Where to Eat in Lancaster: The Best Restaurants and Bars

January 11, 2018 Etsuko Causey

Discover the best restaurant in Lancaster, United Kingdom (UK) including Sultan of Lancaster, The Whale Tail, The Sun Cafe Restaurant, Quite Simply French, Babar Elephant, Merchants 1688, The White Cross, The Sun Hotel and Bar, Full House Noodle Bar, Wagon and Horses
Things to do in Lancaster

1. Sultan of Lancaster

The Old Church Brock Street, Lancaster LA1 1UU, England Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available Indian, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1524 61188
Excellent
63%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 436 reviews

Sultan of Lancaster

Reviewed By Alice R - Lancaster, United Kingdom

We eat here regularly and always enjoy it. The staff are so welcoming and the food is absolutely delicious. There is a special menu for the early evening from Monday to Thursday and so you can have a lovely meal at an excellent price if you are happy to eat early.

2. The Whale Tail

78A Penny Street, Lancaster LA1 1XN, England Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +44 1524 845133
Excellent
61%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 303 reviews

The Whale Tail

Reviewed By Jean L

This is my favourite restaurant in Lancaster. There are loads of amazing vegan options as well as the vegetarian menu that has lots of favourites like Homity Pie. The cakes are amazing too! Good value. Very popular and so make sure you get there early for lunch!

3. The Sun Cafe Restaurant

25 Sun Street, Lancaster LA1 1EW, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Cafe, European, British, Mediterranean, Contemporary, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$424 - HK$667 +44 1524 845599
Excellent
61%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 223 reviews

The Sun Cafe Restaurant

Reviewed By hollywood8484 - Lancaster, United Kingdom

We had a lovely meal here on a Saturday night. Its intimate but not isolated so great atmosphere. We ordered the bread selection which was fab and different. The stuffed mushrooms each wow ! My husband ordered the special beef Stroganoff and Greek polenta, I had the stuffed chicken breast with chorizo. It came with vegetable's. My husband had a brandy coffee for pudding which came with gorg chocolates I had the toffee and caramel pavlova was like a fab double decker ! Loved the mini tic tac you got each with the bill at the end. This is definitely a favourite restaurant in Lancaster of ours. Yes it's not cheap but you pay for the service which was excellent the intimate setting and the class of food . Thankyou !

4. Quite Simply French

27A St. Georges Quay | Lancashire, Lancaster LA1 1RD, England Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards British, French, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$220 - HK$659 +44 1524 843199
Excellent
76%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Quite Simply French

Quite Simply French creates seasonal innovative menus that change every day. We use only the finest ingredients from local and specialist suppliers. Our ethos is bespoke, which means our all our dishes are cooked in small batches. We cook our food fresh to order and serve it with a friendly smile! Our food is modern French but with most of our seasonal produce supplied locally we pay homage to Britain and Lancashire. We are the only restaurant in Lancaster and within 50 miles of Lancaster to have a live lobster tank and specialise in fresh shellfish and seafood. OFFERS INCLUDE: Early Bird - Monday to Saturday . Starters 50% off & Mains £10. Wednesday - Mussels or Steak - £15 Steak and Mussels - £20. Thursdays - Lobster and Champagne, a whole lobster and 2 glasses of champagne - £40. Sunday's - Simply Squiffy Offer, 2 courses and a bottle of wine for only £25. Sunday Lunch - 2 courses for £20.

Reviewed By mverschaeve - Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Found QSF via TripAdvisor and we had our first dinner in October '17.
We were both very impressed by the décor, the hospitality and professionalism of all staff. The menu offers plenty of choice. The produce and ingredients is excellent.
We've shared the three starters: oysters, escargots and cuisses de grenouilles... And stuck to our own mains, to finish with the Gourmand dessert...
Unfortunately we live a couple of hours driving away but we'll definitely come back for more...

5. Babar Elephant

Morecambe Road, Lancaster LA1 5JB, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Indian, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1524 388670
Excellent
65%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 490 reviews

Babar Elephant

Opened 21st July 2010

Reviewed By tonzooneill - Bacup, United Kingdom

Been here a few times now for family meals and celebrations. The food is lovely and tasty, the service is fantastic and the restaurant is impeccably clean. The decor and ambiance is great for any occasion. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting a good Indian meal experience.

6. Merchants 1688

29 Castle Hill, Lancaster LA1 1YN, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, European, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +44 1524 66466
Excellent
51%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 698 reviews

Merchants 1688

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.

