Culinary Itinerary of Lancaster

Treat yourself and dine out on your short break to Lancaster. Lancaster has a great reputation for warmth and hospitality and is home to independent restaurants, cool cafes, stylish bars and unique gastro pubs with a range of different cuisines to whet your pallet. Here is our culinary itinerary of Lancaster, just a helping hand when it comes to choosing where to dine:


Printroom Café

Good coffee, Good Food… Good Morning Lancaster!

Printroom Café & Bar, located in the historic Storey Building is a popular casual eatery with a passion for local, independent and responsibly sourced produce. Open for coffee and cake, casual dining and craft beer; Printroom is the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast. Handcrafted and delicious, Printroom offers a quality coffee selection to satisfy all caffeine connoisseurs – V60, filter or barista style – using delectable beans from Coffee Quarter neighbours, Atkinson’s of Lancaster.

Top pick: Salmon and cream cheese on toasted sourdough

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The Sunbury Coffee House

Serving the finest teas and coffees and open for breakfast. Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere and vintage teapots and cups, the Sunbury Coffee House is the perfect place for any occasion.

Top pick: The Traditional Breakfast

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What better way to enjoy breakfast than with amazing coffee, tasty food served in a casual atmosphere showcasing Lancaster’s finest produce by people who love their jobs.

Top pick: Strawberry Pancakes


Journey Social 

Speciality coffee shop in Lancaster offering the best Lancastrian produce for Brunch and Lunch, with a focus on sustainability and ethical sourcing.

Top pick: Shakshuka Baked Eggs 

The Radish

This independent eatery offers ‘made to order’ sandwiches on proper, locally baked bread, colourful salad boxes full of seasonal goodness, some seriously good soups and a tempting array of cakes! Locally roasted, artisan coffee and a great range of teas available too.

Top pick: Radish Salad Box

The Whale Tail Café

Enjoy a wholesome lunch at the Whaletail café created from the very best vegetarian, vegan and gluten free fresh, seasonal local produce. Established over 25 years ago The Whaletail café is the perfect place to sit back and relax during your lunch break in Lancaster.

Top pick: Spicy Bean Burger with relish

The Borough

The Borough is the perfect vibrant establishment to enjoy excellent food and drink set in beautiful city centre surroundings. This inviting pub restaurant is great for an informal lunch during your stay in Lancaster. The Borough offers ‘School Dinners’ Monday- Saturday 12pm-6:30pm where you can choose from a select menu for a reduced price.

Top pick: The Borough Bomb Burger


 Spaghetti House

A family run business offering a relaxed atmosphere whilst serving high quality a la carte Italian and Mediterranean food. Even better it is open 7 days a week and has a daily ‘happy hour’ where a large range of dishes are just £5.95.

Top pick: Traditional Lasagne

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The White Cross

The White Cross is situated in a refurbished cotton mill warehouse which was part of the old Storey’s Cotton Mill that was built next to Lancaster’s main canal. With its canal side seating The White Cross is the perfect place to have your evening meal during your stay in Lancaster. You may be tempted to stay there for the evening as they offer up to 20 different rotating beers each week all come from breweries less than 40 miles away.

Top pick: Slow Roasted Pork Belly


The Hall

J Atkinson & Co – Coffee roasters and tea merchants since 1837 opened the former Priory Hall next door to their tea and coffee emporium on China Street, serving syphon coffee and lever espresso along with freshly baked cakes and delicious desserts. They also serve savoury food and alcohol during the day and until 21.30 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with live music on Saturdays from 9pm.

Top pick: Prototype Espresso


Fancy a tipple? Head to Lancaster’s new boutique Cocktail Bar in the heart of the city centre. Passionate about quality spirits, wines and beers.

Top pick: rhubarb & elderflower fizz

Merchants 1688

A historic cellar restaurant and bar set in a 300 year old former wine merchants offering a selection of wines from the new world, cask ales from Britain’s best local brewers and a great selection of craft beers.

Top pick: FLF5 Coffee Coconut Porter 

Find the full list of Lancaster’s Food and Beverage establishments here.