Black Lion Thirsk


We went here for a New Years day lunch today with friends who have children. Upon entering we were a little unsure whether this would be a child friendly venue but we were so very pleasantly surprised. The staff were so, so friendly and helpful, on leaving we discovered one was the owner who was particularly fun, friendly, welcoming and accommodating. The staff even played with the children and were very positive when assisting with meals for them. The food was delicious, I had the prawn cocktail to start, the cajun chicken burger as a main and the dark chocolate parve for desert. Every dish was fulfilling, arrived in perfect time, allowing for the kids to get their mains whilst we had starters. The local lager was offered on tap with a taste to make sure it suited and it definitely did. I cannot recommend this place enough, it made our day being served delicious food with a smile in a lovely restaurant/pub in the heart of Thirsk. Thank you to all the staff and the owner for taking so much pride in what you do and for being such pleasant and friendly folk. - January 2016
We visited last Saturday after my 22nd birthday, first we were told there were no seats because it was packed out! But Paul said stick around and we'll find you a place he gave us blankets because we decided to sit outside as the food looked absolutely stunning! Karl then came up to us and kept making us all laugh! Only 5 minutes in we were then told there was seats inside! We chose our meals - my dad ordered the rib eye steak and it looked amazing! Chips were super tasty, they evengave us an appetiser for free to try out! The waiters/waitresses were all amazing,very lovely hosts! Were from up north and we travel quite a lot and never have we experienced such an extremely pleasant visit ! My niece Erin had the time of her life with Paul and Karl! 5 out of 5 stars all round!! We will be back again! Thanks for everything!! 17/08/15
An absolutely fantastic restaurant!!! Enjoyed it from start to finish. My partner and I attended this restaurant for an evening meal. We came to the restaurant and were asked if we had booked a table. Regrettably we said no but the lady managed to squeeze us in and I'm so glad she did! We were offered free appetisers which were delicious! I can't stop thinking about them they were that good!!! My partner is a vegan and there weren't any dishes he could have from the main menu so he chose 3 sides as his main meal. No raised eyebrows, no one being pushy and trying to get him to order a main, they just wrote the order down and presented it beautifully. You really made us feel welcome thank you! My main course was 
delicious, presented beautifully. Happy, smiley waiters and waitresses who were attentive and on the ball. We have decided to make it an annual tradition to visit! Thank you!! 17/08/15
Visited this restaurant for the first time on Tuesday evening,11th August with 3 
friends. The waiting staff were attentive but not intrusive & the food was excellent too. We had salmon, bangers & mash, fish & chips & belly pork all of which were superb. I've already recommended this place to our friends in North Yorkshire & will call in again the next time I'm visiting the area. 15/08/15
Ive ate at many places but this place really takes the biscuit, it was amazing really romantic and great food at amazing prices the staff are fantastic and the alcohol is not over price, its like heaven on a plate would recommend anyone to come here for a lovely evening, love this place and I cant wait to go again roll on next date night, thank you to the black lion :) 5* 13/08/15
Visited the Black Lion tonight and what a pleasure. Staff were attentive, food was truly phenomenal and environment was spotless. The chef easily accommodated my dietary demands with no problem and the crudities where a lovely surprise. 
Thirsk needs to value this jewel in their crown. A thoroughly enjoyable experience. 12/08/15
We found the Black Lion purely by accident on a races weekend at Thirsk with friends. This is a wonderful restaurant with fantastic hosts who made us feel very welcome. They put us in a side room as it was our friends anniversary. This was fantastic as all we had to do was ring the bell when we wanted anything. We all had the specials which were recommended to us and we were not disappointed. Both starters and main meals were of outstanding quality and the calamari just melted in my mouth. The wine was free flowing and both the hosts and staff were up for a laugh. Nothing was too much trouble for anyone. I would highly recommend that you visit the Black Lion. 12/08/15