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29 Castle Hill, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 1YN
01524 66466

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    We pride ourselves in producing the finest in pub dining in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, complemented by our Cask Marque accredited real ales, in the historic surroundings of our 300-year-old former wine merchant’s cellars. All our meals are freshly prepared on site using the best locally sourced ingredients, the meat coming from the fells and fields of Cumbria and Lancashire, and the fish delivered fresh from Fleetwood. We have taken the same care in selecting our drinks range with fine fruity wines from the new world, cask ales from Britain’s best local brewers and an ever increasing selection of craft beers from some of the world’s most exciting brewers. The fresh ground coffee is our own unique blend, flame roasted at Atkinson’s of Lancaster within sniffing distance of the Merchant’s beer garden for over 100 years

    Please Note: Although we appreciate many people who visit Lancaster are here to sample Lancasters rich nightlife, we still remain a family-friendly business and regret that we cannot allow customers in fancy dress.

    We apologize if this causes any inconvenience but we would like to ensure the Merchants 1688 remains suitable for our younger visitors.

    We are now dog-friendly, please note this is only for our first bay and we ask that owners keep control of their pets at all times.

    No under 5s from 7pm in our main restaurant, however, they are welcome in our child-friendly bar area under parental supervision until 9pm. 

    Thank you.