A top-class foodie pub (probably about 400 years old), with marvellous views over the Ribble Valley, under the ownership of nearby Northcote Manor (q.v.).
Although still a proper 'pub', frequented by locals, the excellent food is more and more the raison d'être.
The menu puts provenance well and truly to the fore - almost to the point where you know which field items were reared or grown in.
Food is both traditional and robust, so expect the likes of 'Treacle-baked free-range Middlewhite Garstang Ribs, Devilled Black Peas'; 'Stuffed Deep-Fried Trotters, Golden Beet Salad, Honey & Grain Mustard Dressing' and 'Loch Fyne organic Salmon, with Lemon & organic Bread' to be among the starters.
Maybe 'Three Fishes Pie with Mashed Potatoes & Mrs. Kirkham's Lancashire Cheese'; 'Braised Oxtail in a Red Wine Sauce and Buttered Root Vegetables' and 'Gloucester Old Spot Sausages with Mash & Onion Gravy' - plus an assortment of Steaks - among the mains.
Excellent open sandwiches offer a lighter alternative.
For those with a remaining appetite, traditional puds such as 'Bramley Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard' and home-made ices set the style.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week; Mon-Sat 12.00-14.00; Sun 12.00-20.00; set L £12.50 (2 courses), £15 (3 courses); mains about £12 to £25; set L Sun from 12.00-21.00 £17.50 (2 courses), £21 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week; Mon-Sat 17.30-20.30 (21.00 Fri & Sat); Sun 12.00-22.00; mains about £12 to £25
- Seats: 120 (plus 40 outside)
- Wine: a concise, but well-thought-out wine list, has fair mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Whalley Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: enquire about Christmas opening
- Outside eating