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Golden Ball Hotel


Lancaster Road, Snatchems, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA3 3ER

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Tel: 01524 846 271

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The Golden Ball at Snatchems, on the bank of the River Lune, has been serving refreshment to travellers since 1650! Cool and refreshing in summer or warm and cheerful in winter, this has long been a place of peaceful sanctuary from a crazy world.

From the mid seventeenth century a hostility has been sited on the edge of the river, some suggest the high tides aided smugglers, other say fishermen used the pub. The local name of snatchems stems from the pressgang days when tall ships set sail from the port of Lancaster they would send a boat over to the pub and make up any short fall in man power from 'Snatching' who they could.

The pub still offers small original snug rooms, real log fire, low oak beams and much more interesting artefacts. Food is served all day from 10am till 8pm, real cask ale and a generous selection of other fine wines and beers are also available.

A large function/dining room has been added in recent times and takes advantage of the views, this room is available for functions and conferences.

Opening Times

Food served - Lunch (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 14:00*
Food served - Dinner (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
Monday - Sunday18:00 - 20:00*


Snack menu served 2pm till 6pm Daily

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018


Road Directions

The new motorway road link from the M6 J34 to Heysham has cut down travel time immensely, cutting a 30min journey to a 6min journey. Exit the M6 at J34, head for Morecambe/Heysham. Follow the road to a major traffic light junction this shows left to Lancaster, right to Morecambe and straight on to Heysham. Go straight on, you will see the Golden Ball Hotel on 'Tourist Signs' at the first roundabout. From the M6 motorway J34 to the Golden Ball Hotel should take no longer than 10 minutes.

Public Transport Directions

The nearest train station is a small area called bare, other than this both Morecambe and Lancaster train stations are of equal distances. Taxies are available from all railway stations at local rates, presently £8 -£10.

Buses are available from Lancaster and Morecambe to the supermarket ASDA which is a 15min walk from the Golden Ball Hotel, locally known as Snatchems.



  • Cater For Vegetarians

Children & Infants

  • Accept Children All Ages

Establishment Features

  • Available For Wedding Receptions
  • Conference Facilities
  • Garden/patio for guests' use
  • Real Log Fires

Parking & Transport

  • Coaches Welcome
  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • Delta accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Switch accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside
  • Seafront
  • Unique venue
  • Waterfront

Travel & Trade

  • Packed lunches available
  • Room/unit allocations available

Venue Facilities

  • WiFi available



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