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The Whale Tail

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78A Penny Street, Lancaster LA1 1XN, England
+44 1524 845133
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I have visited whale tail several times when I've been in Lancaster. Although I'm not vegetarian, I love their food. The staff are are good, but always busy it's usually quite full. Food is excellent with a good choice. I would say give it a try, it's well worth it.

Thank Ginny B
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Dropped in to Lancaster for the first time and parked up near the centre, hidden away behind a whole food shop is this little gem! Soup was amazing and mains arrived super quick at 13.30 on a weekday! All very tasty and pretty good value, quirky art on the walls and a great attic space that was warm on a... More 

Thank JandJareTravelling
Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Another lovely breakfast for us all, while visiting my student daughters. They opted for the vegan breakfast, and I really enjoyed the scrambled egg with mushrooms, which was delicious. We then came back for cakes and coffee. Excellent food, pleasant surroundings. The One Step shop next door is also great for fruit and veg, bread, and generally healthy and ethical... More 

Thank Fenella B
Various UK locations
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a bit bohemian (good), it's vegetarian (good) and the food is always lovely. There is a wide choice of interesting dishes, with tasty vegan choices too. There's an organic health food co-operative downstairs.

Thank TheNokes
St Helens, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every time I visit Lancaster, I have to try the Whale tail. Despite one previously disappointing experience, the chickpea curry and date and apple cake were absolutely delicious. Their salads and cakes are amazing and next time I go , I intend to buy some takeout food and bring it home. A very happy customer.

Thank Juniper01032014
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

Love this place, the food is all wholesome , obviously vegetarian and vegan, but as a meat eater I found the food delicious and i actually really enjoyed it. The staff are great and it's a fantastic place to read a paper and grab a breakfast or lunch. Hidden away up an alley it's difficult to find but really worth... More 

Thank tcampapril
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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217 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Been here a few times over the years. As usual busy, quickly managed to locate a table before ordering from the menu - good range of items on the menu and specials board. Settled on the soup...both arrived in good time; although one warm and the other cold. Sent back the cold soup and quickly sorted. Tables quickly cleared and... More 

Thank Richard C
England, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

What a find! tucked away, but so worth the effort. Fantastic clean, fresh vegetarian and vegan food. Perfectly balanced meals that taste delicious. Good sized portions beautifully presented. The burgers and salads are all excellent. Great for coeliacs as well, as many dishes either are GF or can be made so. Their GF breads was the best ever. Be prepared... More 

Thank HelloElHierro
Inverness, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

I had the chickpea burger, salad and fries, with garlic (vegan) mayonnaise on the side. Lovely, large portion! And just look at the cakes - unfortunately I was too stuffed to have any this time. Also visit the health food shop downstairs if you need any staples while you're in town.

Thank radiocaz
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

I love the Whale Tail. I've been making the journey to visit it for a number of years now. The food is consistently good and the services is alwsys plesent. Every time I've been there had always been a new special and they offer a huge range of both gluten free and vegan options; this includes beers, wine etc. This... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 78A Penny Street, Lancaster LA1 1XN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Lancashire  >  Lancaster
  • Phone Number: +44 1524 845133

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