Lamb & Lion Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western,  York

4.0/5  - based on 994 guest reviews.
2-4 High Petergate, YO1 7EH, York, Great Britain - See map
+44 01904 654112 +44 01423 568354

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Lamb & Lion Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western offers en-suite rooms with free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and award-winning AA Rosette food. Each of the twelve rooms have been individually decorated, feature antique feature, tea/coffee making facilities and complimentary toiletries. Some of the rooms also enjoy a landmark view. The inn offers real ales from local breweries and serves modern British pub food. Discounted parking is also available close by.

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Lamb & Lion Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western,York
  • 5
    « Loved staying here! »

    My husband and I have just returned home after a 3 night stay at The Lamb and Lion Inn. We didn't want to leave! We stayed in room 6 which was quaint and comfortable. It is at the back of the building and looks out over the beer garden. We'd read reviews before booking and were aware that it could be noisy. It's a pub, in the middle of York, and it was sunny and people wanted to sit outside until the last minute, so it was noisy. For us it added atmosphere. If you don't like laughter and chatting and glasses clinking when you want to sleep, don't book a room here! Also be prepared for beer barrels being delivered and staff doing their jobs, including power cleaning the beer garden! The staff were really friendly and helpful. Breakfast was lovely! We didn't eat in the restaurant but we did have drinks. There was a really good selection of gin and beer. We would definitely stay here again. Thank you for helping to make our wedding anniversary stay special!

    3
    « Lamb & Lion Hotel & Pub »

    This hotel/pub is in the heart of York so it's an excellent central location in the city. To anyone traveling to York, I'd highly recommend the pub. They've got great food & a good selection of beer & cider and a large enclosed garden to enjoy an evening outside. The hotel, however, overlooks the beer garden so it can be pretty noisy up to midnight. I stayed in the hotel during a hot spell in early May which required open windows because there's no AC, but it was pretty noisy. That might be okay if that's what you're looking for, but it's not the most restful location, particularly during the summer.

    4
    « Yankees in York »

    Lamb was everything we hoped it would be quaint, friendly, and convenient. The people were welcoming and seemed genuinely concerned we were cared for. Excellent stay and would do it again without question.

    5
    « I wish I had spent more than one night here! »

    I would live at the Lamb & Lion if possible. Best location in York directly next to the walls, gorgeous and comfy room, delicious food and drink, incredibly priced, and lovely staff. Highest recommendation!

    5
    « Lovely cosy inn, perfect location. »

    We only stayed for the one night but the inn is in a perfect location, just on the outskirts of the centre so everything is in walking distance. Staff are so friendly and more than happy to help you. Breakfast was delicious! We stayed in the very top room, quite a walk up all the stairs but well worth it as the room itself is so quiet you'd think you were the only ones in the place! Would definitely recommend.

    4
    « Great For a Beer »

    This is a very traditional and unpretentious pub with 12 bedrooms. Just a drink today but courteous and friendly staff. Didn't eat, but chalkboards on the walls demonstrated lip-licking options at reasonable prices

    4
    « Tasty fish supper »

    Came here for a late lunch with family - we all had fish and chips which was super fresh and tasty. Nice range of local ales as well as non-alcoholic choices. Often come in the summer and sit in their excellent beer garden - great for soaking up afternoon sunshine with mates.

    4
    « Why man, I am with Simon Nyman, having a lime and lemon at the Lamb And Lion! »

    I wish I had been with Simon, having a lime and lemon at the Lamb and Lion, instead I opted for a cappuccino with Gloria. It was £2.85, I guess about average price these days, disappontingly, it was like warm milk. I asked the barman to replace them which he did, this time one coffee was no where near to the top. ( I think he had just boiled up some milk instead of measuring out. And again, just a hint of coffee, not worth the money. Having said that, itis a lovely location by the city walls with nice "snug" type rooms, and a beer garden for sunny days (or brave souls on cold days) Staff not particularly engaging although not rude, could be a bit better at greeting and hospitality.

