Pub Review: The White Lion, Bristol

The White Liom, Passage Road, Westbury-On_Trym, Bristol, BS9 3HN

The White Lion is one of those pubs in North Bristol that many locals know and love. Boasting good food, roaring open fires and a vibrant atmosphere, The White Lion is the perfect spot for dinner and drinks with family and friends.

Price Range: ££

Wolfie ordered: 10oz ribeye steak, with salted caramel profiteroles for dessert.

I ordered: Chicken & ribs, with baked Alaska for dessert.

The Food

If I could award this establishment four and a half stars, I would. We wanted to challenge The White Lion, and they took us up on it! The food was succulent and superb, with the chicken authentically chargrilled and the slow-cooked Korean BBQ-style ribs falling off of the bone. The ribs were so good, I even recommended them to some nearby patrons who I overheard deliberating whether or not to get ribs. Upon my recommendations, they both ordered them.

Wolfie’s steak was also perfectly cooked, and desserts were both presentable and delicious. My only tiny criticism was on my side salad, which was bathing in a mustard dressing rather than having been dressed with it. Overall, hot, delicious and very good food. A very easy, respectable four stars.

The Service

Service was prompt and all of the staff are appropriately dressed in aprons. The waitresses are friendly and efficient and used plates are cleared up quickly and politely. The bar staff weren’t the smiliest folk but I was able to get a martini & lemonade without having to settle for a cider instead. A fair four stars.

The Atmosphere

When we arrived to our table reservation, I noticed that we were sat next to a radiator, and said radiator was throwing out some intense heat. The radiator also had quite a few grubby marks on it and the mirror above it was smeary.

In the main pub itself, we were positioned in such a way that we could hear two different sound systems playing two different types of music and once you’ve picked up on it, it becomes increasingly hard to ignore. Wolfie said the gents toilets were clean, but I did notice a few pieces of toilet paper on the floor in the ladies. The bay windows in the dining area also overlook the white side wall of another property, which is perhaps not the most scenic view. With that said, the pub was alive with patrons, which is always a good sign.


Overall, The White Lion was probably one of the best establishments that we have reviewed as of yet, and we will definitely be returning. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was vibrant and the roaring fires made it a cosy venue with the winter creeping in. A very easy, very respectable and very well deserved four stars.

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