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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 - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
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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  • 157
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  • 120
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 11
    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
Sunday lunch

Just rolled up and was impressed with the vibes. Wide selection of food, all similarly priced and slightly on the high side, with pleasant staff in a quiet ish and unique setting in spacious seating in the old wine vaults. Portions a good size and quality of food was very good. The only reason for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
crbarton
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just rolled up and was impressed with the vibes. Wide selection of food, all similarly priced and slightly on the high side, with pleasant staff in a quiet ish and unique setting in spacious seating in the old wine vaults. Portions a good size and quality of food was very good. The only reason for not giving 5 stars was... More 

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Lancaster, UK
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73 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well done you guys, we had an amazing meal on Monday eve! Had the 2 courses & a bottle of vino for £28. Must say one of the best meals in LA1, restaurant quality in a pub! Venison haunch steak & Rump steak, both cooked perfectly with veggies to die for & an amazing blackberry jus with the Venison! Wow!... More 

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Thank Lindow
Arnside, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the first time that I have visited Merchants bar and restaurant with my girlfriend. The place is really chilled out and relaxed, it's based not far from the castle and you could quite easily walk past it without realising it. It's situated in an old wine cellar and they have a wide selection of wines and handpulled draught... More 

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Thank Christopher I
Leeds, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good points: Beautiful, rustic environment with amazing original features to admire. Friendly and prompt service by lovely staff. Delicious, hearty food that's reasonably priced. Ideal location for castle tourists. Bad points: We had to wait a little longer for our food than normal, but it was clear that it had all been cooked from scratch using great ingredients, so worth... More 

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Thank Kate R
Tim T, Manager at Merchants 1688, responded to this review

Hello Kate R, Thanks for taking the time to leave your thoughts on our restaurant/bar, it's wonderful to hear to enjoyed the food and rustic appearance of the venue and the staff will be very pleased with your comments about them. I am sorry you had to wait a little longer than usual for your food but pleased you feel... More 

Blackpool, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went for Saturday night dinner but hadn't booked. Not a problem we were seated in the bar area and drinks bought to our table. Unfortunately, being in the bar area a group of lads came and sat near by and were quite loud, upon mentioning that we may go somewhere else we were moved to the restaurant where a... More 

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Thank Danny C
Tim T, Manager at Merchants 1688, responded to this review

Hi Danny C Thank you for leaving us such a wonderful review, again we can only apologize for the initial disturbance to your meal and I am very pleased we were able to rectify this. I am glad you enjoyed your burns night special and main courses, it's great to hear to enjoy the food and ale choices. We look... More 

Cleckheaton, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely little pub with a quirky interior as it was an old wine cellar. Great atmosphere and staff. Reasonable prices. Worth visiting in the summer also to sit in the beer garden.

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

Hi hannah T I'm very pleased you enjoyed your visit to the Merchants and would like to thank you for taking the time to leave us your thoughts. We hope to see you again soon Leanne Moore More 

Hertfordshire
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67 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped for a quick bite to eat at Merchants before a tour of Lancaster Castle. The place is quite atmospheric with several rooms being in old wine cellar type tunnels dug into the hillside. We only had time for sandwiches and some chips and these were of pretty good quality and came quite quickly. All in all a reasonable place... More 

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

Hi MnsrLarousse Thanks for leaving us a review, I'm very pleased you liked the atmosphere and enjoyed your sandwiches. I hope the next time you visit you have a bit more time, so you can try some of our other dishes. We look forward to seeing you again. Leanne Moore Merchants 1688 More 

Lakes
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A really nice bar in old wine cellars superb inside with good food at reasonable prices. Large inside with separate areas in the old cellars well worth a visit

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Thank Rickshaw1
Tim T, Manager at Merchants 1688, responded to this review

Hello Rickshaw1 Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a nice review. I'm glad you feel we are well worth a visit. Hope to see you again! Leanne Moore More 

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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here with my partner and some friends. The atmosphere was really good, loads of decent beer on draught and super friendly bar staff. I will definitely be back the next time I visit Lancaster.

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Thank Ian H
Tim T, Manager at Merchants 1688, responded to this review

Hi Ian H Thank you so much for leaving us such a positive review. I'm glad you found our staff friendly and enjoyed the selection of draught beer here. We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit to Lancaster. Leanne Moore The Merchants 1688 More 

United Kingdom
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115 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in lancaster on way home from lake district and didnt know what to expect. Dropped in for lunch based upon TA review and were not disappointed. We were the only customers for lunch but were treated with great care. Would definitely recommend to those who are local.

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Thank 25VicNic17
Tim T, Manager at Merchants 1688, responded to this review

Hello 25VicNic17 Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review for our restaurant/bar. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your lunch time experience with us and I hope you find the time to visit us again soon. Leanne Moore More 

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children

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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