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Historic inn with lots to offer

At a glance

Bar menu
Open all year
Kids play area
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

First licensed in 1554, this former coaching inn is awash with history: it was occupied by Cromwell’s officers in the Civil War and was also the haunt of highwaymen. Comedian Eric Morecambe used to drink at the canalside Hest Bank, which offers cask ales and a wide selection of meals, with local suppliers playing an important role in maintaining food quality. The good value menu ranges from traditional pub favourites such as venison and beef cobbler; and flash-fried lamb’s liver, as well as seasonal specials. Enjoy a pint of Black Sheep Best in the terraced garden. Wednesday evening is quiz night, while steak night is every Thursday.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11.30-11.30 (Sunday 11.30-10.30)
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 12-2.30, Saturday 12-9, Sunday 12-8
  • Dinner: Monday to Friday 5-8.30, Saturday 12-9, Sunday 12-8

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Marston's Wainwright, Black Sheep Best Bitter, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Thatchers

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Play area available
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From Lancaster take A6 north, after 2 miles left to Hest Bank

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