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Quirkily elegant, canal-side townhouse offering top Lancashire produce

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Beer festival
Open all year
Free Wi-Fi

Right in the centre of the city, the listed Toll House Inn was once a Corporation Toll House. Demolished in 1901, it was then rebuilt as two separate pubs, which Thwaites Brewery joined together again in 2007 to create a grand 28-room inn with a bar. Its wonderfully high ceilings make it feel light and modern, although retained period features can be seen everywhere, from the listed staircase to the servant bell hooks, and from the stained-glass windows to the unusual listed wardrobe in one of the bedrooms. The atmosphere is quirkily elegant, with wooden floors throughout, modern yet cosy furniture in the bar area and a stylish, contemporary feel in the bedrooms. The kitchen team prepare all the food on the premises; served all day, their seasonal menus make the most of the excellent Lancashire produce that’s available right on their doorstep. Interestingly on the menu, the Thwaites beer sommelier has identified some dishes that can be paired perfectly with beer. Toll House Inn is situated next to the Lancaster Canal so it’s the ideal place from which to explore the county and its rich history.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 9am to midnight
  • Lunch: all week 11.30-9
  • Dinner: all week 11.30-9

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: 13 Guns and Original, Hawkshead Lakeland Gold, Tirril Old Faithful
  • Real ciders: Kingstone Press, Aspall

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival, October
  • Cider festival, October


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu

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