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Merchants 1688, Lancaster City Centre, Lancaster

29 Castle Hill
Lancaster
LA1 1YN
Phone: 0152466466
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Will Larter left this review about Merchants 1688

This place has gone down in my estimation since my visits a few years ago. On entering, there was a strange smell, of long-unwashed socks in a kit bag, or a male changing room, something unsavoury anyway. Service was not as good as when I've been here at busy times, and I wasn't as impressed with the five beers (on eight hand pumps) as on previous visits. And why are they charging over £4 for a pint (£2.05 for a half of fairly ordinary Tirril Nut Brown Ale 4.1%) when it's less than £3 for a slightly stronger beer at the Cornerhouse, five minutes walk away? I went and sat outside to avoid the smell (I hope it's only temporary); I'll be back before long, and hope things are not going permanently downhill.

Date of visit: 23rd July 2019

On 16th August 2019 - rating: 6
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Jon B left this review about Merchants 1688

a trendy little cavern place with tunnelled rooms coming off a main bar. has a wide range of real ale and some will like it. for me it's vacuous, too cramped and attracts the snooty brigade like the place next door.

On 3rd September 2018 - rating: 4
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Gill Smith left this review about Merchants 1688

Thought this was a grand place for real ale. Not far from the railway station you pass through outside seating area to enter cellar like bar area with a couple of other cellar rooms going off from the bar. What a beer selection today though of varying styles and strenghs across all 10 handpulls. Beers from Settle, Avid brewing Co, Beer Brothers, Kirby Lonsdale, Blackedge, Coach House, Harbour, Allendale, Rudgate and Tirril.

On 1st May 2018 - rating: 9
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Will Larter
Lancaster, 0.21 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Bare Lane, 2.84 miles, 54 min walk (show)
Morecambe, 3.57 miles, 1 hr 9 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Merchants 1688, Lancaster
16th Aug 2019, 14:30
Review submitted by Will Larter amended by Will Larter
 
16th Aug 2019, 14:29
Review submitted by Will Larter

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 01 November 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 01 November 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 01 November 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 01 November 2017 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10p per pint - last updated 01 November 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 01 November 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 01 November 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 01 November 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 01 November 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Karaoke : No last updated 01 November 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : Yes - Saturday - last updated 01 November 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 01 November 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 01 November 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 01 November 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Pool Table : No last updated 01 November 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Sunday - last updated 01 November 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 01 November 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 01 November 2017 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 01 November 2017 by ROB Camra
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