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The Water Witch

Canal Tow Path | Aldcliffe Lane, Lancaster LA1 1SU, England
+44 1524 63828
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Ranked #58 of 191 restaurants in Lancaster
Cuisines: English
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Liked the food and the service. Disliked the carpet as it attracts flies. The restaurant was busy so get there early so you could sit outside. We had to sit upstairs and this area had a carpet that has seen better days. I really disliked the carpet.

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Stafford, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Stayed in Lancaster during the recent heat wave and spent both evenings at the Water Witch with colleagues. As it was hot and sunny the place was packed and as we were unable to reserve a table it was a bit difficult to seat us all. But once we managed to get a table we ordered food which came within... More

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WaterW_13, Manager at The Water Witch, responded to this review

Hi Claudio, I am really pleased you enjoyed your visits with us and thank you for your lovely feedback. I will pass your compliments on to the chef! Unfortunately we are unable to leave customer credit cards behind the bar as we do not have the facility for safe and secure storage although I will look into another alternative to... More

Birmingham, UK
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Such a shame - this lovely old building has a beautiful canalside setting and lots of outdoor seating, so it looked a perfect place for my friends and I to stop off for dinner when we passed it on our boat-trip on the canal. I should have listened to my friends when they pointed out the table we sat at... More

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WaterW_13, Manager at The Water Witch, responded to this review

Hi Brumtraveller, I am very sorry to hear that we didn’t meet your expectations on this visit. Firstly I am very sorry to hear that there were problems with your main meals, we try to resolve any issues with our food if we are made aware at the time and will always offer a replacement meal or an alternative option.... More

Laois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Was here on 5th July with friends, I had my young boys age 2 and 3 months. Good selection of beers, very nice setting on the canal, with plenty of seating outside. Didn't eat on this occassion but the food I did see coming from the kitchen looked excellent. We had one drink, the 3 month old was playing up... More

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UK
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

On a night out from work this was our first port of call, it was a sunny evening so we sat outside by the side of the canal it was wonderful.

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Lancaster
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I stopped going to the water witch about 18 months ago because I was fed up of their snooty manager and very rude bar staff. Decided to give it another go with fiancé, very glad I did! Definitely our favourite burgers in Lancaster!! The service still wasn't anything special, but much improved. Keep going please!!!

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The Water Witch has always been a favourite of local teachers as it is located close to many of the local secondary schools. It is also close to the local hospital. After taking my daughter to the hospital where she heard the unfortunate news that she was going to need some surgery, I thought I'd take her for some lunch... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

You can't beat sitting by the canal on a sunny day. Ploughmans and a pint! Great selection of cheese and lunch offerings. We have been a couple of times since it's really peaceful through the day even when busy.

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This is a pcturesque and charming place. The beers are many and Camra approved. Plenty of space both inside and out. A great and varied food menu which is popular with locals. Whether it is a visit for beer in the sun or dining, I would recommend it.

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Wigan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Didn't sample food. Now that's out of the way, excellent pub, fantastic atmosphere and I could imagine sitting outside on a lazy Saturday afternoon and staying all day which is saying something as there is a great array of pubs to choose from in Lancaster. Selection a beers was excellent 9 casks with a discount for producing your camra card,... More

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