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The Water Witch

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Bar, Seafood, British, Delicatessen, English, Pub
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Canal Tow Path | Aldcliffe Lane, Lancaster LA1 1SU, England
+44 1524 63828
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Water Witch was originally converted from purpose built stables in...
The Water Witch was originally converted from purpose built stables in 1978 and offers a large range of high quality dishes ranging from Great British classics to continental cuisine. Our Head Chef sources all of our produce wherever possible from local British suppliers, enabling us to reduce our food miles and serve you the very best of what's in season. Whether you're visiting to sample our superb array of drinks, dine in our restaurant or combining a little of both - you're always guaranteed a warm welcome at the Water Witch.
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Visitor rating
  • 91
    Excellent
  • 87
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A nice relaxing interlude by the canal on a hot summers day.

The "fun prevention officer" and myself, along with some friends, decided to moor up our narrow boat outside the "Waterwitch" whilst we popped in for some refreshment. As the weather was gorgeous, was sat on one of the tables outside and ordered from the lunch specials board, (all... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
marktaylor99
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Bolton
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Popped in here for a drink whilst moored on the canal near by. £9 for a pint of larger& a bottle of kopparberg is on the rather expensive side. I think this place is more restaurant that local canal side pub. Was nice to sit on the canal though in the nice weather & staff were friendly & helpful

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Bolton
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63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The "fun prevention officer" and myself, along with some friends, decided to moor up our narrow boat outside the "Waterwitch" whilst we popped in for some refreshment. As the weather was gorgeous, was sat on one of the tables outside and ordered from the lunch specials board, (all priced at £6:95) accompanied by one of the well maintained real cask... More 

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Amy D, Manager at The Water Witch, responded to this review

Hi Marktaylor99 What a great review, thanks for taking the time to write it. We are very proud of the quality of our cask ales and make sure all lines are well kept, we aim to always have a selection to suit all tastes from breweries near and far! We are really glad that the food was to your taste... More 

carnforth
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

WOW! Had a cheese platter to share with the choice of items - DELISH!!!! Sat in the sun with friendly staff, good food & cold drinks - heaven!

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Amy D, Manager at The Water Witch, responded to this review

Hi natz1310 We are really glad that you enjoyed our deli boards, they are a firm favorite and the perfect companion to a great day out with friends in the sun! We hope to welcome you back very soon. Kind regards, Amy More 

Lancaster, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Dined here the other night with my family. Have to say the staff were absolutely lovely and very helpful. Not overly impressed with the food, duck was overcooked, onion rings were raw, a couple of the other meals were ok but nothing special. Tiramisu was very dry and gateau not served with any cream or ice cream so was again... More 

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Amy D, General Manager at The Water Witch, responded to this review

Hi There Becky T Thanks for your feedback, and indeed complementing our hard working team! I am sorry you thought your food was below par, and should you have raised this at the time it would certainly have been corrected. We take our food quality here at the Waterwitch very seriously, and all the relevant staff have been informed of... More 

Lancaster, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Delicious food and excellent service. We thought we would pop in for a drink on Sunday afternoon and ended up eating. The food was truly divine. Considering it was extremely busy the service was excellent. We cant wait to pop in again

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Amy D, General Manager at The Water Witch, responded to this review

Hi There Thompson74 Thanks so much for complementing our food and service. Much appreciated! We indeed look forward to seeing you again soon. Regards Simon Morrissey Manager More 

2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I have eaten here quite a few times, usually picking it when the weather is nice as the outside seating is lovely. Today I had friends visiting and we wanted lunch, as it was still quite wet outside we decided to eat inside. I went inside and asked for a table in the restaurant section only to have a man... More 

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Amy D, General Manager at The Water Witch, responded to this review

Hi There Kay N Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your visit to the Waterwitch. At the time of your visit all tables in the restaurant were fully booked and as a result a table was found in our bar area for your party. Our company policy is to allow assistance dogs in any area of... More 

Hinckley, England, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Was told about this by family. It is a lovely location on the canal. The food is really nice & staff are really helpful.

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Amy D, Manager at The Water Witch, responded to this review

Hi Flipperdiver, Thanks so much for the review. We are glad that we did all we could to help when you visited and that you enjoy the food you received. Kind regards, Amy More 

Burnley, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We visited this pub whilst shopping in Lancaster for some lunch. The setting by the canal is very scenic and there is plenty of seating outside. They have a lunch special on my husband chose the scampi and I chose ploughman's type salad. The waiter informed me there was no ham for the meal and would pork be a satisfactory... More 

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Amy D, Manager at The Water Witch, responded to this review

Hi Ann M, Firstly, thank you very much for taking the time to write such a useful review about your visit. I am sorry that the first meal you received was below par, I have investigated the matter and have made sure that if there needs to be a substitute that it is described more fully so the customer knows... More 

Beverley, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We arrived on a cold Thursday lunchtime and received a very warm welcome. Normally at this time of day we would have had a main course, but the menu was so inviting we had to settle for a three course meal. Each course was beautifully presented and tasted divine. The staff could not have been more helpful, the surroundings were... More 

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Amy D, Manager at The Water Witch, responded to this review

Hi Eric W, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a great review about your whole experience with us here at the Waterwitch. I will make sure the team know that you felt very welcome, and i'll be sure to let the kitchen team know how much you praised them. We really do hope to see... More 

Garstang, England, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The gents toilet floor was sticky, yuk. If I'd gone there first I might not have ordered any food. I had a rump steak off the specials menu and it was tough as hell. I've been here a few years ago and the food was very good then, but unfortunately it has changed for the worse. I won't be going... More 

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Amy D, General Manager at The Water Witch, responded to this review

Hi Bob S I am concerned about the content of you review. Did you not ask to speak to a member of Management at the time? If you had of done we could have remedied the situation. Please get in touch with me directly at the Waterwitch? Regards Simon Morrissey Manager More 

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Additional Information about The Water Witch

Address: Canal Tow Path | Aldcliffe Lane, Lancaster LA1 1SU, England
Phone Number: +44 1524 63828
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Lancashire  >  Lancaster
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 2 - 23
Cuisine: Bar, Seafood, British, Delicatessen, English, Pub

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Canal Tow Path | Aldcliffe Lane, Lancaster LA1 1SU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Lancashire  >  Lancaster
  • Phone Number: +44 1524 63828

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 23
  • Cuisine: Bar, Seafood, British, Delicatessen, English, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Large groups

Description

The Water Witch was originally converted from purpose built stables in 1978 and offers a large range of high quality dishes ranging from Great British classics to continental cuisine. Our Head Chef sources all of our produce wherever possible from local British suppliers, enabling us to reduce our food miles and serve you the very best of what's in season. Whether you're visiting to sample our superb array of drinks, dine in our restaurant or combining a little of both - you're always guaranteed a warm welcome at the Water Witch.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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