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The Water Witch


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Certificate of Excellence2017 - 2018 Winner

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The Water Witch was originally converted from purpose built stables in 1978 and offers a large range of high quality dishes ranging from Great British classics to continental cuisine. Our Head Chef sources all of our produce wherever possible from local British suppliers, enabling us to reduce our food miles and serve you the very best of what's in season. Whether you're visiting to sample our superb array of drinks, dine in our restaurant or combining a little of both - you're always guaranteed a warm welcome at the Water Witch.
$4 - $23
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Bar, British, Pub, Deli
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
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All reviews burger mushy peas scampi sandwiches salad beef pudding canal side lancaster canal the pub tow path sit outside lovely canal deli board good selection of ales great setting great beer
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited with after my sons graduation and as I have eaten here before I was hopeful the food would be nice. The restaurant didn't dissappoint. Delicious goats cheese and beetroot arancini to start - so tasty!! Bouillabaisse for my main which contained large pieces of...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank chocotulip
Reviewed 6 days ago

I'vebeen here before and had no complaint but not happy this time. I stood at the bar to order food and drink, the first barman to become available ignored me and served a woman who arrived after myself. When the next barman was free he...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank pixiestarr
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopping over in Lancaster on way back home from Scotland we booked a table at the Water Witch to relive memories of 10 years ago when we would visit our daughter at Uni. Sadly it seems this once fantastic little pub has sat back and...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank DougReading_BerksUK
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a great location and the staff are friendly but the food is very average. Soggy whitebait an absolute low-point.

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank splurge60
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

called in after canal cruise ... placed order ...at just gone 1pm... didnt get food till 1.35... and it was cold and missing brie in the meal... food was taken away ..another 10 min wait .. till it came ... didnt enjoy it as we...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank pippywippy2013
Reviewed June 9, 2019

Excellent place Authentically local and not touristy or tizzy. Attractive architecture and very pleasant pub decor, no intrusive music, sit inside or out. Terrific location on canal. Very good range of beverages - beer, wines, cider and spirits. We were able to sample before selecting...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank decline421
Reviewed May 29, 2019 via mobile

Impromptu visit for tea whilst visiting family. For a start, a great bar full of proper ales. Unfortunately I was driving but I will be back, using the train next time! Plenty of choice with the food, difficult to choose so plumped for a gammon...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank LeChipfre
Reviewed May 29, 2019

Went for an evening meal with my girlfriend. From the start the waitress got the drinks wrong, this wasn't too much of a problem since she changed them quickly after I went to the bar to let them know. Ordered the food, for starters, I...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank mattmoses99
Reviewed May 27, 2019 via mobile

I decided to have my tea at the Waterwitch after work, the bar has a fantastic range of local and non local ales, I was spoilt for choice! They have a whole separate menu for vegetarians and vegans with a great range of dishes, I...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank mred1995
Reviewed May 15, 2019

So disappointed. They were busy, but ineadable. Really sad because it can be good. Had a full refund but off home to cook.

Date of visit: May 2019
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October 11, 2018|
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Response from X3333SGkevinb | Reviewed this property |
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May 15, 2018|
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Response from Ollie000 | Reviewed this property |
There is also street parking in Ashton Road outside the RLI which is accessed passed A&E. Alternatively there is more street parking down Aldcliffe Road around B&Q and there is a bridge across the canal. Unfortunately this... More
May 15, 2018|
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Parking is an known issue for the Water Witch, when my family and I visited, we struggled to park. We had no choice but to park in B&Q’s car park for 2 hours before having to move the car to the very far end of a near by... More
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