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Merchants 1688

$$ - $$$, British,
29 Castle Hill, Lancaster LA1 1YN, England
+44 1524 66466
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Overview
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“pie” (26 reviews)
“sunday roast” (16 reviews)
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CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
29 Castle Hill, Lancaster LA1 1YN, England
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1 - 10 of 708 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Attended here for a meal with three friends. On a Monday you can partake of two courses for two with a bottle of wine for £28. We each ordered the Beef with various accomplishments. The meal was cooked as each of us ordered Atmosphere of...More

Thank LaurieLuton
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went in towards the end of service on a Sunday evening. We both ordered the beef Sunday Roast. The food was served quickly but the standard of food was very very poor. The beef was overcooked and incredibly tough. I wasn't able to eat...More

Thank Cathryn S
Tim T, General Manager at Merchants 1688, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Cathryn S for taking the time to leave a review for us here at the Merchants 1688. I am very disappointed you were unhappy with the dishes you ordered on your recent visit. We are very proud of our Sunday roasts and regularly...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited as a group of 11 friends. 9 ordered food (2were still too full from breakfast) The food looked great and everyone enjoyed it. A very well done Yorkshire pudding was swapped for a new one for one member of our party. Will visit...More

Thank MrsH04
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Picked merchants due to the online menu offering vegsan dishes. Ordered a tofu salad which when it came to the table was a small portion of salad only. Staff hadn't warned that anything was to be removed from dish and for the price, It was...More

Thank Lennytravel
Tim T, General Manager at Merchants 1688, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for us at the Merchants 1688. I am extremely sorry you did not enjoy your recent visit with us, I spoke to you personally on the day and felt we had resolved the issues raised....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped in around 1:30 for a Sunday roast and found the place quite busy. The hostess was honest saying that it would be an hour delay for the food but they would be glad to seat us. We are so glad we stayed. The...More

Thank AverageJoe55
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here for a pint of real ale ( Dark Rum ) enroute to Lancaster University. Beautiful friendly pub. Lovely setting. Hope to eat here on way home to train station in a few days

Thank Dondewande
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This historic pub provides a great selection of real ales and fabulous food. You get what you pay for! Parts of the interior are like brick tunnels with atmospheric lighting. There is seating outside and the staff are lovely.

Thank TheArchers15
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped here for a drink and lunch on way back to train station. Nice seating outside, Inside looks great like old wine cellars. Staff very nice and food was good.

Thank claireBlackpool
Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

This is a fabulous and friendly place, and the food is good too. Not the cheapest but well worth it.

Thank Ann G
Reviewed May 8, 2018

Sat outside the front of the pub and thoroughly enjoyed my visit. Normal pub drinks but it is based in a cellar backing into the hill (castle hill). It has plenty of character and a good feel to it. Will definitely visit again on next...More

Thank David F
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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
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nevmBolton_le_Sands
October 3, 2017|
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Response from sharoncN4034SB | Reviewed this property |
no. but plenty around the streets.
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jujumeme123456
August 10, 2016|
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Response from Tim T | Property representative |
Hi jujumeme1, Your group was no inconvenience at all and my colleague remembers chatting with you and your group. I hope my response to your review has answered any questions you had. Kind regards Ailsa Morrison
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Bar scene, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
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 - 10:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 29 Castle Hill, Lancaster LA1 1YN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Lancashire  >  Lancaster District  >  Lancaster
  • Phone Number: +44 1524 66466
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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.
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