Ambitious restaurant bringing 'something never seen before' to Lancaster high street

The new venture is from the people behind Journey Social

  • 14:27, 22 MAY 2023

Now or Never will be located on Sun Street, home to some of the city's best independent restaurants, coffee shops and traders.

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The team, behind an acclaimed brunch and coffee spot in Lancaster is branching out into fine dining - and bringing something 'never seen before' to its high street.

Journey Social has opened its new venture, Now or Never, in a Grade-II listed building on Sun Street in the core of the city's thriving food scene. Award-winning chef Jeff Marshall and his co-founder Nichola Stock, who also operates as restaurant manager, are joined by head chef Oliver Parry for the ambitious fine dining project. It will see guests enjoy food prepared with the finest Lancastrian and Cumbrian produce.

The contemporary, "hyper seasonal" tasting menu is designed to focus on "nature's larder" in a relaxed city centre space and will constantly change. Now or Never, which follows minimalist brunch spot Kitchen by Journey Social on New Street, opened fully on Friday (May 19).

The team blends together a range of hospitality and cooking experience and expertise. Jeff is a former private chef and a high -end development chef, while Nichola's expertise lies in her passion for service, wine pairing and she is also a keen forager.

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Oliver has designed a sharing menu using his skill and bold flavour combinations. Describing the new dining experience on their website, the team wrote: "Now or Never is unashamed in its aspirations to bring something never seen before to Lancaster City Centre and surrounds. We serve a single multi-course tasting menu, with vegetarian options, which will change in line with the waxing and waning of British seasonality and variety."

"You’re very likely to never see the same menu twice, with Chefs Jeff and Oliver firmly rooted in ensuring hyper-seasonality, variety and creativity across the menu…….. If you see something that you want to eat on our menu, then it really is Now or Never."

The new restaurant joins other independent foodie favourites on Sun Street, including Secret Bistro. and Sun Pizza. To book a table and find out more, click here

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I came here for the first time just before new year with my partners mum and its was just amazing! I had the eggs royale, which was by far the best I've ever had poached eggs were perfectly cooked and the dill hollandaise was 🤤, mother in law had the Turkish eggs and said it was lovely. Staff were really friendly and attentive. The atmosphere was great and the place itself looked really nice. Will 100% be back in the future.

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Food is great, amazing ingredients, service quick and friendly. Great location in the city centre. The only problem is that none of the staff wear face coverings. Wearing face masks and such might help customers (especially the individuals at risk) feeling safer, especially with the UK cases topping 200000 today. Thank you for the consideration :)

Wonderful food and coffee. As the food was delivered to each table it was a feast for the eyes. Great coffee and service. A must visit any time if the year

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The Pear and Raspberry cake is probably the best cake I have ever tasted. Lovely Americano and a really nice ambience. Loved it and I will return for sure

What a fabulous place. Great decor and ambience, welcoming and efficient service and above all very tasty food. I went for the pulled pork. Devine. Sharing a French toast a great way to finish a meal. The best meal I’ve had in a while. Special place.

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First time we have been and thoroughly enjoyed our meal……can’t believe we haven’t been before. Service and staff excellent and food served quite quickly.A bit odd paying before we had eaten but will not deter us from visiting again.Beautiful meal and looking forward to trying other items on menu.

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The food (I had a brunch brioche) was tasty and well presented but the service left much to be desired, especially as one had to pay upfront. That doesn’t feel especially hospitable or welcoming and doesn’t invite one to linger for a coffee, as I had initially intended. Went and had coffee and dessert elsewhere. Shame really.

Best breakfast and brunch menu in town, some great vegan and gluten free options also. Service is always super friendly and the atmosphere is cozy, especially at the front of the cafe; the back of the cafe is a little dark. The bathroom amenities could be fixed up a little bit!

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So highly recommend visiting here! On a busy Saturday pre Christmas our party of seven were seated quickly! Drinks & food orders taken promptly, we didn't wait long for our festive feast to arrive! The food is amazing, presented well along with service from a team that really care!! Nothing was too much of a problem, if ever in Lancaster this is a must to experience!! Thank you & Merry Christmas! 🌲 The Hendersons

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Absolutely love! Will travel just to visit here. Excellent coffee and brunch choices. Great cakes too. Staff are really friendly. I don’t know what you put in your hummus but it’s delicious. Only down side is there’s only one high chair. I always meet a friend here and we both have little ones. We have to swap around. Please get another one or two for all the parents of toddlers visiting. We need our coffee trips more than most!

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Journey Social pair make fine dining debut with Now Or Never

08-Aug-2023 - Last updated on 08-Aug-2023 at 09:19 GMT

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Journey Social pair make fine dining debut with Now Or Never restaurant in Lancaster

Chef Jeff Marshall and his front of house counterpart Nichola Marshall say that Now Or Never has been designed to ‘cleverly challenge the modern British culinary norm by introducing Japanese and Middle Eastern flavours and techniques whilst utilising hyper-local and seasonal British ingredients’.

Seating 20, the restaurant operates evenings-only Thursday to Saturday offering a 10-course menu priced at £80 per person. 

Dishes include fat cow and chive; cod, cockle and salsify; lamb and allium; blood orange and yoghurt; and white chocolate and pistachio.

The restaurant’s name reflects the use of ‘ever-changing hyper-seasonal’ ingredients with suppliers including asparagus from Claremont Farm on the Wirral; strawberries from Annabel’s, Micklefield, Yorkshire; late-season rhubarb from Greenbank Farm, Carnforth, Lancashire; scallops from Orkney; and lamb from the southern Lake District fells. 

The drinks list features wines, beers and spirits from producers from the UK, Europe and further afield, who utilise biodynamic and organic minimal intervention practices. A wine pairing priced at £45 per person is available. 

“We opened the doors of Journey Social five years ago, and we’ve steadily built up a reputation for what we do, delivering exemplary service using the finest quality ingredients,” Jeff says.

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Seeing Lancaster City Museum asks for time and efforts, so if you feel hungry afterwards, come to this restaurant for a good meal. Try good chicken , brioche french toasts and avocado toasts to form your opinion about Journey Social . The tasty blueberry brioche can be eaten here. This place is famous for delicious iced latte , tea or white coffee .

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