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The Old Bell Coffee House

Bashful Alley, Lancaster LA1 1LF, England
+44 1524 36561
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“cakes” (7 reviews)
“soup” (5 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Bashful Alley, Lancaster LA1 1LF, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Friendly staff, lovely breakfast. My partners BLT looked good too. Not that many traditional cafes left in lancaster but I can see why this one is busy every time I visit.

Thank Fiona2276
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very rude waitress. Used to come as a child with my Mum so decided to take my mum as a treat on Saturday afternoon. The waitress was extremely rude when I was paying for our drinks. I will never ever go back there again and...More

3  Thank Travel10961661103
Maps37393095152, Owner at The Old Bell Coffee House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I can only apologise that your experience of our café on Saturday 3 November 2018 was not to your satisfaction. All our staff are experienced and trained and have worked in the customer service sector for many years. All our staff are trained to deal...More

Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Best lunch in town! All five family members happy- not an easy feat. Used to come here from school , still as atmospheric. Loved it. Just remember cash only so you are not disappointed. Like the good old days 😁

2  Thank Rachel H
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Very accommodating for 6 of us at busy time. Scrummy sarnies and soup, left 2 of our party who aren’t good on lots of walking whilst we did the castle, they were well looked after for about 2 hours! Very friendly staff. Will be back!

2  Thank Dillydots
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

This is a lovely place for breakfast. I went with my family and we were met with a smile. The food is lovely and fresh. I had their breakfast and it was delicious. The rest of my family enjoyed their food too. Which ranged from...More

1  Thank janet h
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

Love this little cafe, food is great quality, fast service and nice environment. Recommend the club sandwich 👍🏻

1  Thank JTurver
Reviewed 13 August 2018

We passed "Bashful Alley" and thought we wanted to see what was down there. Found the Cafe by complete fluke! Quick and welcoming staff. Good BLT and nice leaf tea. Can recommend.

1  Thank Conny J
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

Visited this cafe after reviewing on tripadvisor. Would not have found it otherwise, hidden down an alley. First observation was how clean the cafe appeared. Nice and quiet when we visited. Friendly staff, BLT and cappuccino- perfect. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank mikec244
Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

We love the Old Bell and at peak times you may not get a table. The food is lovely and the staff are friendly and welcoming. The Old Bell offers table service, which I like. The only downside is that it doesn’t take credit/debit cards.

Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed a very nice breakfast at the old bell, everything including the poached eggs were cooked perfectly, and they also serve up a great pot of tea, just what you want after a good night out in Lancaster, only wish we'd visited at the start...More

Thank PhilA514
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Ian P
25 April 2018|
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Response from Alison D | Reviewed this property |
Sorry its took me so long to answer, would say Yes,staff would make room for you,as they have person centred approach to all. You would be better using entrance from King Street side as other entrance is only small alleyway.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bashful Alley, Lancaster LA1 1LF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Lancashire  >  Lancaster District  >  Lancaster
  • Phone Number: +44 1524 36561
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