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The Old Bell Coffee House

Bashful Alley, Lancaster LA1 1LF, England
+44 1524 36561
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“hash browns” (2 reviews)
“cake” (6 reviews)
“soups” (4 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Bashful Alley, Lancaster LA1 1LF, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I’ve eaten here twice now once for breakfast the other for lunch strangely both involve the consumption of bacon! The food and service on both occasions was very good and I was surprised at one of the previous reviews saying bacon poor as mine was...More

Thank davidmlowe
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can't believe I'm about to cut my ties with Lancaster and I've only just found this little place! Went for a light lunch. I had a bacon, cream cheese and tomato bagel with a flat white coffee. My mum had a cheese and onion toastie...More

Thank tulip35
Reviewed 10 May 2018

This is a nice looking cafe, just off Market Street. I ordered an Americano coffee and a sausage sarnie. The coffee was one of those where they pass a mug of hot water in front of a coffee bean..tasteless. The sarnie was 2 slices of...More

Thank Frankington
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Moved to Lancaster recently and the city itself had a shortage of cute independent cafes which offers a range of foods... luckily I stumbled across this place and have eaten here at least 3 times now and have never been disappointed. The breakfasts are fab...More

Thank Colin R
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Welcoming staff in this very busy small café. Order taken promptly and served in good time. Food varied from excellent to just about average with the bacon and sausage showing signs of being cooked earlier and kept warm before serving. However ham and eggs were...More

Thank NWCouple
Reviewed 26 March 2018

I went here when I was on a short trip to Lancaster. The very friendly waitress brought my 2 1\2 y.o. grandson a game to play with, then asked if I wanted an extra plate for him. When it came, it was beautifully presented with...More

Thank 30Sal
Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

Cannot believe I never knew of this place when I lived in Lancaster. Came back for a uni reunion weekend and dropped into this hidden gem for breakfast on Saturday morning. The place was busy which we took as a good sign. Staff were polite...More

1  Thank GeographyJon
Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

Visited twice now 5 star food. Especially the breakfasts. Very accommodating friendly staff! Child friendly = major brownie points from this mummy! Couldn’t recommend more! Will definitely be coming again on our next Lancaster trip!

1  Thank Sarah S
Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

Visited today after reading the reviews on trip advisor and was really impressed, breakfast was lovely and not greasy at all we both thoroughly enjoyed it and may call in on the way home

1  Thank lisalashes2010
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

Excellent in all aspects food,service,cleanliness all to be recommended on the menu especially the soups, brilliant potions never disappoints Keep it up must be best in town

1  Thank Alison D
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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
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
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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