Fine manor house with smartly pubby atmosphere, top quality food, exceptional wine list, real ales and professional, friendly service; luxury bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
As our readers constantly tell us, this is a special place and a first-class all-rounder. Many of them stay overnight in the lovely bedrooms (several have open fires) and they also have a self-catering holiday house. It's an elegant and civilised old manor house; the bar rooms have handsome old wood furnishings, including antique settles, oak gate-leg tables and sonorous clocks, set off beautifully against powder blue walls neatly hung with big appealing prints. The pubby main bar has roaring log fires in attractive stone fireplaces and heavy curtains on sturdy wooden rails; one area has a selection of newspapers and magazines, local maps and guidebooks. There's a piano for anyone who wants to play, and board games. The view from the riverside bar and adjacent terrace is idyllic. Early evening sees a cheerful bustle that later settles to a more tranquil and relaxing atmosphere. Drinks include a marvellous wine list of around 230 wines with 17 by the glass (reception has a good wine shop), 24 whiskies, eight gins, organic ginger beer, lemonade and fruit juices and Bowland Hen Harrier, Moorhouses Blond Witch, Timothy Taylors Landlord and a guest beer on handpump. They own several miles of trout, salmon and sea trout fishing on the River Hodder; picnic hamper on request.
Good Pub Guide Food
Excellent food using the best local, seasonal produce includes lunchtime sandwiches, potted crab with cucumber pickle and avocado purée, chicken satay salad with carrot and mangetout, roasted sesame seeds and crispy onions, gnocchi with spinach, vine tomatoes and red onions and parmesan topping, cumberland sausages and champ with fried egg, goosnargh corn-fed chicken with celeriac purée, baby onions and smoked bacon jus, bass fillet with goats cheese and spinach couscous, crushed tomatoes and harissa, and puddings such as lemon cheesecake with blackcurrant compote and plum and almond tart with crème anglaise.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar, Dogs Bedrooms