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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, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
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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  • 26
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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
Lovely atmosphere and friendly staff

Great pub for a quiet night out with friends! The staff are friendly and courteous and the place is charming...........

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
Filippo V
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Staff friendly, drinks ok but the food was not great, overcooked fish and undercooked raw chips. Definitely not twice cooked.

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Absolutely wonderful place to eat and drink, great atmosphere and very pleasant staff. Wonderful surroundings and very nice Real Ales on sale.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The food was great, nicely presented & extremely tasty, the atmosphere in the bar was friendly & enjoyable, staff polite & cheerful. You could choose to eat in the bar or the restaurant which is little more formal. A great find in the bustling city of Lancaster. Would certainly come back next time I'm visiting. Recommended.

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London
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The linguine was nice but the chicken was tough. The desserts were good tho so overall was ok. Service is slow, but the waiting staff are friendly.

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

Dear Mez We are sorry you felt you weren’t happy with your chicken in the linguine. On the occasions where there may be some issue like this we would normally try to resolve it with when we check back to see if everything is ok. We’re sorry we did have chance to do this in this instance. We have discussed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Great pub for a quiet night out with friends! The staff are friendly and courteous and the place is charming...........

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

Dear Flippo thanks for your review. We're glad you like Merchants unique atmosphere and hope to see you again soon. More 

Lancaster, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We ate here with friends a few weeks ago, and were all very pleased with our food. I haven't eaten in the Merchants for while, however I do drink here quite frequently as it is an amazing pub with an interesting history. The menu is varied and seasonal which is always a good sign and the portion sizes were very... More 

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

Hi Toni As you say we have been working hard on improving the menu over the last year or so plus we've spent a bit of money tidying up various part of the interior. Don't forget we do a great deal on Monday and Tuesday nights for 2 main courses and a bottle of wine for £28 if you fancy... More 

Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Nice atmosphere and friendly staff. They have major kitchen issues though. The duck was extremely overcooked. After sending it back the second attempt was much better. They also refused to do my friend's tuna in any other way than 'very well done' even after she asked them not to. My girlfriend's steak was good, but she got a bit sick... More 

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

Dear Sander Thank you very much for your feedback. There are a number of issues here, all of which we take very seriously. Obviously we were aware of your concerns during the visit and are glad that the second duck was to your liking. The chef and manager present both checked your original meal after you asked us to replace... More 

Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This pub has lovely ambience and the service was good. My family enjoyed the food but my crab apple and chili sandwich was disappointing. The crab was a very thin layer of paste like crab pate.

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

Hi workerbee Its great that your family enjoyed their meals and sorry that there wasn’t enough crab filling on your sandwich. We have discussed this with the kitchen team and will make sure there is sufficient in the future. The sandwich is made using a mixture of fresh crab meat from our suppliers in Fleetwood so we can assure you... More 

Stirlingshire, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

After being recommended to try this restaurant i brought my mum here for her birthday meal. The interior is wonderful, old stone walls but with modern and stylish furniture and patterned upholsteries. It was perfect. I had the duck from the "chefs specials" section of the menu, it came with aromatic rice, asparagus and a peach purée. It was so... More 

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

Abigail. Thanks very much for you glowing review . Its great to hear you had such a good meal with us and your Mum had a lovely birthday and enjoyed the fizz. We hope to see you next time you are back down in Lancaster. More 

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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

February 2013 we decided to take my daughter to the merchants for her meal it was a beautiful meal set in like dungeons.I loved the place the food and atmosphere.The staff were so helpful especially when my grandaughter needed attention nothing was to much for them.From start to finish was first class service.....THANKYOU.

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

Dear Joy We're really glad you had such a great time at Merchants. We hope to see you again soon. More 

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Additional Information about Merchants 1688

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

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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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