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The Whale Tail

78A Penny Street, Lancaster LA1 1XN, England
+44 1524 845133
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
78A Penny Street, Lancaster LA1 1XN, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been coming to Lancaster for years and never noticed this cafe. Vegetarian food with imagination. It was quite busy but not frantic, staff helpful and accommodating, food very tasty and reasonably priced. It's tucked away down an alley so you have to look for it...More

Thank GailB B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another cafe recommended The Whale's Tail when they were not able to provide a vegan option. My friend and I found it tucked away in a lovely alleyway. She had the vegetable chili and jacket potato and I had the vegetable burger with chips, coleslaw...More

Thank Predencia D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After spending the morning sat in a waiting room at RLI. The whale tail was just what the doctor ordered. A very pleasant surprise awaits you up the stairs. With a lovely atmosphere and great food. We ordered an sat down with our tea. An...More

Thank Gareth b
Reviewed 2 September 2017

Enjoyed the food and the service. Visited 7 years ago on holiday in lakes and remembered how good the food was. In Blackpool visiting Sister and friend i decided to take sister for lunch we both enjoyed the meal .My sister is not a vegan...More

Thank Veganca2017
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

We had a great vegan lunch. It's nice that a place has a V for vegan and not vegetarian. Found out there is a nice out door area at the back as well. Really nice and relaxed atmosphere.

Thank philmatdunn
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Fantastic vegetarian food with a great variety, it has improved immensely in value for money and the atmosphere is fantastic for a little cafe. Great to have a lunch on the go and sit with friends

Thank Amy L
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

My mum and I came here for our lunch on our day trip to lancaster. I did a bit of research before hand as we both have IBS and are sensitive to a lot of things which makes eating out pretty challenging! We arrived just...More

Thank Ema T
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Came here after a parkrun before heading out for a day on the fells. Delicious food! I came with three friends who are not vegetarian but loved the smoked tofu with the full english. Kept us fueled all day - and a lovely atmos. Great...More

Thank Igles
Reviewed 29 July 2017

Called again today. Love this place when up in Lancaster. Gorgeous chilli jacket with whale tail salad. And 4 pieces of their amazing, vegan cake purchased to take away. Lovely!

Thank Juniper01032014
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

Great spacious cafe above the health food shop great space for young toddlers kids, food reasonable and drinks great very relaxing the only criticism is service seems to be on their terms when they deem ready to serve in amongst other jobs however would return...More

Thank Janine W
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 78A Penny Street, Lancaster LA1 1XN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Lancashire  >  Lancaster District  >  Lancaster
  • Phone Number: +44 1524 845133
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