The Lion

“Hearty, crowd-pleasing dishes” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

PONTYPOOL, TORFAEN

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Our Inspector's view

At the heart of UNESCO World Heritage-recognised Blaenavon, The Lion has been revamped with a clean-lined modern look. Its relaxed dining room blends bare tables with neutral grey hues and light fittings that reference the bygone mining days. The food fits the bill, deploying excellent local ingredients in hearty, crowd-pleasing dishes.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

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1 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
The Lion
41 Broad Street, Blaenavon, PONTYPOOL, TORFAEN, NP4 9NH
Phone : 01495 792516

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 17
  • Wines by the glass: 11
  • Cuisine style: Classic Welsh
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover Torfaen

Like much of this part of south Wales, the county borough of Torfaen has a heavily industrialised past. Its administrative centre, Pontypool, has links to the iron industry dating back to the 15th century. In this region of abandoned mines and long-closed iron and steel works, however, Torfaen boasts the standout example – the Blaenavon UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The town of Blaenavon grew up around an ironworks, opened in 1788, part of which is now a museum. The steel-making and coal-mining industries followed. The ironworks closed in 1900 and the coalmine in 1980, since then it has become a significant tourist attraction. The ironworks is the best preserved blast furnace complex of its period and one of the most important monuments to have survived from the early part of the Industrial Revolution. During its heyday in the early 19th century, it was one of the biggest producers of iron in the world. Today you can view the extensive remains of the blast furnaces, the cast houses and the impressively restored water balance tower. 

The town also has a heritage steam railway, formerly used to run coal up and down the valley, which is now run by volunteers.

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