfast (another chance to have kippers).
Tim and Dot, left on 29 July 2007
Unique place, very popular for food and drink despite isolated location. Our room was quite small with shared facilities but we know that new rooms have been opened recently. Meals were typical pub grub with large portions. Had run out of baked beans for breakfast! Accepts dogs. Stayed 9th June 2007
David and Kathryn, left on 15 July 2007
What can I say! The most amazing place to stay on the whole walk. Make sure you don't miss this unique experience.
Mary, left on 08 June 2007
Good room facilities, if slightly squeezed in. Mountainous meal and excellent beer. A good stopover.
Stottie, left on 30 April 2007
Stayed July 2006. Not exactly a personal service as the place was absolutely packed and it took over an hour to get our meal after ordering it, but rooms and bathrooms all very high quality and there was a good choice for breakfast.
Naomi, left on 16 February 2007
Exactly what a walkers' pub should be, with a great bar selection, great food and an opportunity to easily strike up a conversation with other walkers. Room was clean and comfortable, breakfast was good. Very busy, because it's good, so book early. Along with the Greyhound as favourites on the C2C.
Jeff Stanners, left on 12 October 2006
Great food and drink - a very welcome place at the end of a long day!
Larry Murtaugh, left on 02 October 2006
Great place to stay!! Very comfortable clean room with good size bath. Food was excellent both in the evening and at breakfast. The packed lunch that they provided for the following day must have been the best on route too!!
Ruth and Roy, left on 01 October 2006
Stayed here on Saturday 29th July
After the 23 mile trek from Ingleby Arncliffe the Lion Inn was a very welcome sight. We had the smallest room in the pub and had to share a bathroom with two other rooms but we only paid 36 so can't complain. Remember to book a table for dinner if you want to avoid the bar area which can get very crowded and smokey, especially on a Saturday night. Our meal was excellent and served at a very relaxed pace considering how busy they were. Cooked breakfasts are served from 8.30 a.m. but we managed to get cereal, juice, yogurt, tea and toast from 7.30 a.m. as we wanted an earlier start. OK the Lion Inn doesn't provide the personal service of some of the B&Bs along the route but it is friendly, has a great atmosphere, serves great food and is very good value. Note - there is nowhere else up here apart from the B&B across the road which doesn't open at weekends.
Deborah & Gwen, left on 30 August 2006
My favourite pub
Nimrod, left on 24 July 2006
June 22, 2006
Nice Place. Good food. single room quite small but nice.
Carole Pratt, left on 20 July 2006
I cannot agree with Karl en Petra. The Lion Inn is an excellent place to stay and eat and the 7 other C2C walkers staying with me on the night of 25 June will vouch for that. The rooms were comfortable and clean and there was ample hot water. The meals were outstanding ande service was with a smile by everyone working there. It was busy when we arrived (Sunday afternoon) but a group of us gathered around a table in the bar with a great atomsphere. the breakfast was outstanding and I will be taking my wife to stay there in the very near future - if I can get in..
Ernie, left on 29 June 2006
This B&B was a bit of a disappointment. We think it was rather impersonal and the barmeal and breakfast were pretty bad.
Karl en Petra, left on 15 June 2006
Excellent value and well worth the stay just for the atmosphere, very good food and range of beers, very friendly staff
Keith Gill left 18 May 2006, left on 31 May 2006
A rather impersonal place to stay, but adequate for all that. Some other walkers were not in the best rooms and we felt glad to have a room large enough to spread out in. Our room had a bath and radiators so was warm. The food was hearty and well presented and the breakfast very tasty. Good packed lunches.
Jenni Bradbury, left on 29 May 2006
Stayed here12.5.06. Excellent food and accommodation, staff most helpful and friendly,.packed lunch very good but at 5.45 not good value for money.
mick allonby 15.5.06, left on 15 May 2006
stayed here 21st may 2006
this place is a must ,top draw english pub, value for money accomodation , superb food.
left 22nd may 2006
frank hitchen, left on 06 May 2006
The cosy, atmospheric bar with thick stone walls provides a great welcome for C2C walkers. Comfortable rooms, good hearty food, friendly staff - a great C2C stopover. Our second stay and just as good as we remembered. We hope to visit again.
Marjorie & Harry Kensell, left on 26 November 2005
This is the only day when I was glad it was raining... The Lion Inn is the perfect place in which to hole up on a wet, windy and misty day. What a fantastic pub, great food, real ale and charming staff. Bedroom comfortable, radiators boiling hot for drying and shared bathroom clean and spacious. It would be a shame to do the C 2 C and not stay here!
Jenny Talbot, left on 30 September 2005
Very small twin room, with shared bathroom (with bath), luckily next room not used and where able to leave big bags on the landing outside!