    4
    « If you want a real 'Inn experience' - this is your place. »

    Right on the Bootham Bar gate - that was the view from the bedroom. I thought the rooms were a little overpriced, but rooms in York are priced as they are! You pay for the venue and the history. The staff are lovely, but most of the people I met in York were also lovely. The room was a double, but really quite small, not a problem because you are almost certainly not going to be spending much time there. The bed was very comfortable, hanging and storage space was small and the shower/toilet room was tiny. I say this for your information only. If you want a big hotel with a modern feel, this is not for you. If you want to experience the flavor of York, then this is a good start. The bar and various small eating and drinking areas are small, cosy parlor areas, very atmospheric and welcoming. You do feel as if you have stepped back in time. The stairs creek and all the features in the hotel look 'very old and authentic'. Downside, the noise from the street is very noticeable, but people seem to end their evening by midnight so it's just part of the 'original feel experience' York is a city that you can just walk around, nowhere is far and there are a lot of Inns. Would I stay there again - yes I would, just for a short sight seeing or visiting friends trip.

    1
    « Aircon noise in room 10 »

    I never write reviews but just felt it fair to warn people who are thinking of booking to make sure you dont get room 10 unless you are hard of hearing!. There is a large fan outside the window that is kept on all night and is so loud (even with the window closed)it is impossible to get to sleep. I put up with it until 1 am thinking it would go off, when it didnt I spoke to night porter who agreed it was intolerably loud and admitted many others had complained. I gratefully accepted a different room at Marmedukes which meant me walking for 5 - 10 mins with my luggage, now very tired and wet (as it started raining). Marmedukes was fine but the room was a box and the bed was very short ( no more than 5'10 ) making it not the most comfortable.I am usually very tolerant but i would like the manager to explain how they can rent out a room with noise nuisance so bad you should get complementary earplugs!

  • 4
    « Good central location »

    Very close to York Minster perfect location for seeing the city. Very friendly staff throughout the stay. Good sized clean & comfortable room. En-suite room although perfectly functional, was rather small (unfortunately in this case with an extremely hot radiator that was permanently on)

    5
    « Cosy bar and dining rooms »

    Just chose this pub/restaurant for our evening meal by chance. What a gem. Quirky warren of dining rooms off the cosy bar area . Such a pleasant waiter greeted us. Food clearly home cooked with special care.Really lovely atmosphere. Highly recommended and might try to stay there next time.

    4
    « York »

    Lovely little pub hotel near the minster. Room was lovely but a little noisy caused by ill fitting sash window. Cute little bar downstairs.Breakfast was superb, and staff were very helpful. Good value, will definitely return.

    5
    « Recent stay at this hotel »

    Lovely little place, the rooms are not big but have everything you need and they are well maintained, clean and tidy. Lovely staff, very helpful and we could not have been made to feel more welcome. Would recommend - thank you!

    5
    « Breakfast »

    Called in here for breakfast on a Saturday morning not booked but made to feel welcome. Breakfast was brilliant and very well done by the chef not cheap but very filling. Did not try the beer as too early. Would visit again.

    4
    « Delicious food, quiet bar »

    We called in here for an evening meal on a weekend stay during February. We hadn't booked but managed to get a table for four of us in the small front room. Food was great, staff were great and very helpful too. Would definitely have a meal there again.

    4
    « Wonderful »

    Booked a meal in here on Wednesday evening. It was a pre-wedding meal with both our families. We popped in for a cheeky beer in the afternoon and booked a table for the evening. My dad has a medical condition where he finds it difficult to eat in front of other diners. The man behind the bar showed us a few tables and they had a perfect rooms with one large table that was very private. Perfect for the occasion. When we arrived we ordered drinks then went and sat at the table. we ordered our food. The starters we had were tempura prawns, soup and I had brown shrimp beetroot cured salmon... all the plates were cleared. For mains we had 3 fish and chips with minted mushy peas. 2 pies and I had the pappardelle pasta. The food was delicious apart from the chips which were under cooked... we were offered a free dessert to share but we were full so we declined the offer... we would definitely go back here...

    5
    « Friday lunch »

    We called in on a walk round York for lunch and were pleased with the welcome, the customer service was excellent as was the comfort and the general ambience. Our steaks were well cooked and the chips were delicious. Definitely worth a visit

    5
    « What a place »

    This hotel was not what we expected at all but never the less it was an amazing experience. I feel like it would make you feel at home even if the theam is not what you where looking for in the first place.

    5
    « Excellent lunch - really recommended »

    We dropped in for lunch during the recent cold snowy conditions - and it was a really warm cosy place to have lunch with a great ambience. I can recommend the sausage & mash and the salads. Excellent friendly service especially from Debbie.

