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Canal side pub with home cooked food served 12PM-9PM every day. Up to 13 cask ales, two rotating craft beers plus fresh ground coffee and and excellent selection of wines by the glass.
PRICE RANGE
£6 - £12
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After seeing some good reviews for Sunday Lunch at The White Cross we decided to try it out. We both ordered roast dinners - I had the striploin of beef and my partner had beef brisket. Both were lovely - probably the best roast dinner...we’ve eaten out. The roast potatoes were crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, and Yorkshire puddings are huge! The service was excellent too - all the staff were very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We always call in at the White Cross if passing through Lancaster. Great range of proper ales and a superior pub menu. Service was a little slow, but it was a busy Saturday, to be fair. My Dad and I enjoyed exceptional sausages and mash...and washed it down with a Northern Monk IPA. We love the location by the canal too. We'll be back, Jack!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a lovely Sunday Roast lunch with all the trimmings. Lean Roast beef red & white cabbage, carrot parsnip, mash and roast potatoes & gravy . Very tasty My grandson had Tempura Prawns and a Brownie with icecream too!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food. However, they are not a friendly dog welcome as they advertise, I booked a table on the bar and I didn't have a service table as I had been told on the phone. The manager told me, you can leave your dog in...the car if you want a service table.. unacceptable. Thanks to the general manager who seems a nice person but in general, our experience was awful.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Tim Tomlinson, Owner at The White Cross, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

This is a holding reply. Dear olgaangulojudez Thank you for your review and I am sorry for your upset at the confusion during your recent visit to our pub. I shall investigate further and reply in full, but in the meanwhile I can confirm we...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was honestly the best experience I have ever had in a restaurant. The staff were lovely and attentive. The food was flawless and on par with Michelin star food I’ve had in the past for a fraction of the price. It is such a...lovely building with amazing sensory. I would highly recommend visiting. I will definitely be returningMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

THE BEST SUNDAY ROAST EVER. Absolutely delicious. Excellent meal. Helpful, thoughtful staff. Great atmosphere. We’ve been many times and it never disappoints. Dog friendly; they love it too, they get a bowl of water and treats 😊

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the White Cross last night for my Nephew's 30th Birthday Party. A large family party. The service was first class and the food was amazing . We had preorderd and we all got served together . Everyone enjoyed their meal.. The hotpot...was delicious and the creme Brule which I had was so good The staff were extremely friendly and helpful whilst being very professional. The gentleman and young lady whom looked after us all evening were the best.They deserve a pat on the back and all credit to them .Very well organised and nothing was to much trouble. We will definitely be back. Most enjoyable evening was had by all.Thank you.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 31 December 2023

Excellent food, lovely atmosphere, the service was with a smile and Mia and Athina were helpful and so polite.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 1 December 2023 via mobile

Came here for a Christmas work meal, everything was perfect from start to finish. I had the truffled celeriac soup, very moorish! The beef brisket was to die for, so moist! And very large portions, I didn't have room for dessert! But I had room...for beer! Excellent range, particularly the bitter and twisted! Service from Harley, Morgan and Graham were exceptional. I will be visiting again.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 17 November 2023 via mobile

Friendly helpful and professional staff gave us time to look at the menu had a short wait for the food as it was made fresh my mum didn’t like the mushy peas would definitely recommend it

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 13 November 2023 via mobile

The best Sunday lunch I have had in a long long time. The food was excellent. And large. Only bettered by the service which was exemplary. And good value too. Only shame is I had no room to test the puddings (or starters). 10/10

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 28 October 2023 via mobile

Lovely menu, delicious food (very generous portions), friendly staff and fast service. We were allowed to take our dog into the bar area and he was given a bowl of water and some snacks free of charge!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 22 October 2023

The White Cross pub, nestled along the serene Lancaster canal, was once a treasured spot in the heart of the city. However, its undeniable charm has faded over time, making room for disappointment and higher prices. First and foremost, the canal side location remains the...White Cross' saving grace. The picturesque view of the boats calmly gliding by, complemented by the quaint outdoor seating area, still holds some allure. During the day, especially in fair weather, it can be a pleasant spot to relax and enjoy a drink. Regrettably, the pub has experienced a notable fall from grace in recent years. Its decline is most apparent when considering the quality of its beer selection. The once wide assortment of local and craft brews has been exchanged for a limited and unimaginative range, which is particularly disappointing for beer enthusiasts. Furthermore, the prices have skyrocketed without any corresponding improvement in quality, leading to an overall feeling of being overcharged. The interior decor, although attempting a rustic vibe, now feels tired and worn-out. The ambiance lacks the warmth it once had, and the pub has become more of a stopover for a quick drink rather than a cozy place to unwind. Staff members often seem overwhelmed and preoccupied, resulting in lacklustre service and a diminished sense of hospitality. In terms of food, the White Cross fails to live up to its former reputation. The menu offers a mediocre selection of dishes, and the quality and presentation have obviously suffered. Food arrives lukewarm or overcooked, leaving customers with a sense of dissatisfaction. It is disheartening to witness the decline of a once-beloved establishment like the White Cross. While its canal side location still manages to evoke a sense of tranquility, the pub's shortcomings are difficult to overlook. Instead of preserving its reputation as a top-tier destination, the White Cross has become an underwhelming choice with overpriced drinks and lacklustre service. Hopefully, steps will be taken to revitalize this once-great pub and restore it to its former gloryMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Tim Tomlinson, Owner at The White Cross, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2023

Dear Williams V Thank you for your detailed review. I am very sorry that you feel the White Cross is not up to its historically high standards. As a small independent business we try our hardest to offer the best range of drinks, food and...More

Reviewed 19 September 2023

Came in as a family and thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Food excellent, great selection of ales and beers and staff were professional, helpful and friendly. Definitely be back!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Tim Tomlinson, Owner at The White Cross, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2023

Thank you very much for your review . We are very glad you enjoyed it and look forward to seeing you soon.

Reviewed 10 September 2023

The dinner was perfect and or servers Harley & Alice were fab Definitely recommend Beef pink to perfection

Date of visit: September 2023
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Tim Tomlinson, Owner at The White Cross, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2023

Thank you very much for your review . We're glad you enjoyed it. I shall pass on your comments to Harley and Allis.

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Vikki R
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Response from Mike H | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I seem to recall there was a dog inside but couldn't swear to it I'm afraid,may be worth a phone call?
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Response from richardtX2693MY | Reviewed this property |
We took a gluten intolerant, but I would certainly check re Coeliac. As the previous response the staff are very helpful and friendly and I’m sure would be delighted to help.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4