Toll House Inn

“Quirkily elegant, canal-side townhouse offering top Lancashire produce”



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Right in the centre of the city, this listed inn was once a Corporation Toll House. Demolished in 1901, it was then rebuilt as two separate pubs, which Thwaites Brewery joined together again in 2007 to create a grand 28-room inn with a bar. Its wonderfully high ceilings make it feel light and modern, although period features can be seen everywhere, from the listed staircase to the stained-glass windows. The atmosphere is quirkily elegant, and the kitchen team prepare all the food on the premises; seasonal menus make the most of excellent Lancashire produce. Situated next to the Lancaster Canal, the pub is the ideal place from which to explore the county.

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AA Pick of the Pubs
Toll House Inn
Penny Street, LANCASTER, LA1 1XT


About the area

Discover Lancashire

Lancashire was at the centre of the British cotton industry in the 19th century, which lead to the urbanization of great tracts of the area. The cotton boom came and went, but the industrial profile remains. Lancashire’s resorts, Blackpool, Southport and Morecambe Bay, were originally developed to meet the leisure needs of the cotton mill town workers. Blackpool is the biggest and brashest, celebrated for it tower, miles of promenade, and the coloured light ‘illuminations’. Amusements are taken very seriously here, day and night, and visitors can be entertained in a thousand different ways.

The former county town, Lancaster, boasts one of the younger English universities, dating from 1964. Other towns built up to accommodate the mill-workers with back-to-back terraced houses, are Burnley, Blackburn, Rochdale and Accrington. To get out of town, you can head for the Pennines, the ‘backbone of England’, a series of hills stretching from the Peak District National Park to the Scottish borders. To the north of the country is the Forest of Bowland, which despite its name is fairly open country, high up, with great views.

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