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Merchants 1688

$$ - $$$, British,
29 Castle Hill, Lancaster LA1 1YN, England
+44 1524 66466
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Overview
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good35%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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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 737 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Walked into the pub all be it the last one before the train back x but to be told by the bar person that by the look of your eyes you've have enough to drink is absouluty disgusting I explained that my partner is visually...More

Thank Richard B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great pub with excellent service. Very comfortable with a great ambience. Although not tried the food it did look very nice at a good price.

Thank Carole J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited Lancaster for the day and thought we would visit for food as the last time we just had drinks. When ordering drinks the lady behind the bar was chatting to another member of staff being very vocal about not wanting people to come in...More

Thank Tracyoneill83
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in town overnight and looking for something to eat and drink and found this fantastic place a few hundred yards from where we were staying. The food is excellent and extremely well presented. The service was first class and the surroundings, with vaulted...More

Thank Gary E
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Monday 30th July for a birthday treat while spending a couple of days in Lancaster. Spotted this as it was just around the corner from our hotel and liked the look of it. Went in to enquire about a table for that evening and...More

Thank Linda M
Tim T, Manager at Merchants 1688, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Linda M, Thank you for leaving a wonderful review. It is great to read how much you enjoyed your experience with us, our Wine and Dine offer on a Monday and Tuesday is very popular. We are very pleased you liked the steaks and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An excellent selection of well kept real ales on cask, as well as a large number of craft ales in the fridge. Friendly staff, and a nice ambience.

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

Hi 1rids, Thank you for such a fab 5 star review, we are very pleased you like our excellent range of cask and craft beers, as well as the friendly staff and nice ambience. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers Leanne Moore

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had Sunday lunch here and it was absolutely delicious. There’s also a good selection of craft beer on tap and the staff were all very friendly, all set within old underground cellars. Liked it so much we came back later for a pint!More

Thank Prys E
Tim T, Manager at Merchants 1688, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Prys E Thank you for leaving us a great 5 star review! Our Sunday lunches are very popular and we are very pleased you thought it was delicious. Our craft beers change weekly so keep popping in to try some more. Kind Regards Leanne...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

WOW. Had the early bird Menu....great selection and value for money . The Chicken dish is flipping gorgeous. Great selection of drinks and lovely atmosphere. We shall be back .💖More

Thank Steff L
Tim T, Manager at Merchants 1688, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Steff L, Thank you for such a wonderful 5 * review. It is great to read you enjoyed the Early bird offer we have on a Wednesday and Thursday, particularly the chicken dish. We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards Leanne Moore...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Around a year since we were here, and it was great experience. Large choice of ales and helpful bar tender. The place itself was originally a wine cellar, and the vaulted ceiling made for an unusual dinner setting. the manager could not have been more...More

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

Hi funcarblur, It's great to see you have returned and enjoyed another great experience! We are so pleased you liked your traditional hotpot and salmon, as well as the helpful staff and ambience. Thank you for recommending us and leaving us such a fabulous review!...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great pub, Ideal to meet friends from the train or as last spot before train. Nice Outdoor area, good food.

Thank Karen D
Tim T, Manager at Merchants 1688, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Karen D, Thanks for the wonderful 5 star review! We are very pleased you like our food and outdoor area and hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards Leanne Moore Restaurant Manager

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Hannah M
11 October 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
4 October 2017|
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Response from sharoncN4034SB | Reviewed this property |
no. but plenty around the streets.
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jujumeme123456
10 August 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, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings
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
  • E-mail
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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