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Cosy inn, housed in a building with character
The Stork Inn (Lancaster)
Member Name: cheffrey
The Stork Inn (Lancaster)
Advantages: Good food and ale on offer
Disadvantages: Inaccessible, pricey dessert menu
Situated on the way to Glasson Dock, The Stork is an old (18th century?) building, attractively quirky in appearance with bulging walls and odd angles and whitewashed all over. It is easy to get to by car, with a big carpark on site, but not really accessible from the nearest town (Lancaster) by public transport or foot, being just a bit too far for a comfortable walk.
The interior is of the "cosy pub" style, with low ceilings, recessed seating areas and an extended dining area. The bar of the inn offers a range of drinks, including several draught ales, which are well kept. Spirits and wines are also available, with a separate wine list with some choice bottles listed.
Where the place does really well though is with the food menu. They serve food throughout the day, and have an inventive specials board which is swapped round regularly. The prices are reasonable and what you would expect of a pub food menu, at around 7 - 9 pounds for main meal, pushing a bit more for steaks and the like. They have a limited range of vegetarian options, but these are refreshingly different and inventive (artichoke and mushroom risotto?!). The service is pretty quick, even on busy days, and all the food is freshly prepared on the premises (no frozen/microwaved Wetherspoons garbage)- the chips are superb! As with most menus, desserts are overpriced though, and I rarely choose them.
The staff are polite and friendly, and the place has a good family-freindly atmosphere, but is also a good place to stop for a pint with friends, especially by the open fireplace in winter! A good little spot, with good food, just a bit inaccessible from the city.
Summary: Good place to visit by car
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