Also had trouble with radiator not turning off and boiling us half to death!

Food in pub nothing to write home about.

Lovely location.
Chrissy, left on 28 September 2005
Such a relief to see this place on the horizon after the long trek from Ingleby. Camping in field is basic but you get to use excellent shower facilities in the pub (although you have to walk through dining room to access!). Delicious pub food and good beers. Would definitely stay again.
Sharon & Jonathan, left on 26 August 2005
Nowt wrong with this at all. Like the Tan Hill on the Pennine way, why would anyone not stop here?
Uncle Gareth, left on 24 August 2005
The only place to stay after a long day from Ingleby Cross. Lovely room (the honeymoon suite!) and good food. Wonderful atmosphere and beer, especially if you are in a crowd, as we were.
Eric Rose, left on 15 August 2005
Its already all been said but I just must reiterate that this is THE place to stay on the whole C2C. We planned our walk around staying here and it was a really good decision. The atmosphere was great, meeting up with many fellow C2C walkers we had met over the previous 12 days, beers and food excellent.
Simon, left on 25 July 2005
I had the three course Sunday lunch here, which was excellent value, and wished I had stayed the night. This was the best meal I had on the whole Coast To Coast, and miles ahead of the standard pub offering.
James Berry, left on 24 July 2005
Welcome traditional pub & pub-fare with open fires and a pot of tea at the end of a long day. Camping is cheap, and they provide 1st class rooms for showering/changing.
Tom Smyth, left on 30 May 2005
The Lion Inn provided a basic camp site with great views too much litter on the ground. It had the hottest showers known! fantastic after a hard days walk, the evening meals were filling and hot, beer very nice, bar staff friendly, Breakfast not recommended if you want to walk after!! Great value for money.
Hems Trauma Team, left on 11 May 2005
We didn't stay here but ate lunch instead. It rises up out of the middle of no where. The cider was incredible, the desserts excellent (I had two), and the meal very filling and warm!
vbrink, left on 08 May 2005
We arrived there after a rainy and foggy day out on the moors and were more than happy with our tiny room and a hot bath. One of the beds was a bit aslope, but anyway - it was cheap.

Very special atmosphere with all the fog outside! I would love to stay there in winter.
Julia and Ben, left on 07 May 2005
What can I say that hasn't already been said? This lonely retreat was packed to the walls when we arrived and it was easy to see why. Food, drink and entertainment (watching the sheep mill about the picnic tables outside - unfortunately it was Sunday and there was no live music).

Comfortable rooms through the back of the kitchen - that was kind of odd, I always felt like I was intruding on the staff - but we enjoyed it.
Gene Whitright, left on 13 October 2004
The Lion Inn is a great haven for weary Coast to Coast walkers and certainly met all our expectations. It was lovely to escape the wind, meet up with fellow walkers and enjoy lunch in The Lion (after our shortest day's walk).

A hot bath, a great evening meal, a good sleep and a hearty breakfast gave us renewed energy to walk on towards Robin Hood's Bay.

