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Merchants 1688

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Certificate of Excellence2014 - 2018 Winner

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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, After-hours, Drinks
Bar, British, Pub
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
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All reviews lancashire hotpot pie sunday roast burger lamb fish and chips mash bread sandwiches soup potatoes wine cellar lancaster castle red cabbage selection of beers the pub lovely atmosphere
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Reviewed yesterday

I am not local to Lancaster but tend to come three or four times a year and do have relatives in the area too. I have three favourite eating places in the city and Merchants is top of the list! It was busy here last...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank lillibet12309
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful meal here last night. Only quibble was that both our starters (scollop and king prawn) could have done with being hotter. Beautiful main courses cod and pork. Would definitely recommend.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Durnian74
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just an amazing place, friendly staff and brilliant food )may need to book very popular) The ceiling is worth a visit alone. Great!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Sightsee756781
Tim T, Manager at Merchants 1688, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Great to hear you had a good visit Sightsee756781! We pride ourselves on great customer service and home cooked food. Thanks very much for your lovely review and we hope to see you again in the near future. Restaurant manager Joel McGruddy

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a fabulous Sunday lunch at The Merchants. The service was friendly and first class. The food was absolutely delicious. Three of us enjoyed tasty starters of black pudding potato cakes made with cheesy mash and one of us had equally delicious potted shrimps....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank ChattyCathy9
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My sister organised a Harry Potter themed meal for my bachelorette party and the atmosphere here was perfect. Charlotte and Ailsa were so accommodating and went out of their way to make sure we had fun - even making us special 'potion' drinks in house...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank alm00re
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Brilliant food in a lovely cosy setting. 2 of us had the steak and ale pie which was delicious and full of steak. One had the burger and one the fish and chips both of which they said was lovely. The seating is lovely and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank elliott96
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located in the ancient city centre of Lancaster, one cannot miss this restaurant located close to the castle in a stroll across. It offers both indoors and outdoors sitting options both of which are just unique. The building has been refurbished from a castle owned...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Chamath F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had arranged for my walking group to dine Tuesday lunchtime at Merchants. We pre-ordered the meals ready for our arrival. The selection of beers is superb, the staff were excellent, service was brilliant. Even though there were so many covers, the meals were delivered...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Paul H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great experience we had. The food was delicious and very good value. The staff were very attentive and we could not fault anything.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Carol W
Tim T, General Manager at Merchants 1688, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much Carol W for our amazing 5* review. Its fantastic to hear you had such a great experience and that our food was delicious. The Merchants team look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Ailsa Morrison General Manager

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Unusual, unique setting. Unfortunately my wife is recovering from a severe illness and is on a low res diet. Initially the waitress said it wouldn't be a problem and the range of dishes could be adapted, however it soon became clear that she'd had enough...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank markm0nk
Tim T, General Manager at Merchants 1688, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi markm0nk, Thank you for taking the time to review the Merchants 1688 on your recent visit. It's great to hear you enjoyed your food and drinks with us and I'm extremely sorry you felt our team lacked warmth. I have discussed your experience with...More

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6 September 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
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
4 October 2017|
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Response from sharoncN4034SB | Reviewed this property |
no. but plenty around the streets.
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