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The Old Bell Coffee House

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Bashful Alley | LA1 1LF, Lancaster, England
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On a first visit to Lancaster we stumbled upon this cafe down a quiet and quaint alley. First class salad and a nice quiet and relaxed atmosphere. Fresh roses in the loo. Good value for money. After we'd paid one of the waitresses even caught up with me with a free wrapped up scone as my wife had been spotted... More 

Thank Rob M
London, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is one of those hidden gems in lancaster that is a proper cafe. The people are lovely here and the food is great! We normally come for breakfast and it's busy enough for a good morning atmosphere. I

Thank Miren S
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

My husband & I visit every week preferring a " proper" little cafe instead of the larger named ones which tend to have no personal touch to them.. The Old Bell is always very clean, the food which is very good is served quickly and the staff are very pleasant ,efficient and friendly., .All in all a lovely little cafe... More 

1 Thank sweetpea2020
Kendal, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

My friend and I wanted somewhere for lunch but didn't want a fast food place, we found this wonderful cafe down an alley (called Bashful Alley) and were suitably impressed, service was quick, food delicious will definitely go back there

1 Thank Tarasmum79
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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189 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

I love the fact that this café is tucked away in a little alley and you have to look to find it. It serves great food and drinks and the portion sizes for their cakes are generous. It can get very busy at peak times and they really need to move on with the times and accept cards and contactless... More 

1 Thank David C
Morecambe, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Too over crowded and staff appeared rushed. Staff did not listen to order properly therefore did not receive food cooked to requirements as requested. Standard of food below average, unfortunately had to return one of the orders. Staff were very sorry and a replacement was given which was better but would not revisit or recommend.

2 Thank Mandy B
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

We have been to the Old Bell on numerous occasions and it has always been very good especially the bacon sandwiches! I can't comment on anything else as we always have the same making sure they are on toasted white bread, very unhealthy! I am sure everything is to the same standard! The staff are extremely pleasant as are the... More 

1 Thank Chowbins
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45 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

lovely food, nicely priced, the waitress was lovely, very friendly, helpful and pleasant, shame I cant say the same about the manager, never smiled once or even gave us eye contact, seemed quite rude, needs a lesson off the waitress about customer service!!!

1 Thank helen m
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

I loved the warm Ciabatta sandwich with bacon... Breakfast served all day. Good coffee. Locals frequent the place. Mind, cash only!

1 Thank Jaana N
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Come by this in passing on the way to an hospital appointment. Only wanted a drink to pass a little time. Was welcomed at the door and treated 110% Will definitely return here and eat in future 😊 friendly present and welcoming place with a happy and warm atmosphere Thank you

2 Thank travellinggirlie03

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bashful Alley | LA1 1LF, Lancaster, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Lancashire  >  Lancaster

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?