We tried the new tapas bar that could transform Lancaster City Centre

There’s a new Tapas lounge in Lancaster and since it has arrived, I’ve been extremely excited about the future of Lancaster City Centre.

Hear me out, Lancaster is full of ridiculously good independent restaurants and cafes, but since BHS left Market Street the square has felt a little bare.

The rivalry between an evening out in Preston or an evening in Lancaster was quite clear before, but now, thanks to the arrival of Gallico Lounge I am so excited about the future of Lancaster City Centre.

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Gallico Lounge, now on Market Street, is an informal lounge with all-day food menus which have something for everyone to eat in or takeaway.

When Gallico Lounge say they have something for everyone, they are not lying. At the door a staff member asked if there were any allergies or dietry requirement in my one-person party and provided me with the appropriate menu.

They have a general food menu, gluten free menu, vegan menu, kids menu and drinks menu.

Their menus include Brunch, Sandwiches, Mains, Burgers, Salads, Tapas, Sides, Puddings and cakes.

As well as this impressive range, they have several deals on most days.

There’s a Breakfast Club which runs from Monday to Friday until midday, which sees the Lounge or Veggie Breakfast and a hot drink for just £8.35.

They also have a Soup of the Day (£4.75), Lunchtime Deal from midday to 5pm which includes a mug of soup and half a panini (£4.95).

On Cheeky Mondays you can buy any burger or main and get a glass of wine or any pudding for free.

Tuesdays are for Tapas Tuesdays which start at 5pm and get you three tapas dishes, including Salt and Pepper Squid and Sticky Asian Chicken Wings, as well as a glass of house wine for £10.95.

Whilst the good deals are endless, it was the interior of Gallico Lounge that really took me away. I knew the old BHS was big, but Gallico Lounge is huge and it is stunning.

The interior is chic and casual, with framed photographs and beautiful fancy lights on the ceiling. It really is nothing like anything presently in Lancaster. It was like the set of the Central Perk cafe in Friends, and I immediately wanted to bring my own friends to Gallico Lounge to have a coffee and talk and relax.

The veggie breakfast at Gallico Lounge
The veggie breakfast at Gallico Lounge

I was taken to a table at the back and told I could either via their ‘scan and order’ QR code or go up to the bar.

I decided that I would take advantage of their brunch order and got a veggie breakfast and filter coffee for £8.35.

Let me tell you, I was in and out of Gallico Lounge in 40 minutes – the service was fast and the staff were lovely.

The veggie breakfast consisted of Halloumi and sweetcorn fritters, greens and peppers, hash browns, baked beans, slow-roasted tomato, button mushrooms fried egg and toast.

My favourite breakfast item, ever, is a hash brown – so usually, a good breakfast or brunch is determined by the size and taste of them. But not at Gallico Lounge. I am still stunned that the Halloumi and sweetcorn fritters overshadowed my beloved Hash Browns but there we go – that is the truth – the veggie breakfast was immense and the hash browns weren’t even the best part.

If you’re wondering if Gallico Lounge is worth visiting, I would say absolutely yes.

Pop in, sit down on one of their lovely sofas, order a coffee and browse the menu – I’d be surprised if something didn’t take your fancy.

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