About The Hest Bank

Everything you’d expect from a great local pub

Situated on the bank of the Lancaster Canal in between Carnforth and Morecambe, The Hest Bank Hotel was first licensed to brew beer and sell cooked game in 1544… making it one of the oldest pubs in the area!

Our menus serve the best of traditional pub food. Featuring reworked classic dishes with creative and tasty touches, you owe it to yourself to try one of our delicious meals.

From the bar, you can enjoy our fine selection of cask ales, world lagers, or a tipple from our amazing range of gins, whiskeys, wines and spirits.

Our seating next to the canal ensures that you can enjoy one of our chilled beers or glass of wine during the summer months whilst watching the boats pass by.

The History of the Hest Bank

During the English Civil War, the Inn was occupied by Cromwell’s officers, but later taken by the King’s Men-At-Arms, suffering raids by deserters from Cromwell’s Ironsides.

In 1792, the Innkeeper shot and wounded the famous Highwayman Edmund Grosse, who was later tried and hung at Lancaster Castle. His body was filled with tar and stretched on a gibbet, where it remained on the parish’s Hanging Green Lane for over 2 years.

By 1812, at the height of the coaching trade, a lantern room had been constructed to guide travellers over the sands to the inn, and the stables were extended; they could now hold 16 horses and four drivers, as well as a rescue team for the treacherous Morecambe Crossing.

The inn also served as the meeting place for the Manor Court of Slyne-With-Hest, with most of the inquests and hearing being held at the pub. Its popularity further increased in the 1840s due to the regular hosting of sporting events, such as bare-knuckle boxing and horse racing.

Whilst the 1846 opening of the Furness Railway devastated the coaching trade, it brought a whole new clientele to the inn. In 1890, according to the station master, up to 800 people were arriving at the Hest Bank Station each day.