Marjorie & Harry Kensell
M Kensell, left on 27 September 2004
Small room but comfortable and had bath (definitely my priority!) Good food and ales. Very welcome place
Pam, Ken, Denise and Michael, left on 06 September 2004
Our room was tiny, but very comfortable and for 17-50 great value for money. We arrived on a Sunday afternoon and I was amazed at the number of people who were there. There were two coaches, hundreds of cars and motor cyles and one customer arriving by helicopter , it was busier than any motorway service area I have ever seen. With nothing else around for miles, I wondered where they all came from. The same on Sunday night. All those people couldn't have found their way there for bad food !! Too right. I enjoyed the best mince & dumplings for years.
A power cut at breakfast time unfortunately curtailed our
cooked breakfast a little ( no eggs as only the grill working) but a great stop over neverthe less.
Bill Henderson, left on 27 August 2004
We arrived here on Fathers day 20 June (big mistake, but no choice really) The place was heaving with families having Fathers day meals. Felt a little self concious walking through all the finely dressed people in our boots and wet walking gear. Our room was small with the wallpaper peeling off the walls in places - but the bath was good, and you are staying in a bit of history !!
The food in the dining room (one of the chefs had called in sick and so they were only doing the bar menue) was excellent. Great breakfast. Leaving was difficult as without all the bodies around the Lion Inns true character appeared and just made you want to stay longer.
Bob and Janice Orrell, left on 08 July 2004
Loved the pub and the meal. Unfortunately, the Lion booked us incorrectly so we found ourselves without accommodations there. To the Lion's credit and our thanks, the Lion manager arranged accommodations and transportation at the Moorland Hotel in Castleton (8 miles away), where we had a good room and an excellent breakfast. The Moorland returned us to the Lion for baggage transfer and continuation of the C2C. The walk from Osmotherly to Blakey was long and got a bit tiresome toward the end, so it was especially satisfying to savor the food and drink at the Lion. Friends who stayed at the Lion also reported a small room. But we all found the food and drink to be excellent! - Kate
Kate DeRosier, left on 04 July 2004
choo choo! Welcome to Blakey junction. If you have come all the way from Inglebury, in order not to leave the route, it will be about seven and all you will want to do is put your tent up, have a meal and then collapse into your sleeping bag. However, if you arrive fresher you might be annoyed by the lack of shower, the fact that you have to use the lounge bar wash basin and toilet and that the field resembles a building site. I also found myself having to run around in my underpants at five in the morning chasing sheep away from my tent (they had started to nibble it). I have wondered if anyone was up at the time to notice what must have been a rather comical sight. I wasn't charged anything though and it is so convenient that I would camp here again - it's only for one night after all.
Shaun, left on 07 June 2004
A welcome sight when it first appears on the horizon - but I have to say that I found it a bit expensive, espeially when you have to buy their (fairly average) bar meals too. Bath, not showers. It was the best breakfast on the route though - huge choice. I wouldn't have wanted to camp there - exposed and windy!
Kate B, left on 28 April 2004
We enjoyed the atmosphere and history of the Lion. The double rooms with ensuite bath are expensive for the size at 29 GBP per person, but the bar was great fun. There was less smoke in the dining room than the bar and you can still have the bar menu there. Food was ok if not special, but the beer was great. And we really liked the many choices for breakfast.
Jean Woy, left on 20 October 2003
The Lion was a lot of fun. Good beer and nice welcome. Relatively expensive for the room, but then it doesn't have a lot of competition. The food was nothing special, but perhaps we should have stuck to simpler dishes. The bar was too smoky, so we ate in the dining room, with the awkward setup of having to order off of either the bar menu (which we did) or the dining room menu, but unable to mix them together. Dessert great, though, as always in England. We liked having more choices at breakfast.
Jean Woy, left on 09 October 2003
Lots of information already here but would reiterate that this place is not geared for campers, although it's a cheap way to appreciate the fine beer and food. We found the field allocated for camping needed clearing of stones and litter. A couple of pints is certainly the best way to dull your ears to the sound of the wind on the outside of the tent if you don't manage to bag a sheltered spot in th camping field. Would still agree that it's a must - our night was improved by arriving to find that a friend's band had been booked to play in the bar that night. Not sure if everyone gets this service though!
Richard Malcolm, left on 05 October 2003
Good food and atmosphere. Unfortunately the room we were allocated was next to the door into a utility room, with the door continualy banging until after midnight. Not good when trying to sleep after a long days walk.
Kate Ellis, left on 28 September 2003
I can't beleive you "PENINE" How can you say this 14th century pub was a dissapointing place to stay, silly little boy!
Now, we really enjoyed our stay. The room was excellent VFM and we had a lovely meal and a good pint of old pec. Very generous breakfast. For the money could'nt complain. Stay here. TV as well.
Antony Hunt, left on 21 September 2003
We didn't stay here but wished we had. A great pub and restaurant in the middle of nowhere. Frequent live music and a wide choice of good beer (and coffee too). Very friendly and popular.
Peter Bradley, left on 18 September 2003
This was absolutely one of our favorite places on our coast-to-coast walk. It was worth the extra money.
Janice Plante and Rod Getchell, left on 14 September 2003
Lovely old pub, a real sight for sore eyes as you come round the final corner of the disused railway. Maybe not the best value for money on the walk but very rarely will you have the opportunity to stop over at a place like the Lion Inn - really, it's an opportunity you should take. Lovely beer and food, very welcoming staff and a fantastic breakfast menu ('full english' was becoming a bit monotonous day after day...)
Martin, left on 01 September 2003
A welcome sight on the horizon after 10 miles inpersonating Wainwrights beloved steam train. Small room but good VFM for 17.50. Many differant choices at breakfast. A must stopover on the C to C.
Nigel Broadbent, left on 25 August 2003
I stayed and had a twin room to myself, just as well as there was no room to swing a cat. Had to share a bathroom and toilet with another couple. No shower. Bar staff nice enough and the food was ok, but I wouldnt rush back to the restaurant.
Pennine, left on 01 August 2003
An interesting stay, small room (I had been warned) but added to the whole C2C experience, it was memorable, and a necessity so can't knock it. worth it for the breakfast.
Dave & Tim, left on 26 July 2003
definetely a must after a hards day walking, both good food and drink make this a superb place to stay
shaun, left on 15 June 2003
It is unique for position and history. The bath was welcome and the food so good. A long walk from Osmotherley could have avoided Great Broughton, with advantage. We wished that we had looked at the stars, as there is no light pollution here. May 2003
Sally and Michael Woodley, left on 14 June 2003
Very busy on a Bank Holiday weekend but we were well looked after and the restaurant service was superb. Good food, good beer, nice room and good shower.
Tony and Veronica Wintin, left on 30 May 2003
Excellent! This is another "must stay" on the C2C. The breakfast menu is great and the are NINE vegetarian choices on the extensive pub food menu. Without doubt, this was the best breakfast menu on the trail.
Ian, left on 28 May 2003
Great stay at " the lion",excellent pint and good food although we stopped over at the langstrath country inn and found it equally acceptable.
david m, left on 09 September 2002
No question - this place is well worth the slog from Osmotherley/Ingleby Cross. The first glimpse of heaven is from the corner of the disused railway line, the bar is a delight, and the bath is bliss beyond words.

