I am a freelance writer born in Johannesburg now living in Melbourne. I love travelling and have lived in London and Taipei as well as travelling in and around South Africa. I have a great interest in exploring and love to share my finds with others.
Published September 3rd 2013
Wine and dine at the Water Witch
Along the beautiful Lancaster canal is the award winning Water Witch that was first converted into the pub it is today in 1978. The pub is located just five minutes from the centre of the picturesque town of Lancaster.
This gorgeous establishment is accessible either side of the canal via a ramp or by crossing the lovely stone bridge. The Water Witch offers both indoor seating and outdoor picnic-style tables that sit directly on the canal.
On this occasion my guests and I chose to sit indoors, opting for the casual bar stool tables next to the bar. The view of the water is still easily seen from inside but in addition you get to admire the wood and stone interior of the building itself.
The Water Witch offers food service Monday through Friday from 12.00pm - 9.00pm, Saturday from 12.00am - 9.30pm and Sundays from 12.00am - 8.00pm. There is also a weekend breakfast menu available from 10.30am - 12.00pm.
Famous for cheese, the Water Witch offers deli platters starting from £8.95 from three items that are served with bread, pickles and chutney. Cheese choices include Lancashire blue, Wensleydale and cranberry (a personal favourite), smoked Lancashire, chilli cheese (good for those who enjoy things a little spicy), and Sandhams creamy Lancashire, to name a few.
The remainder of the menu is classic style gastropub food. Choose from fish and chips various ways, curry, burgers, salads and sandwiches.
Our party chose the Lancastrian burger that came topped with creamy Lancashire cheese, red onion, a small salad, chutney and chips for £9.25. The burger was extremely juicy, 'meaty' and filling. The cheese was a perfect accompaniment and locally sourced. We also ordered the hot smoked salmon that arrived with new potatoes, a whole grain mustard, poached chicken's egg and a variety of salad greens. The salmon was moist and worked very well with the grain mustard. A squeeze of lemon completed the dish. The ale-battered haddock came with a generous serve of chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce that was said to be homemade. The fish too was a generous serve and was said to be perfectly flaky beneath the delicious crisp batter. Lastly we had the soup of the day (£3.95), which happened to be a yummy pumpkin soup, which was thick and creamy minus the cream! This came served with a huge hunk of fresh bread.