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Address: 27 Castle Hill, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1YN [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 10097) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Lancaster (0.2 miles), Bare Lane (2.3 miles), Morecambe (3.3 miles)

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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

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