The Brasserie by Ben Vandenbrink

4.4
27 reviews
£25 and under
English
A new, informal yet elegant and exciting dining experience by Ben Vandenbrink. Ben’s culinary ethos of keeping it simple, keeping it local and making flavours stand out is reflected in his new menu for The Brasserie. Dean Wood, our Brasserie Manager welcomes you. The Brasserie was the first part of our journey in transforming the Royal Kings Arms Hotel. Now established as a local favourite, the Brasserie has not only received OpenTable’s Diner’s Choice Award, but was recently nominated in the Northern Design Awards. Offering a very special dining experience our chef has brought together the finest locally-sourced ingredients with the best of international cuisine and created mouth-watering menus that cater for all tastes. Delicious Lancashire steak, glorious salads, Sunday Roasts, tasty vegetarian risottos and vegan specialities are lovingly prepared and beautifully presented.

We are part of Eat Out To Help Out Scheme!!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 27 People Are Saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DavidB
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We had a lovely meal although it wasn’t without its hiccups. Firstly, we waited for an hour and 20 minutes for our starter whilst everyone around us (who came in long after us) were having theirs. We told the waiters, we’d simply been forgotten about. We had our starters and they kindly knocked this off our bill. The main came out pretty quickly after that but then they also forgot the sides that we ordered with it (pretty frustrated by now) which took another 10 minutes to come. We didn’t bother with a dessert as we’d been in there a good 2 hours by now. The meal itself was lovely, the waiters / waitresses were apologetic and friendly. The service - well that was s**t shocking.

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samanthah
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a stunning Hotel and the decor is beautiful. The Christmas decorations were up and looked amazing. We went for lunch, three friends for a chat and a catch up. We all agreed that the food was delicious and presented very well. The staff were attentive and polite and looked after us very well. We liked it so much we've decided to go back next month!

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PaulA
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely no complaints really friendly and helpful staff surprised my fiance with a special treat for her birthday

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OpenTable Diner
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely food and staff excellent

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TracyC
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food. Lovely restaurant and beautiful friendly staff. One to keep.A*

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AliceC
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening with fantastic food and great service. Will definitely be back!

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Abc123
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Dissapointing service, lack of hospitality check, main was awful and food was generally overpriced considering portion size, missing elements for sides, poor attempt at an apology/good will at the end and would not recommend to a friend/would not return.

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JoanneG
Lancashire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent food and really good value, all staff friendly and attentive. Sticky toffee pudding was delicious. We will definitely be back soon.

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YvonneM
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was lovely. The food was great and the staff were brilliant going above and beyond to make my partners birthday special

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EEJAY
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way every time we go!! Really attentive and outstanding staff, perfect and different food and the surroundings are extremely cosy. Hidden gem.

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Rebecca
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my sisters loved the food, music and atmosphere.

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HFergs
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was 10/10! Amazing value. We were put in the back room on our own which was nice but lacked atmosphere. Due to being on our own also we had to wait a bit in between to get served. Overall great value and we will be visiting again.

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ColP
Lancashire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Afternoon tea with family and food was delicious . Presented well , decor lovely just a shame we had to ask for our pot of tea and then some scones as they hadn’t been brought to us.

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AnnT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The renovations to The Kings Arms Hotel are a vast improvement. Opening up the ground floor and creating a Brasserie works very well and the new glass additions help flood the ground floor with light, making it a very pleasant area to eat in.
We had lunch and found the menu quite limited - ‘brunch’ options are served, we hadn’t realized this beforehand. However we all enjoyed our food, it was cooked and presented well.
The service was rather slow. We were left for long periods waiting to be attended, initially with our menus waiting to order and again after our main course awaiting desert menus - we had to ask for these.
The staff, however, were pleasant and welcoming.
I think if we return it will be in the evening as the dinner menu looked better.

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SandiH
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Welcome Addition to Lancaster

The perfect venue to meet up for an inexpensive, delicious lunch with a colleague or friend. We’ll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Very nice food and the staff were attentive and welcoming. Thankyou

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SarahS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service, attentive and friendly whilst not over the top. valentines menu was wonderful... nice to try some different dishes, great to have complimentary fizz and cocktail shots, rose and chocolates at the end was a nice touch.

The Brasserie by Ben Vandenbrink
Responded on 24 February 2019

We would like to thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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RebeccaJ
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty and reasonably priced food and drink in a beautiful surroundings

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vipDerbyEater
Derbyshire
5 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The roast cod was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely the staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was great.

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JamesG
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They do a good brunch at the Royal Kings Arms and the service is very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food lovely, service impeccable

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LizM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, luxurious surroundings and reasonable prices. We will be back.

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KimW
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love the place. I’ve been for bottomless brunch with friends and for Sunday lunch with my husband and each time everything is brilliant.
The staff are exceptional.

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PoppyW
Lancashire
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time. The service by Lisa was excellent. The food was beautiful and the portion size was large.

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TonyS
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We went to this restaurant for our anerversry, the food was great as was the service.

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PoppyW
Lancashire
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We were very fortunate to eat in a small dining room which was brilliant for our party of 8 people. The staff were very good. We did not have to wait for anything they were professional and friendly. I would recommend this place as one of the best in Lancaster. Just what Lancaster needs.

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The Brasserie by Ben Vandenbrink is rated 4.4 stars by 27 OpenTable diners.

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