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The Butcher & Tonic

City Centre · European, British · ££££
20 Reviews

About The Butcher & Tonic

The Butcher and Tonic is a new bar and restaurant that serves up amazing steaks and a huge selection of gin varieties in the heart of Lancaster. Found just a stone’s throw from Lancaster Castle, the main rail station and St Nicholas Arcades, The Butcher and Tonic is close to the city’s main attractions and sights. The restaurant is located in the upper floor of The Butcher and Tonic and serves incredibly juicy steaks cooked to your liking, as well as British-inspired mains like baked cod, crispy pork belly and rolled shoulder of lamb. Downstairs, you’ll find a fully functioning bar complete with over 80 gins and 11 tonics, all served by experienced bartenders who know a thing or two about making a cocktail. This city centre hotspot is known to stay busy, so book ahead of time to snag a table.

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The Butcher & Tonic
Church Street, City Centre
Lancaster LA1 1ET

Opening Times

Open now - Closes at 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Chef's Choice



Goats Cheese Boudin

with smoked beetroot and honey dressing

Seared Beef Fillet Carpaccio

with a truffle mayonnaise, fresh shoots and brioche croutes

Salmon and Prawn Roulade

served with fresh thai green salsa


Mixed Grill

Rump steak, gammon steak, 2 lamb cutlets, sausage, black pudding and egg

Baked Cod

with bubble and squeak, seasonal greens and sunblush tomato and caper butter

Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto

with rocket and parmesan shavings


Hot Chocolate Fudge Sundae


Trio of Meringue


Creme Caramel


20 The Butcher & Tonic Reviews

Elizabeth B.a day ago · 1 review

Delicious steaks cooked to perfection. My husband had the T bone & I had the sirloin. Fabulous quality meat! My only comment would be that the peppercorn sauce could be a bit thicker. As non-gin drinkers, the bar staff could recommend gins to suit our tastes & our drinks were absolutely lovely! We’ll definitely be back.

Jennifer G.a month ago · 1 review

We we're greeted by bar staff in a friendly manner and offered drinks and then asked did we want to go upto our table or stay downstairs. We our meal which came to our table in extra quick time, maybe this was because the restaurant was not full. We did notice that they had more than enough waiting on staff. The meal was lovely and the desert aswell. The upstairs tables and chairs could have a bit more character about them to match the building. The floor maybe something to make it less noisy. Meat cooked to perfection and.vegtables not overcooked. Can't wait to go back.

Tracey W.a month ago · 4 reviews

Great steaks good service. 4 meals all cooked as they were requested and served hot and with sides as ordered. Would definitely go back. Well priced too

Janice L.2 months ago · 1 review

Best steak in Lancaster, great desserts and an amazing gin selection. We will definitely be back again soon. I had the 9oz fillet steak, it was absolutely huge and so tender.

Sarah S.2 months ago · 1 review

Having visited here a few times when it was 'church street chop house' we were quite disappointed with the service. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary. When we arrived we were asked what we would like to drink, when we said we would like the wine list, the bar tender's response seemed that of surprise and disappointment at the same time - maybe everyone who comes here now always has a g&t. The wine list was limited but we chose a bottle of red. When the waitress brought it to our table she just put the bottle down unopened with two glasses and walked off! What happened to asking if you would like to taste it and pouring each glass? We ordered just mains as we didn't fancy anything on the starters, it was a shame there were no appetitizers, bread and olives etc. I asked for my chicken kebab with salad and a side order of fries. What I got was a kebab and a plate full of fries and a very small side salad. Presentation of the food wasn't the best. It looked like something I could throw together at home. My husband enjoyed his steak, which at £25 is a good job. We didn't order desert as they seemed very small when we saw other tables being served. Our main problem was getting hold of any service.. think everyone was too involved in the quiz downstairs. In the end we had to go down stairs to pay the bill at the bar! Think this place is now so focussed on its Gin that it has forgotten about its food offering. Shame as we used to live it here.

aaron d.3 months ago · 1 review

Excellent food and the best selection of gins in the bar. Nice atmosphere as the place hasn't tried to squeeze in to many tables. We had a large table of 14 stag do next to us and it was no bother at all and not to noisy. I would definitely eat here again if visiting Lancaster. Spot on!

Kay R.2 months ago · 1 review

What you get at Butcher & Tonic is delicious food and good service. I thoroughly enjoyed my steak and the cheesecake I had for dessert. I appreciate that they did not clutter the table with fake flowers or candles, but it would have been nice to have coasters for the glasses. This is definitely not my last visit to this restaurant. I highly recommend it.

hannah m.3 months ago · 1 review

Excellent food. All beautifully cooked and presented. Service great too. Restaurant upstairs has fantastic windows and chandeliers with lovely photos of the area from the old days on the walls. Great selection of gin but we were driving so need to go back on a weekend.

George F.2 months ago · 1 review

A reasonably good meal, with friendly and efficient service. The only negative is that the 'starters' are rather expensive. Leek and Potato soup priced at £6 is way 'over the top'. The bar stocks a very extensive range of small batch gins at reasonable prices.

Stephanie E.2 days ago · 1 review

On arrival we were offered gin tastings which was very pleasant. The young man serving the gin was friendly and knowledgeable. We were shown to our table and first thoughts of the room was austere. It felt more like a cafe than a restaurant. There was quite a wait for our food although the place was only half full. The meal was extremely disappointing. My duck was ok but the mess of vegetables it was served on was cold and tasteless. My partner had baked fish which was totally tasteless and because of this really didn't bother with the large potato mass and greens. Sorry but we won't be returning.

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