A successful combination of pub and restaurant - the onus being on the latter. The food focus being firmly in the North West; all expertly-sourced and prepared. A visit is not to be missed if you're almost passing by on the motorway.Order in the bar to experience the likes of 'Grilled Black Pudding with Carrot Relish and Mustard Dressing'; 'Pickled Herrings with Soused Fennel and Beetroot Relish'; 'Salad of Baked Goats' Cheese wrapped in cured local Ham with Oven-Dried Tomatoes and Olives' or 'Mrs. Beeton's Potted Crab' to begin.
Possibly 'Cumbrian Rough Fell Mutton Shank Slow-Cooked in Red Wine and Thyme with Goats' Cheese Mash'; 'Baked Salmon Fillet, Confit Fennel, New Potatoes and Lemon Butter' or 'Baked Fields Mushrooms, Glazed with Garstang Blue Cheese, Potato Purée, Rocket and Balsamic' to follow.
Maybe finish with 'Sticky Toffee Pudding'; 'Chocolate Pot with Chocolate Ice Cream' or 'Peach Melba'.
Those with a more savoury tooth will enjoy their selection of British cheeses.
Service is relaxed and informal.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Tues-Sun 12.00-14.00 (Sun 15.00); set weekday L £16.95 (2 courses), £20.95 (3 courses); L Sun £17.50 (2 courses) to £21.50; mains about £13 to £22
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 18.30-21.00; mains about £13 to £22
- Seats: 48, plus 20 outside
- Wine: a concise list has been well-chosen & has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Poulton-le-Fylde Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page - or leave the M6 at junction 33, the take the A6 heading south towards Garstang; find the Bay Horse in in Forton
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: all Mon, Tues after Bank Holidays, 25th & 26th Dec
- Outside eating
- Rooms available