Find this deservedly-popular pub on the fringes of the beautiful Bowland Forest. The building is thought to have been built as a farmhouse in the mid 18th century, before being converted to use as a hostelry. Expect the real feel of a 'local' with real ales, wooden beams and flagstone floors.
Food is taken seriously. You can eat in one of the bars, outside in the garden or in the restaurant while in warmer months they open up the adjacent coach house as an additional café (which also sells homemade bread and other traiteur items produced in the kitchen.
The kitchen specialises in local, seasonal food, and the style tends towards the rustic, with game featuring strongly during darker months.
An early Spring menu included 'Smoked Goats' Cheese & Red Onion Tart'; 'Pan-Seared Pigeon Breast with local Black Pudding & Caramelised Apples'; 'Potted Crayfish Tails with Cucumber Pickle & Toast' and 'Homemade Chicken Liver Paté' amongst the starters.
'Lancashire Game Hot Pot with Braised Red Cabbage'; 'Duck Cassoulet'; 'Slow-Roasted Belly Pork with Buttered Mash, Baked Pear & Cider & Sage Sauce' and Roasted Vegetable Lasagne' listed among the mains.
Those with a sweet tooth might be further tempted by 'Warm Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream'; 'Bread & Butter Pudding with Vanilla Custard' or 'Blackcurrant Sponge with Liquorice Ice Cream'. While those preferring more savoury options should enjoy their selection of Local Farmhouse Cheeses.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Tues-Sun 12.00-14.00; mains about £12 to £23
- Dinner: Tues-Sun 18.00-21.00; mains about 12 to £23
- Wine: a well-chosen list has modest mark ups
- Children's portions: Children's Menu
- Nearest station: Clitheroe Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Outside eating
- Rooms available