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Merchants 1688


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene

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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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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Bar, British, Pub
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for lunch today for my son’s 20th birthday. He commented on the middle aged male clientele when we arrived! As regards the surroundings, we couldn’t fault it - very different and atmospheric, although the toilets could do with a revamp. My daughter had the...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Q9971TEsarahg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Old cellar with a bar, live music in the evening. Interesting range or beers, quaint, individual and interesting, will visit again.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Mark K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had dinner with my son and daughter the first night of my visit - definitely coming back before the end of my stay! The food was delicious, the ambience very pleasant, and staff very friendly. And because it happened to be a Tuesday, we...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Wvelloso
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped for lunch, the menu is extensive and a fair price. The ambience is very nice and the service was very good. If you are having lunch have the smaller portion as it is quite enough just for a lunch.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank DexDeb
Reviewed May 19, 2019

We wanted to have lunch and to be able to enjoy it in peace and quiet. We tried several other places but they were all playing music, so we retraced our steps and went here. I had two pints one was excellent and the other...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Crispin H
Reviewed May 14, 2019

Five of us enjoyed a birthday celebration with very good food, excellent service and at a very reasonable price. What more is there to say?

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Denis B
Reviewed May 7, 2019

Absolutely charming little place. Very cool aesthetic with the converted cellars look. Almost looks like a hobbit hole from out front. Nice staff and decent prices, lovely place to stop on your way to/from the castle or priory.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank BenjiBray
Reviewed April 30, 2019

What a superb little venue. Tucked away near Lancaster castle, this gorgeous bar lets you enjoy your beers and wine in the cellars. Plenty of choice. I didn't have time to indulge in a pie (a bargain at £4 each) - when I saw them...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank happyVG
Reviewed April 29, 2019

Don't miss a visit to this little gem. It sits underneath the road and buildings across the road from the castle and has the look of an old wine cellar with arched ceilings in different areas. food menu is decent and service is fine. One...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank theclarkes12
Reviewed April 29, 2019

easy to find cellar backing into the hill (castle hill). It has plenty of character and a good feel great drinks menu

Date of visit: April 2019
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September 5, 2018|
Response from 32margarety | Reviewed this property |
I don't know . I put a good review on in July that has been removed too .
Hannah M
October 10, 2017|
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Response from Edward R | Reviewed this property |
The outside seating area probably is but I doubt the inside will be
October 3, 2017|
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Response from sharoncN4034SB | Reviewed this property |
no. but plenty around the streets.
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