  • 5
    « Great friendly quirky place »

    Visited for one night for a birthday celebration. There had been a mix up with the booking, which we discovered upon arrival, but the fantastic lady on reception dealt with the whole thing so pleasantly and professionally that disafter was averted! We had a delightful quirky attic room which was supremely comfortable. The veggie breakfast next morning was delicious. Altogether excellent!

    5
    « Cozy, serviceminded and good food! »

    The location is perfect for exploring the old City centre and getting the vibe of the historic place. York Minster in the backyard just adds to the authenticity. The lovely and serviceminded staff made the Lamb and Lion Inn my ?home away?.

    2
    « Over priced »

    We had booked a night away to celebrate an anniversary and were willing to pay a little more than we would usually pay for something special. We thought this was a boutique hotel -- its not . I requested a room at the back of the hotel as I had read the reviews from others about the front rooms being noisy ( they were right). Didn't get the requested room got a front room in the attic .... up 7 flights of narrow stairs . Requested early check in at 1pm which we got . I was told that we would get a permit for the car park at Marygate which is absolutely safe and within 5 minutes walk to hotel - didn't realise we had to pay for permit as this wasn't explained. Here are the positives of the hotel:- Bar and food excellent Staff friendly and helpful Negatives :- Room far too small Desperately in need of a refresh Lamp didn't work Wardrobe pole about to detach from wall Window catch broken Bit smelly Tv worked intermittently No mirror near plug sockets for drying hair Breakfast was lacking any finesse In summary - £160 Is extortionate for the room we stayed in. You would get better quality at a more affordable price at Premier Inn . I would advise if your willing to pay this sort of money then look to book something cheaper slightly outside of the city which would be better quality and use the money you save on a taxi into city . Bar and restaurant well worth a visit. If you do decide to stay ... ask for a room on lower floors at the back of the hotel .

    5
    « Great location to eat, drink and sleep in centre of York »

    We had visited the pub a few times as it has a comfy feel inside with a fabulous beer garden underneath the city wall ( which is where we first saw the place). We decided to visit York overnight and realised they had rooms too. We stayed there, had a lovely choice of drinks in the bar, a fabulous meal in the restaurant, a nice comfortable room and finished with a first class breakfast. Helpful and friendly staff at every part of the stay. Looking forward to going back

    4
    « Lovely night away »

    We stayed here last month as a bit of a little getaway after the stress of Christmas. We were top floor which was a bit of a mountain climb but we didn't mind as top floor is always preferred to us. The room was small but lovely and quirky with the wobbly floors and low ceilings which is very York style. My boyfriend had a laugh at this since he is 6ft 1! The only issue we had was that with it being such an old building the windows didn't close fully which meant the room was pretty cold with it being January. There was a radiator and the bedding was very cosy but there was still a bit of a chill. We were also woken by the traffic in the street early but again this was fine as it got us up for breakfast - which was really really good by the way! We loved our night away with you and look forward to coming back in the summer to enjoy the beer garden.

    5
    « Overnight stay theatre visit »

    Me and a friend had a one night stay as we were going to the opera house , we arrived about 2.15 , to be greeted warmly by Debbie the manager , she asked a member of staff to take our cases to our room while she showed us round , what a lovely pub , the restaurant looked lovely and we would have had our evening meal there but we needed to be out early so we had a bar meal instead which was excellent !! Our room was very clean and warm and beautifully furnished in keeping with the pub , the breakfast couldn't be faulted , the drinks were top form and Debbie and her staff were so nice , it was a pleasure to stay there , and as we behaved ourselves we are allowed back !! Thanks Debbie and team for a lovely stay in a beautiful historical pub

    2
    « Drinks good, staff great, management less so »

    We recently visited the lamb and lion pub. The staff were very friendly, I'm a real ale drinker and I thought selection of drinks was quite good. The only down side however was that me and my group felt uncomfortable as we witnessed an older lady with glasses (who we assumed to be the landlady) speaking very poorly to the staff, and using bad language in front of customers. I'm glad I hadn't brought my kids with me on this occasion! We felt very awkward witnessing it all and I can't believe this is how she speaks to the staff. We probably won't return for this reason which is a shame because other than this member of staff we had a pleasant experience. Menu looked good although we didn't have any food and the pub is cosy and a short walk from the cathedral. Pub is also dog friendly which is good.

