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The Whale Tail

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78A Penny Street, Lancaster LA1 1XN, England
+44 1524 845133
10:00 - 15:00
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Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Popped in to The Whale Tail for a healthy light lunch with my friend. We both chose form the specials board, I had the chickpea, sweet potato and pepper tagine with lemony cous cous. Beautifully fresh and tasty!!! My friend chose the quiche which she commented was delicious! Friendly staff and it was very busy for a Thursday afternoon.

Thank Caroline B
Knighton, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was an unexpected find on our recent travels and not too far off the motorway. The choice of food is really excellent and good value. Such a welcome change from that which is usually on offer if you are a vegan or vegetarian. We stopped off on our travels north and on our return journey as it was so... More 

Thank Annette S
Worcester, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a pleasant little cafe, tucked away in a courtyard. Access for people who have difficulties with mobility is a problem, as you get to the cafe up a few flights of stairs. It's got a good range of food and it's not too expensive, maybe about £7 for some of the main courses. I've had the vegetarian salad platter... More 

Thank Weasel B
Lancaster, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

We go to the Whale Tail almost every week. Great vegetarian food. Local people and good value for money. But, be warned it fills up very quickly in peak time -- which is a good thing!

Thank Dagwood1975
Lancashire, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The whale tail cafe is above a lovely little health shop and I think the menu is great for vegans and vegetarians and very affordable. The cafe itself is presented rather nicely with fairy lights and lanterns but behind the counter you can see directly into the kitchen...which is filthy. The waiters also appear very greasy and messy and don't... More 

Thank Simplyroseyy
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited this cafe after being recommended by a friend and the host of the air bnb we were staying at. I had the make your own breakfast and it was fresh and tasty, also took home a slice of chocolate chip banana cake with salted caramel drizzle - it tasted as good as it sounds. Food was cheap, the... More 

Thank Alexandra L
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been visiting this place for years and each time return to it as a familiar friend. Such an amazingly friendly place serving homely, comforting vegetarian food. Healthy food can be fun and hearty. Fine falafel and amazingly tasty soup. Can get full on a Saturday traditionally gay friendly and great for kids, though you have to climb lots... More 

Thank Jsailox
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely an alternative place. I had the butter bean & cauliflower korma which was very good. The service was also good. My only gripe is that even though we were seated close to the kitchen, it felt a bit chilly there. Down stairs there is a very well stocked health food store well worth a visit.

Thank Siobhan B
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I have visited whale tail several times when I've been in Lancaster. Although I'm not vegetarian, I love their food. The staff are are good, but always busy it's usually quite full. Food is excellent with a good choice. I would say give it a try, it's well worth it.

Thank Ginny B
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Dropped in to Lancaster for the first time and parked up near the centre, hidden away behind a whole food shop is this little gem! Soup was amazing and mains arrived super quick at 13.30 on a weekday! All very tasty and pretty good value, quirky art on the walls and a great attic space that was warm on a... More 

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