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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
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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208 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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84 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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78 reviews
62 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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30 reviews
24 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 

1 Thank Jane B
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144 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Simple, friendly and quick service. Simple, tasty and vfm food. Would recommend for any vegetarians visiting Lancaster.

Thank Graham S
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

The food was delicious and well elaborated. Very nice decoration and very good service. Fully recommended

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

The WT changed my life by introducing me to the tofu BLT. I just wish they would stop serving animal secretions now. And also maybe cook their jacket potatoes for a bit longer, but that's secondary. Come on WT!!

Thank oldfruity
Manchester, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

This is the second time we've eaten here, the first time was over 15 years ago and remembered how nice it was, so when we visited Lancaster again, we made a bee line for it. It's very busy, as always when the food is good. We're not vegetarians but love the innovative recipes and meals they serve, which makes a... More 

Thank Deeuuh
Glencoe, United Kingdom
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189 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Been going to the Whale Tail for a long time! Always excellent - good food and drink, friendly staff and a great place to chill out. Lovely wholefood shop downstairs also provides great opportunity to happily spend money! Cant wait to go back. Five stars.

Thank shaggyd0g1

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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
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
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?