    4
    « Lovely stay »

    We stayed for one night and we had a lovely time. The hotel was lovely and clean, the staff couldn't do enough to help, breakfast was very good and a good size portion. It was nice and quiet, we didn't get disturbed sleeping. Very good all round - the car park was 5 mins walk and we got a pass from the hotel so it cost £9.50 rather that £12.

    5
    « Swift pint »

    The 4 of us popped into the Lamb and Lion, the bar was staffed well with whom I presume was the land lady. She took our order was polite with fun banter. The girls choose warm drinks whilst the boys sampled the great selection of cask ales. Whilst seated the land lady would chat as she passed us making polite conversation. Whilst there I logged on to Trip Advisor to look at the rooms and whilst doing so she came over and took the girls on a tour. Our short time there was really nice and will go back.

    3
    « Full of character »

    We booked the Lamb & Lion in the hope of staying somewhere with some character and it didn't disappoint. It's a million miles away from the chain hotel offering. It's well situated just a short walk from the Cathedral. The food is decent - wholesome breakfast. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The staff friendly. An issue we had with our room on arrival was satisfactorily dealt with. On a slightly less positive note, we had booked for two nights but were called away urgently on the morning of the second day for a family illness and had to check out early. Having paid on arrival we assumed one night would be refunded but that was sadly refused for a reason that wasn't clear - after all the room could be re-let.

  • 5
    « Excellent food and drink from a welcoming bar staff! »

    Very quirky pub with a choice of quaint rooms to eat and drink in. Food was varied and really excellent. Stout No 5 was outstanding. Really looking forward to repeating our visit! It is interesting to note that the beer garden would be a popular space in summer, with ample seating for many patrons.

    2
    « Smelly and compact »

    We go to York every new year and on this occasion booked this thinking it was luxurious and a kind of boutique pub for our honeymoon on the way back from Scotland. We arrived not knowing where to park it is on a no entry road! We telephoned for ages no-one answered, so I ran to the pub to ask what to do. The staff were uninterested and hard-work most times to talk to. We took the car to nearby carpark. We had room 3 which was compact, only the bedroom radiator worked, the floors were sticky and there was a smell which I could only assume was an overdose of floor cleaner. The bathroom radiator didn't work and you had to squeeze through the shower doors to get in it. The staff outside woke us up around 6 both mornings. I would imagine it to be noisy and very hot in Summer as beer garden one-side, road the other. We booked a year in advance so it was cheap, it certainly is not worth full price. The only positive was comfy bed, location, cheap parking voucher on check out and breakfast was nice. We went to another hotel for our last night. Sorry wouldn't stay again.

    5
    « Lovely »

    Had two lovely nights at the Lamb and Lion room was great but in the attic found the stairs a bit steep but a very nice room and bathroom once we got up there. Excellent breakfast and we had one evening meal which was good. Staff very friendly and helpful. Very quirky place to stay definitely not run of the mill.

    4
    « Perfect location, nice food, comfortable room and friendly stuffs »

    The room is clean and comfortable, even though I think it is a little small for us. All stuffs of this hotel are very friendly, and the foods in the bar are very delicious, you can try different kinds of foods. The location is also very good, 2 minutes to York Minster, 5 minutes to the shopping area (Stonegate). I think this hotel is a good place for the tourists to stay in York.

    2
    « Poor accommodation »

    The food was good and the location was fine but the Superior room we had was massively overpriced and unsatisfactory. On third floor, narrow steep staircase, poor facilities in en suite. We won't be returning.

    5
    « Great place to stay centrally! »

    Very busy when we arrived due to the time of year! Very clean, warm and friendly staff. Breakfast looked lovely but we were not hungry so only had the cereal and fruit. We will definitely stay again if we go back to York, next time it will be in the summer so can make use of the fabulous beer garden.

    5
    « Always a pleasure »

    Perfectly located old traditional English hotel just on the old city wall. Great bar (quite lively) with a good selection of beers and drinks. Old style bedrooms with comfortable bed. Excellent breakfast each morning. Just a short walk to the main shopping, pub and restaurant areas of York i.e. Stonegate etc. Friendly and attentive staff especially Debbie at breakfast time and her young colleague (sorry didn't get her name) who run a very slick breakfast service. Will be back again!

