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29 Castle Hill, Lancaster LA1 1YN, England
152466466
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Ranked #38 of 199 Restaurants in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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English first
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The atmosphere in this pub was really nice and welcoming. Did not eat in here just had a quick drink before we got our train back home. Service was excellent, and what i caught sight of with the food it looked delicious. Different little areas to sit almost like a cavern. Loverleeee

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Tim T, Owner at Merchants 1688, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed Merchants Wanda. We are doing a few small bits of refurb at the moment so we hope if you come back in a month or so and see the improvements. Cheers More 

Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

In town on my own on business for a few days. This was indeed a cosy place. Its undercroft atmosphere is welcoming and comfortable. Its ales are fine (Broomstick bitter particularly recommended). The menu is gastro pub but well grounded. The wine list is limited but the rioja I had, available by the glass, was smooth and characterful and went... More 

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Tim T, Manager at Merchants 1688, responded to this review

Dear Andrew M, Thank you for your very positive review. I'm really pleased you enjoyed your Wild Boar steak and glass of Rioja. I hope you get chance to visit the Merchants again soon. Thanks More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I recently visiting Merchants 1688 during a lunchtime for a bite to eat. The restaurant area is really nicely lit and the tables and chairs are of a good quality. I was a little let down by the waitress who gave my date a less than friendly look and was a little curt during service but the high quality food... More 

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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

First of all the service was excellent. I can not remember the lads name who served us but he is the reason I would try again. Secondly my partner enjoyed his lamb although the portion was on the little side, not good for a farmers tummy! I ordered the cheese board with an extra side order of hummus and asked... More 

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Kendal, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Great selection of real ales in this superb pub. Located close to Lancaster train station and smack bang in the city centre.

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Tim T, Owner at Merchants 1688, responded to this review

Hi Liam We're glad you like the ales. Don't miss our Dark and Winter ales week at the end of this month. Cheers. More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Went for night out great selection of real ale helpful staff when deciding which beer I would like let me try a few samples Good atmosphere

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Tim T, Owner at Merchants 1688, responded to this review

Hi Zeena. Thanks for the positive review and the 5 stars for food, atmosphere and service. I assume the 1 star for overall may have been a typo? We hope to see you soon. cheers More 

Lancaster, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Rude manager towards the group i was with due to the fact we could be deemed as "Alternative". Accusing us of the things we were not doing and showing a clear lack of Christmas Joy. This is not the first time it has happened at the merchants and despite its reputation for top draw food, of which i used to... More 

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Tim T, Owner at Merchants 1688, responded to this review

Dear Matthew We understand your review relates to an incident on Christmas Eve. The General Manager was politely investigating complaints from other customers regarding activity in our beer garden. We are sorry you feel this was not dealt with appropriately, however we would stress that none of your group was accused of anything and we were simply carrying out our... More 

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I've had lots of lovely meals at The Merchants in the past and had a great time there when I went recently with friends. There was a good selection on the menu and we all enjoyed the Christmas food. There is a welcoming atmosphere and the staff are friendly and cheerful. The building is really special and lends itself well... More 

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Tim T, Manager at Merchants 1688, responded to this review

Thank you Lucy M for your wonderful comments, we're glad you've enjoyed your visits to the Merchants 1688 and hope to see you again soon. More 

Ulverston, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

During December, I visited this place twice as it is the first decent bar after leaving the station. On a Monday night our group took up the offer of two main meals and a bottle of wine for £28. The food was excellent, wine nice, and service excellent. Well worth it. My second visit was at lunchtime, and our group... More 

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Tim T, Owner at Merchants 1688, responded to this review

Dear Ian Thank you very much for your review and our subsequent email conversation. We’re glad you enjoyed your wine and dine deal and for your understanding of the difficulties we sometimes have handling larger groups, given the unique layout of our cellar bar. As we discussed our primary concern is to make Merchants as friendly and welcoming as possible... More 

Belfast, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Had a lovely lunch here today with friends! Staff where fast and very attentive! Food was lovely! Stuffed afterwards and I felt it was great value at £30 for 3 mains and 3 pints of soft drinks!

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Tim T, Owner at Merchants 1688, responded to this review

Dear Sidisright Thank you very much for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your meal and hope to see you at Merchants again soon. More 

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Additional Information about Merchants 1688

Address: 29 Castle Hill, Lancaster LA1 1YN, England
Phone Number: 152466466
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Lancashire  >  Lancaster
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: British

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