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Merchants was the best new pub I tried in Lancaster last night. It's a cellar bar that is just a stone's throw away from the castle. It had a good range of ales - Walls Beaters Choice, Arkells Moonlight, Animal Snarl, Old School Merchants 1688 Castle Blonde, Settle No. 3 Nine Standards Porter, Borough Brewery Ella & Martland Mill Lancashire Loom, all dispensed by young, efficient staff. A pub quiz appeared to be ongoing. But it was not too intrusive. Well worth a visit. Offers a discount for CAMRA members.
blue_scrumpy - 5 Oct 2015 20:31
Decent pub, handy for the station. Good mixture of indoor seating in the vaults plus outdoor seating areas. Well worth a visit.
alexw - 26 Aug 2013 11:34
Called in yesterday evening for the first time having passed many times in the past without visiting. It is an interesting building inside, like a series of tunnels or vaults, which provide a pleasant environment for a drink or a meal. Presently offering two main courses from the menu with a bottle of wine for £22 on a Monday or Tuesday evening. Also has a good range of ales on handpump (the one I tried was in good condition) as well as some interesting bottles, including some from a local microbrewery. Pleasant service as well. Worth a visit any time.
Stamfordian - 13 Jun 2013 00:59
A busy historical pub which is probably worth a visit and the ales are okay but service is based on he who shouts loudest/first rather than whoever has been waiting longest.
anonymous - 17 Dec 2012 20:49
An absolute champion pub in historic Lancaster. An atmosphere that really appeals as a traditional looking building with exposed brick work around the bar area. Leading off from the bar are separate long rooms, two of which are for dining, one more for playing, as itís contents includes a pool table, dartboard and quiz machines.

The menu has all the hall marks of a bar whose manager and head chef is allowed to have input on the food they serve. Which, means youíll find the favourites: burger, lasagne, fish and chips plus the obligatory Lancashire Hot Pot; but then the menu breaks off in a tasty direction of Moroccan lamb, chicken and wild mushroom and pan fried salmon fillet. Then the rustic favourites show themselves in an excellent cheese and deli board.
The Merchants has a nice balance seldom seen. During the day its a traditional pub serving lagers, ales, beverages and pub meal favourites. Then by the evening it can become a place to enjoy a delicious evening dinner and bottle of wine that rivals the more dedicated restaurants in town.

The Merchants is a pub that seems confident and sure of itself and its direction. Well managed, well staff and many all things to many people without spreading itself thin.

topthisup - 15 Mar 2011 16:10
A gem of a pub... Busy, immaculate, interesting inside.. Busy on our Saturday afternoon visit but we found a table for another great black sheep.
Mappiman - 13 Mar 2011 21:14
Always been a strange pub this one, seems a bit cleaner than a few years ago with some decent beers, Food not great, but, passable. Very quiet compared to how we remember..
lazyafternoon - 27 Sep 2010 16:29
This is my first port of call whilst on my occasional visits to Lancaster. Fine interior with well kept handpump ales. I had the beer battered fish and chips on my last visit and was not dissapointed! Simply stunning food! Cheers
realalerules1983 - 16 Sep 2010 16:30
this used to have sky but doesn't any more. Ale OK though
oftenscore6 - 10 Nov 2009 00:32
Excellent venue, if not the easiest to find, look to your right as you make your way up to the castle/jail. Reportedly the building dates from the 17th. century and it is situated in the wine vaults of an old house. Nice selection of ales and a fine pint of a Belgian white beer, Hoegaarden, which I can highly recommend. They also served a lovely beef and onion baguette. Not the cheapest baguette I've ever had but very nice. Ate it in the beer-garden infront of the pub and spent a pleasant hour watching the world go by.
brockum - 13 Jun 2009 12:22
Very intriguing building and a decent pint of Deuchars IPA, close to station aswell if u got half an hour to kill,8/10
fat_beer_badger - 6 May 2009 15:48
Interesting pub.Caters more for visitors than locals methinks.Wide selection of food;staff seemed friendly.
delstefan - 23 Nov 2008 13:19
Attractive pub not far from the station. As you go in the bar is on the right with drinking areas to the left in arched cellars. Deuchars IPA, Theakston Best, Bombardier and Bitter & Twisted. Only time for a swift half of the latter as we were heading down to Preston but it was in good nick.
GuideDogSaint - 2 Nov 2008 21:40
i found the food here excellent, the staff very friendly and the pub itself is in old wine cellers which make it an intresting place. a bit expensive on drink but will certainly go back for food next time in lancaster.
longthorne - 23 May 2008 12:05
Intersting pub in a good setting. Staff are usually friendly, plenty of seating, and separate rooms. Quality of food wavers, and drinks could be cheaper, but worth going to.
Pint_size - 16 May 2007 22:08
Got food poisoning here about 2 years ago. Never been back. Interesting decor though and reasonable prices.
cathal21 - 21 Jan 2005 16:22

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