    4
    « Lovely Little British Lunch »

    We have visited this pub for lunch a few times now and I have always been impressed. The place has a very cosy British feel and the pub is right under the city walls. A lovely place to stop off for lunch or a quick drink.

    4
    « Great Location! Interesting Stay »

    The location could not be better to all the Christmas market, sights and shopping. Thankfully I read the reviews before I got there, because it was not clear prior to my arrival that when you walked in, you were at a pub and restaurant and they check you in at the bar. The stairs are steep and heavy so be prepared. The food and beverage here are out of this world AWESOME, so please take a moment to eat a meal (expensive) and the breakfast is great as well. The staff were..."meh". Generally uninterested in the guests and although, not rude, just not hospitable. I was bummed that I didn't get to schedule a dinner in advance as a resident of the hotel to ensure that my experience was complete.

    5
    « Great atmosphere and food »

    Called in today for a beer and bite to eat. Had fish and chips and steak and ale pie. Both were magnificent probably my best pie ever. Lovely and worth s trip. Had a good selection of proper beer which is a bonus

  • 1
    « 4 Star !! Joking surely !! »

    The good ... location, close to row centre, some decent beer. The bad ... where do I start !!? This is basically a pub that serves food with some rooms above Parking is 5-10 minutes away with nowhere to easily drop off baggage Reception is behind bar - try struggling through when all queuing for drinks !! Any of the bar staff appeared to be able to check you in but seemed more interested in getting you out of the way to serve more drinks than helping you !! Our room was ?executive' - really!!! - it was small and poky with noise all night from street outside , once people seemed to finally go to bed bin-men arrived and bottles were cleared noisily. Breakfast served up to 10 am - arrived 9.57 to be told stopped serving - I know I know - should have been earlier but never ever been turned away in the prescribed meal hours and done so with barely hidden glee!! Price was ridiculous but near Xmas and believed it would be 4 star !! 1, star service , 1 star accommodation but 4 star prices !! Very very poor !!

    3
    « Food ok, service not so good »

    Four of us ate here for dinner. Fish and chips, rump steak, pizza. Nice fish and steak except the chips were soggy for all of us. It was a busy evening so expected some delay however we ordered desserts and 25 minutes later they still hadn't arrived. Looking for the staff and found quite a few behind the bar in another part of the establishment. Explained that we were still waiting for our desserts which was met with surprise as it seems they hadn't even been started. Cancelled the order and paid and had dessert at Cafe Concerto . One other slight annoyance were a number of loud drinkers (after all it is also a pub) sitting adjacent to us. Not sure why men need to scream at each other to be heard. Would I return when next in York, probably not.

    2
    « Flight of Death »

    Room 12, appropriately enough, is named The Attic and guests other than those under 5 ft tall will be painfully aware of that. There is much head-banging in evidence in the very compact ensuite bathroom. But that's the least of it. The main challenge is ascending the heights to The Attic. A heavily sprung door opens out into the small landing on the first floor to reveal an extraordinarily steep set of stairs with a 90 degree turn at the foot of them. As if that's not enough to contend with, the heights have to be scaled in darkness with the switch for a light some 20 ft higher sited at the top of the stairs. While two-way switches may not have been readily available when the Lamb & Lion was built, surely when converted to add the Twelfth Room adding one might have been thought about. All this suggests that different rules must apply for Health & Safety in High Petergate than in the rest of the UK. Fire escape from The Attic is an exceedingly worrying prospect. Dinner was worthy of a 7/10 and was enjoyed, but the breakfast options were pretty limited although nicely cooked. The sign in the breakfast room/ bar advertised ?luxuriously appointed rooms?. That must only have applied to Rooms 1-11 because in this day and age there's no way the term was appropriate to The Attic which was comfortable enough (once you got there) but certainly not luxurious. All of this came at a hefty price for what was provided. There must be a very large premium charged for the location, which is convenient for exploring York as a visitor. Did the Lamb & Lion give value for money? Most certainly not, from our experience. Exceptionally disappointing.

 

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·From: Exit A1 (J44) to York, Continue to A64 for York. Exit onto the A1237. Take Exit onto Shipton Road/A19 . Continue straight on to St Leonard's PlA1036. Slight left on to High Petergate. Lamb & Lion Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western will be on the left.