A combination of an old, traditional pub - with a flagstone floor and oak settles, and a gastro-pub with a separate dining area. They are recent winners of the Lancashire dining pub of the year; and have the added appeal of their own 'farm' shop nexr door. If booking, ensure you secure a table in the dining room & not in the bar, which can be very bustling - so spoiling your meal!
The menu is seasonal, but a winter snapshot brought 'Roast Bury Black Pudding with Mash and Onion Gravy'; 'Warm Pork & Date Terrine' 'Crispy Salad of Croston Hall Game (Pheasant, Partridge & Duck) and 'Potted Shrimps with Hot Toast' among the starters.
'Shepherds Pie with home-made Pickled Onions'; 'Roast Sea Bass Fillet with Crabmeat and Oriental Vegetables'; 'Braised Ox Tail with Red Wine Sauce with Mashed Potatoes' and 'Roast Breast of Duck with an Orange and Port Sauce' listed among the mains.
There are always a few vegetarian options.
Traditional desserts might include 'Sticky Toffee Pudding'; 'Lemon & Vanilla Crème Brulée with Shortbread Biscuits' and 'Banana and Chocolate Pie'.
Bar snacks are also available.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week; mains about £12-£19
- Dinner: all week; mains about £12-£19
- Wine: a good wine list by pub standards, has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: No
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Parbold
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page - or leave the M6 at junction 27. Go over Parbold Hill, the follow the signs for Bispham Green on the right
- Parking: Yes
- Outside eating