The “Golden Lion”:https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/north-yorkshire/golden-lion/
is a Greene King pub located in York’s historic centre. It looked attractive from the outside with its dark green and gold paintwork and lots of colourful window boxes.
As we were meeting family, we’d booked a table online, which was needed as at lunchtime it was very busy.
The “menu”:https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/north-yorkshire/golden-lion/menu/main-menu is typical pub food but with great sandwiches.
My brother had what he always has, ham, fried egg, chips and peas, but as the Marks and Spencer advert would say, this was not any old ham, this was Bearfields ham whose family, according to the menu, have been producing award-winning ham in London for over 100 years. Interestingly for us, Bearfields have an outlet in a garage near our home in Walthamstow E17, where we make an annual pilgrimage before Christmas.
The rest of us chose from the sandwich menu: cheese toastie, cheese and ham toastie and a chicken and bacon sandwich without the Pico de Gallo (which we had to Google), as onions don’t agree with the eater. Whilst the menu suggested a choice of either white or malted brown bread, the latter which we’d all chosen was unfortunately unavailable.
It was all washed down with pints of Aspall’s cider and Marston’s Pedigree and we all left happy and full.