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The Old Bell Coffee House

Bashful Alley | LA1 1LF, Lancaster, England
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (2 reviews)
“cakes” (10 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly
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Bashful Alley | LA1 1LF, Lancaster, England
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Reviews (86)
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Ordered two all-day breakfasts at 2.30 pm (ish), but was informed that we were too late. They turn their burners off in the afternoon apparently. Ended up with beans on toast and scrambled egg on toast, neither of which was anything to write home about....More

Thank Jules E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I were looking for a place to dine and we literally almost tripped over the sign at the end of an alley. We knew it must have been a sign to find it. This was my last day of my visit in...More

1  Thank Patricia F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

1  Thank Rob M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Miren S
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...More

1  Thank sweetpea2020
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
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...More

1  Thank David C
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...More

2  Thank Mandy B
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...More

1  Thank Chowbins
Reviewed 7 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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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