For Information & Inspiration
This isn't an exhaustive list of all the places Lancaster has to offer, it's a selection of the places I like. Lancaster is a small City and most of these are within a mile of The Ashton. On a nice day/evening it's a 20 minute walk under the Ashton Memorial through Williamson Park. Coming back is uphill all the way so I'd recommend a taxi unless you want to work off your dinner.
Places to eat:
Pizza Margherita has been a Lancaster institution since the 70's & for good reason, it's simple combination of good food & cheery service. It's also one of the few places that you'll be able to get a late table for a post theatre/film supper.
Quite Simply French is on the Quayside & the intimate, candle lit interior should be your choice for a romantic meal a deux. Open all week & they have a very good value 'Simply Squiffy' offer for Sunday & Monday evenings.
The Borough independently owned with a good range of beers and carefully sourced food. Pub at the front & busy dining room at the back. Booking is always advisable for this very popular gastropub.Red Peppercorn is a recent addition & this boutique bistro serves great mezze & interesting fusion food.
The Bay Horse is just on the edge of the Trough of Bowland. It's a 10 minute drive or taxi ride but for a very special occasion it's definitely worth it. Small dining rooms in a traditional country pub serving local produce with a modern British menu.
The Blue Moon is a newly opened Thai. Slick, modern with very attentive service & beautifully presented food.
There are plenty of Indian restaurants to choose from in Lancaster and everyone has a favorite, Babar Elephant is mine. It's the furthest from us, about 2 miles, but I think it's definitely worth going that extra mile.
Whilst pubs across the country seem to be closing rapidly Lancaster seems to be bucking the trend. Lancaster Brewery, just next door, might have something to do with it. If real ale is your thing then you might like to start your visit by taking the Brewery Tour before moving into town and taking your pick from one of these welcoming hostelries. The Taphouse, The Sun Hotel, The Robert Gillow, The Gregson. If it's a beautiful Summer evening then The Waterwitch on Lancaster Canal can't be bettered. For a very different drinking experience The Snug, a micro pub at Carnforth train station is a delight. If beer isn't your thing then head to Oscars & work your way through the cocktail list, the blackberry mojito is superb.
Places to Visit:
Lancaster has a number of heritage treasures to explore. At it's heart is The Castle, parts date back to the 12th Century & what was once Norman's now belongs to the Queen. It's been a working prison until very recently & is still a Crown Court. If you want to hear about it's dark past & see where the Pendle Witches learned their fate then tours take place every hour.
A coffee shop makes an unlikely tourist attraction but Atkinson's is no ordinary coffee shop. Stepping into this 19th century coffee roasters is like wandering onto the set of a Dickens adaptation. They've recently taken over The Priory Hall next door so call in for a perfectly brewed caffine hit.
I absolutely love the Lune Valley, just a few minutes drive from Lancaster and you're in glorious countryside where the walking is not too challenging and you're never too far from a country pub with a roaring fire and a selection of local brews. Start with a stride along the river at the Crook of Lune to work up an appetite then take a scenic drive up through the Valley to Kirkby Lonsdale for a little light shopping and lunch.
I grew up in Morecambe and although I'm not it's biggest fan as a place to visit I do adore Morecambe Bay. For the best views I head up to Arnside, 20 minutes North. Time it right with the tides & there's a wonderful walk out along the estuary over miles of flat, glistening sand. Then heading up Arnside Knott for the breath taking views of The Bay with the Lakeland Hills beyond. Then it's fish & chips for supper hopefully infront of a magical sunset.