Book your room, book in the restaurant, hang the slight extra expense (you pay more in the Langstrath Country Inn in Stonethwaite - see that page!), and enjoy.

A MUST for every walker, whatever your goal may be.
Peter & Julie Ward, left on 16 August 2002
We camped here and were allowed to rent a room plus towels for the very reasonable rate of 5 to shower etc. Nedles to say the food and drink were excelent.
Bryan & Joan, left on 14 June 2002
A long and winding railway track to the Inn.Glad to see the Inn after a long trek from Ingleby Cross.Full of character, not geared for campers. No shower facilities for campers, only use of pub toilets.
Mike & Maur 17th May 2002
mike king, left on 05 June 2002
Unfortunately we didnt get the best out of this inn as we did the walk east to west ( we like a challenge) and also we had to do it in 10 days, as we did the walk for charity. But the food here is excellent, a perfect setting, and can imagine the accomadation would be a dream as well
john boyle & paul thompson, left on 21 October 2001
With the bulk of the journey behind you (assuming west-to-east!), the Lion is a MUST stopover. Time to simply relax over a beer and enjoy this gorgeous romantic setting. The food here is excellant, and of generous portions, just a pity the change of brewery seems to have trashed "Old Peculier"
Trevor, left on 24 August 2001
Cycled the coast to coast this year and The lion still had to be on my new route. Try the sirloin steak its wonderful.
Keith Fielding, left on 24 April 2001
The review by Chris and Juy is right on! The Old Peculiar made a new man out of one of our crew. Not a better one, a new one.
Howard Smale, left on 13 January 2001
If you only stay at one Inn along the C2C walk, this one is a MUST!
The place is steeped in history and ambience; the rooms, food and service are outstanding. Breakfast was the best along our 17-day walk.
Be sure to have an Old Peculier in the extensive and old fashioned bar, and check out the 'specials' on several quality scotches.
You can buy a souvenir CD entitled 'The Spirit of Autumn Past' to bring back memories of an unforgettable experience.
It is difficult to leave the Inn the following morning as the atmosphere encourages one last look after another --- you want to remember it all.
Bring your appetite and your camera.
Chris and Judy LeGeyt, left on 14 November 2000


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