Reviewed By Carole J - Preston, United Kingdom

Love this place. Been many times and it always offers a warm friendly atmosphere. It’s clean and the staff are always warm and friendlyHi Carole J Thank you so much for your excellent review, we are very pleased you like the warm atmosphere and our friendly staff. Hope you had a great birthday and we look forward to your next visit. Kind Regards Leanne Moore Restaurant Manager

7. The White Cross

Quarry Road, Lancaster LA1 4XT, England Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$63 - HK$133 +44 1524 33999
Excellent
52%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 327 reviews

The White Cross

Canal side pub with home cooked food served 12PM-9PM every day. Up to 13 cask ales, two rotating craft beers plus fresh ground coffee and and excellent selection of wines by the glass.

Reviewed By Martje R - Lancaster

This is a large, but still cosy, pub that serves good food and looks out over the canal. The Seating could do with a bit of sorting out because, despite all the space, it can be hard to find somewhere (comfortable) to sit.

8. The Sun Hotel and Bar

63-65 Church Street, Lancaster LA1 1ET, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +44 1524 66006
Excellent
51%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 319 reviews

The Sun Hotel and Bar

Reviewed By Purdz94

Really like the building and how the business represents Lancaster brewery, which is a bonus for everyone. The food was good, and the beer even better. But the venue was brilliant, welcoming for civilized people to say the least haha!

9. Full House Noodle Bar

21 Common Garden Street, Lancaster LA1 1XD, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Chinese, Asian, Malaysian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +44 1524 842888
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 166 reviews

Full House Noodle Bar

Reviewed By Jsailox - Lancaster, United Kingdom

Nice and tasty noodle soup lunch with Jasmine tea. In a way nothing very special about this place, yet the food is very filling and tasty. In the centre of Lancaster, upstairs and at the back of an extensive oriental supermarket.

10. Wagon and Horses

27 St. Georges Quay, Lancaster LA1 1RD, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$63 - HK$220 +44 1524 846094
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 428 reviews

Wagon and Horses

Are you looking for somewhere special to eat in Lancaster? Then you simply have to try the Wagon & Horses, for the last couple of years we have secretly been employing one of the best chefs in the area and creating a menu that will rival (and sometimes surpass) any other establishment in Lancaster. We know it's a cliché but we are the best kept culinary secret in the city. We take great pride in our customer service and make sure the standard of food we serve is always of the highest quality making us increasingly one of the most popular gastropubs to eat at. Wherever possible, we are committed to only buying from local suppliers whether it is Garstang Blue Cheese or Lewis's truly amazing Ice Cream, we truly celebrate and insist on giving our customers a true taste of as many delicious produce that Lancaster & Lancashire can offer.As you may or may not know, our Gastro pub reputation is growing rapidly every week and we are very proud to boast about the quality and freshness of our ingredients and we are delighted to announce the completion of our roof top herb and salad garden where we are growing not just our reputation but a vast array of yummy herb and salad to make our dishes incredibleWe want your dining experience at the Wagon & Horses to be a really special, a day to remember, so we are proud to offer a range of mouth-watering starters that include our legendary Asian Style Mussels & the unique experience of our Wagon & Horses Savoury Tart (it's got Black Pudding in you know). After the lip licking has finished you can then choose from two main menus, the first boasting such delights as roasted monkfish (yummy) and our much acclaimed herb Crusted Lamb Rack, once tried - never forgotten. The Classics menu conjures up somewhat more down to earth fayre such as Cumbrian Beef resident burger and (as our quote informs) possibly the best Beer Battered Fish & Chips in the UK. Both menus are bursting with local and seasonal flavours and all dietary requirements can be catered for with vegetarian options galore, we also provide gluten free options. Don't forget, if you are allergic to something or simply don't like one of the ingredients of a meal, we can cook it to your liking...just ask.

Reviewed By JohnyC58 - Heswall, United Kingdom

Just enjoyed a fabulous stay here as our anniversary treat . We were warmly welcomed by our hosts, Diane and Carole , who turned out to very knowledgeable and passionate about all things Lancaster . Our room was well equipped with everything we needed , including coffee/tea , bottled water and hair drier . We enjoyed a lovely evening meal in the spacious and airy restaurant with real fires adding to the atmosphere . We soon found lots of things to do in Lancaster thanks to Carole's knowledge , all within easy walking distance .
Free parking for the duration of our stay was a handy bonus I should mention .
Our thanks to all the staff who really enhanced the enjoyment of our stay, we enjoyed the beers and the super breakfast too, and will have to return to explore more .

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