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Merchants 1688

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29 Castle Hill, Lancaster LA1 1YN, England
+44 1524 66466
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12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night
Description: Restaurant and bar serving excellent British cuisine, 8 real ales and a...
Restaurant and bar serving excellent British cuisine, 8 real ales and a selection of fine wines. Set in 300 year old wine merchants cellars 1 minutes walk from Lancaster Castle and 5 minutes from the train station, with a peaceful beer garden to the front.
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  • 102
    Excellent
  • 88
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
staff great deco you must see for yourself brill friendly

Just for drinks on a business trip friendly staff great service must visit ,also great choice of craft beers with a menu

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
vince3232
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Bowness-on-Windermere, United Kingdom
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223 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Lancaster, United Kingdom
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Came on a Sunday evening with friends, we all had starters, mains, desserts and liquor coffees to finish. The food was of excellent quality and cooked to perfection. There was an excellent drink and wine selection and lots of cask ales to choose from. Staff were very helpful and service was impeccable. We were seated in the second cellar which... More 

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Sitting below the castle this restaurant was in an ideal position. The menu was very good with daily specials as well. On Monday/ Tuesday night they offer of any two main courses with a bottle of wine for £28, great value

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Bowness-on-Windermere, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Just for drinks on a business trip friendly staff great service must visit ,also great choice of craft beers with a menu

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

Hello vince3232, Thank you for taking time out to review our venue. We pride ourselves on our service and friendly staff, so it was wonderful to hear you enjoyed this part of your visit. Kind regards Ailsa Morrison (Manager) More 

Wirral, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Excellent and beautifully presented tasty food , very quant setting excellent service .Steak cooked to perfection, highly recommended, would definitely use this establishment again .

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

Hi irenestevecourtney, Thank you so much for your wonderful comments, I'm so glad you enjoyed the food especially your steak Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant and I hope to see you again soon. Kind regards Ailsa Morrison (Manager) More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Sadly missed dinner but made up for by very friendly service and a brilliant cask beer selection . The pub has a great history and is pretty cool in that it goes under several houses and businesses.

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

Hi River Thanks for the review. If it was yesterday you were in we only serve food till 8 on Sundays but every other day it is 9pm. Hope you pop back and try us again soon. Cheers More 

Salford, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

old exposed brickwork,atmospheric probabley attached to the prison once upon a time cellar like ,romantic clean and pleasant atmosphere

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

Hi Thanks for your review and we're glad you like our ales and unique cellar bar. It was actually a former wine merchant's cellar and as far as we know officially has no link to the Castle. There is however a strange feature in the 2nd cellar that indicates it may once have been used to store gunpowder, so who... More 

Derby, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This was the perfect place to stop for lunch after our tour of the Castle. Lovely historic atmosphere, good menu, reasonably priced. Not fancy but substantial enough.

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

We are glad you enjoyed you lunch with us Marsy after your visit to the castle and felt it was good value. All our fresh produce comes from the better quality local suppliers so can cost a little more than standard wholesale companies, so its good to know you were still happy with the pricing as well as the quality... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

I recently visited the merchants for my birthday during the day. The lunch time menu was full of choice, well priced and great large portions. The young blonde woman who served us at the bar was very efficient and polite and offered us options with our food. My partner wanted a starter as a main but wasn't sure if it... More 

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

Hi Emma. Thanks for your review and its great you enjoyed your meal so much with us. As well as our daily specials the main menu does change quite regularly so keep an eye on the web site for new, exciting dishes. More 

Manchester
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The food here is gorgeous and the price is very good. Very nice dining area. You can eat at either the table service or bar service for the same price. If I visit Lancaster again I will definitely be eating here.

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

Thank you Karen W, for our rating of excellent! I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit and the food in particular. I hope to see you again soon on your next visit to Lancaster. Kind regards Ailsa Morrison (Manager) More 

Stockport, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

we call here when visiting our son at lancaster university. The food is always well presented and really tasty. I would definitely recommend it. Bar staff really welcoming. Can't wait for our next visit.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 29 Castle Hill, Lancaster LA1 1YN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Lancashire  >  Lancaster
  • Phone Number: +44 1524 66466

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Pub

Description

Restaurant and bar serving excellent British cuisine, 8 real ales and a selection of fine wines. Set in 300 year old wine merchants cellars 1 minutes walk from Lancaster Castle and 5 minutes from the train station, with a peaceful beer garden to the front.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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