Quirkily elegant, canal-side townhouse offering top Lancashire produce
At a glance
AA Pick of the Pubs
Open all year
Right in the centre of the city, this listed 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 period features can be seen everywhere, from the listed staircase to the stained-glass windows. The atmosphere is quirkily elegant, and the kitchen team prepare all the food on the premises; seasonal menus make the most of excellent Lancashire produce. Situated next to the Lancaster Canal, the pub is the ideal place from which to explore the county.