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, 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.