A few lovely comments from guests at The Lion House:

  • We truly had the most amazing day

    We would like to say a massive thank you to you and your team for everything you did to ensure our wedding day went so smoothly. We had the most fantastic day and that was down to the hard work of everyone at The Lion. The entire wedding planning process was made so easy by you, and you were brilliant on the day itself, making sure that everything ran like clockwork.

    We have had numerous comments from people complimenting the venue as a whole and the staff. We have also had a lot of people say that the food was the best wedding food they have ever been served. 

    Both of us were able to relax and enjoy our wedding without having to think about anything else at all as we knew that you had it all under control. 

    The turnaround of the room between the ceremony and the dinner was so slick it went unnoticed and the speed of the service during dinner was perfect – no one was kept waiting around but there was still enough time between courses to let your food go down.

    The car park area was perfect for the large group photos because it was a sufficient size, was close enough to the terrace area to allow us to organise people and had a clear backdrop.  We think this could be a great selling point for prospective couples in the future!

    Nothing can express our gratitude to you all enough. We truly had the most amazing day.

    The Lion House venue is absolutely perfect for a wedding and we are so glad we chose to celebrate our big day there!

    Thank you so much for everything again!

    Deb & Andy – August 16

  • Thank you very much

    Just wanted to say thank you so much for great party and attention to details provided by all your staff.

    All of our guests commented on how lovely the venue and food was.


    Christine – July 16

  • We loved every minute

    Just a quick email to say Thank you for everything, the day went so smoothly and we loved every minute and all of our guests complimented the Lion on the staff at how friendly you all are.

    Thank you again

    Lydia & Chris – July 16

  • On behalf of myself, Father of the Bride

    It gives me great pleasure to be able to send this mail on behalf of myself, father of the bride and her mother.

    My daughter’s wedding was Saturday 13th August and I don’t even know where to begin to thank you so much.

    Everything was just fantastic, the rooms were immaculate (we stayed Friday and Saturday) the staff were so friendly, helpful and organised.

    The food Friday night and at the wedding reception was top quality.

    We loved the ambience of the bar/restaurant on Friday evening, the breakfast was superb with a lovely choice and all so fresh and tasty.

    What can I say about the wedding except Wow. The lion House was just perfect. The ceremony setting was so beautiful with the full glass surround and to walk out into the Garden/patio area was just amazing.

    Then in the evening the curtains drawn back for the dance floor, it works so well and made for a very enjoyable party.

    I could not get everyone’s name but would like to personally thank our lovely Maitre d’ during the actual wedding, Georgina. She was so warm, friendly, approachable and professional. As to was her team, they all worked so hard, nothing was too much and they smiled all day and it was a joy to have them along side us.

    Congratulations on having such a wonderful venue, and on behalf of myself, the grooms parents, friends and family of both sides a very big thank you for making our special day go so perfectly.


    Keith Ellis (Father of Bride) – August 2016


  • Kirsty & Matt

    Dear Kailey,

    Just wanted to take this opportunity to send a huge thank you to you and the team involved in running our wedding reception to perfection.

    You have been a star right from the planning stages, and every member of staff from waiting and bar, check in and breakfast have been fab. Nothing was ever too much trouble and they were always on hand if myself or matt needed anything throughout the evening.

    A special thank you to you and Hans for sorting the Jager for us.

    We really can’t thank you enough, and will no doubt see you from time to time as we are regulars for food in the restaurant.

    Kirsty – September 2016

  • Abby & Lee

    Hi Georgina,

    We just wanted to say a huge thank you for all of your help in organising our reception on sat!

    It went perfectly and all our guests have said what a lovely venue it was!

    The food went down extremely well too!

    So thank you again so much!

    Any future parties we have will have to be held at the lion now!!!


    Abby and Lee – October 2016

  • To Kailey and Everybody at The Lion

    Just wanted to say a big thank you for all of your hard work and help throughout the planning and on the day of our wedding! Everything was exactly how we wanted it.  All of our guests commented on how great the food was and how good the service was!  The venue and the hotel are fantastic, we will recommend you to any of our friends and family who are looking to book a venue.

    We will be back often for date nights as a married couple, so I’m sure we will see you around. Thanks so much for everything.


    Mr & Mrs Wheeler – October 16

  • 60th Birthday Lunch

    Dear Kailey

    Just wanted to thank you and your team for a fabulous lunch on Sunday.

    The room and tables looked wonderful, the food was extremely good and the service was excellent. All my girlfriends have given me wonderful feedback which is a credit to you and your team.

    Thanks once again for making my birthday memorable.

    Kind regards

    Christine – October 16

  • Thank you

    Hi Georgina,

    Thank you for helping arrange everything for our big day. It was absolutely perfect and we are so grateful to you and all the other staff throughout the day. The waitress (I unfortunately didn’t get her name) was fantastic and extremely attentive so please thank her for us. And everyone else was so friendly and professional we couldn’t have asked for a better experience.


    Jo + Chris – November 2016


  • Absolutely brilliant

    Dear Kailey

    We both wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your team for making our day so special. Everything went perfectly and all our guests had a good time. The food was amazing (tho we never got a chance to try the evening buffet – the time just flew ) we were told it was good too. Nearly all our guests commented on the staff – happy , smiley not one with any sort of “attitude “. Absolutely brilliant. We cannot praise you enough . Thank you Thank you Thank you .

    Sue and Steve Lowrie – November 2016


  • Huge thank you

    Our wedding day was totally perfect and that is hugely because of Kailey and the team that work around her.

    Leading up to the wedding we were filled with total confidence that everything was under control. This meant that Shel and I could really enjoy the build up to our special day.

    On the day, logistically it could have been difficult as there were two brides and we both wanted to walk down the aisle without seeing each other before. This was taken care of and our ceremony flowed beautifully.

    In our party we had various dietary requirements, all of which were catered for with no issues. The food was exceptional. All our guests raved about their meals on the day and again when we have seen them since.

    Our day felt so relaxed and we really felt that we were taken care of. In the evening the venue really came alive. The lighting was just beautiful, inside and out. The lanterns and fires were lit and the ceiling looked amazing with all the lights.

    The staff serving us and those behind the bar were warm and friendly.

    The evening buffet was perfect.

    Before Kailey left she handed us over to Georgina another lovely member of staff who I had seen around all day, constantly busy but always wearing a smile.

    We cannot thank you all enough for how you made us feel on our wedding day. From beginning to end, everything exceeded our high expectations.

    We want to scream from the rooftops so everyone knows about your beautiful venue and the food that is as exquisite as you’d expect if you were having a meal for two. Tying the two together are the wonderful team that helped make our day unforgettable.


    Siân and Shel Powell – FEBRUARY 2017. 



    Just to say thank you to you and your team who helped  with our Friday afternoon meeting on 24th February.  Everything went really smoothly and the girls behind the bar acted very professionally and weren’t fazed by any requests and were helpful at all times. The room set up worked well too.

    Hopefully we will be able to use the Lion Inn on other occasions.

    Gill – Countryside/Feb 17


    As the survey is really meant for guests staying overnight in the bedrooms it doesn’t seem to cater for an event. However, I would like to give you my feedback.

    Thank you so much for making The Mayor of Chelmsford’s Enchanted Wonderland Charity Ball such a successful event last Friday. We were very impressed with your Team’s service, especially Georgina who looked after us so well. The pre-event meetings ran very smoothly and I know The J’s Hospice ladies working with us were absolutely thrilled with the ballroom once it was dressed.

    A special thank you should go to your chef for the really delicious food and to the staff serving it so professionally. We heard only good reports from everyone!

    I must say that I will be recommending The Lion House to anyone who is looking for a venue for a similar event or wedding reception.

    Kind regards

    Linda Denston

    Deputy Mayor of Chelmsford

  • Thank you

    Hi Georgina,

    Just a quick note to say thank you very much for organising our wedding on Sunday! You’ve been excellent over the last few months and all the staff at the Lion House were so lovely and made our day perfect. We knew the food was going to be good but it even exceeded our expectations and all our guests were very complimentary.

    We’ll be in the restaurant again soon so hope to see you around!

    Kind regards,

    Robbie and Aisling – July 2017

  • Dear Kailey
    I’m currently sitting on a train listening to our wedding ceremony music on my iPod and all these amazing memories came flooding back. Some time has passed since our big day but I have not forgotten the important part you played in helping us achieve the best day of our lives. We wanted to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your hard work, all your help and most importantly your “nothing was too much effort” attitude.

    We couldn’t have achieved what we did without your help. The Lion House as a venue speaks for itself, its beautiful and I can’t tell you enough how perfect it was for us, but without you The Lion House would just be a venue, you made it so special.

    Your attention to detail didn’t go unnoticed, we loved every second. We will never forget our day and we certainly won’t ever forget you. Next time we come in for a meal I will be sure to come and see you and thank you personally.

    So on behalf of my wife and myself I would just like to thank you for making our day unforgettable. It couldn’t have been better.
    Thanks again,

    Mr and Mrs MacCallum – Aug 17

  • First Class Stay

    Further to our recent telephone conversation, I confirm my stay with yourselves on the night of 1st September 2017.

    I checked in on the afternoon of the 1st, my room, room 12 was a delightful garden room, clean and had all the facilities I required.

    All staff were friendly, and helpful and organized my taxi to take me to the railway station the next day. Breakfast was fine and plentiful.

    If im ever in the area again I would have no hesitation in staying at the Lion Inn again.

    Best regards,


The Lion Inn
Main Road

01245 394900