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12 of the best summer dining locations in Lancashire and the Lake District

PUBLISHED: 00:00 04 May 2015 | UPDATED: 16:03 24 February 2016

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Take in the views while eating some of the best food in Lancashire and the Lake District

Gibbon Bridge HotelGibbon Bridge Hotel

The Gibbon Bridge Hotel

Located in the Forest of Bowland, Gibbon Bridge Hotel is the perfect place to dine in a stunning location. The four-star country hotel’s restaurant already offers great views of their award-winning gardens, but it also has two lovely covered patios. These areas provide guests with an amazing al fresco dining experience, perfect for special occasions and celebrations.

The Gibbon Bridge Hotel, Chipping near Preston, Forest of Bowland, PR3 2TQ , 01995 61456,

The Water Witch

Situated on the picturesque Lancaster canal, The Water Witch is only a five minute stroll away from the historic city centre. Originally converted from purpose-built stables during the 1970s, here you can dine right on the water’s edge. If the sun is shining, what could be better?

The Water Witch, Canal Tow Path, Aldcliffe Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1SU, 01524 63828,

Ribby Hall Village

Ribby Hall’s brand new restaurant, The Orangery, offers diners the opportunity to enjoy seasonal and locally sourced dishes created by head chef, Michael Noonan. You can dine with views of Ribby Hall’s lake and fountain, or in warmer months al fresco dining options at The Lily Pad are also available. The beautiful breeze house is available for luxury, private dining experiences by the water’s edge.

Ribby Hall Village, Ribby Road, Wrea Green, near Blackpool, PR4 2PR, 0800 107 0336,

Lily Pad Exterior at The SPA Hotel, Ribby Hall VillageLily Pad Exterior at The SPA Hotel, Ribby Hall Village

Eagle and Child

Hop off the East Lancashire Railway and take a trip to the Eagle and Child in Ramsbottom. This award-winning pub has something rather special - an ‘Incredible Edible Beer Garden.’ A vision of Glen Duckett, who owns the pub, the garden is a working allotment project and is landscaped so you can enjoy eating and drinking among their home grown fruit and vegetables, many of which will be found in your dinner.

Eagle and Child, 3 Whalley Road, Ramsbottom, BL0 0DL, 01706 557181,

Armathwaite Hall Country House and Spa

Secluded in 400 acres of deer park and woodland, the magnificent Armathwaite Hall has unrivelled views when looking to dine al fresco. Surrounded with panoramic views of the Lake District fells and Skiddaw Mountain, you can enjoy calming views across Bassenthwaite Lake when dining on the lake view patio in the sunshine.

Armathwaite Hall Country House and Spa, Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick, CA12 4RE, 017687 76551,

Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel

This luxury Lake District hotel is not to be missed if you’re looking for a gastro-getaway. Book in for dinner at the oak-panelled restaurant to indulge in a menu created by head chef David McLaughlin. But make sure you take time out to enjoy an afternoon tea or lunch served on the terrace for breathtaking views.

Holbeck Ghyll, Holbeck Lane, Windermere, LA23 1LU, 01539 432375,

The HighwaymanThe Highwayman

The Highwayman

The Highwayman has been part of Nigel Haworth’s co-owned company, Ribble Valley Inns, since 2007. In June 2014, the pub re-opened following a full refurbishment. Visitors can now enjoy cocktails on the lawn or dine al fresco on the garden terrace with a seasonal menu created by head chef, Jason Birkbeck.

The Highwayman, Burrow, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2RJ, 01524 273 338,

The Farmers Arms

The picturesque market village of Great Eccleston is home to The Farmers Arms, a pub owned by the award-winning Seafood Pub Company. Here, you can dine in an ambient atmosphere, sampling some of the best seafood the Fylde Coast has to offer. Their courtyard is ideal for grabbing a bite to eat in the sunshine with friends.

The Farmers Arms, Halsalls Square, Great Eccleston, PR3 0YE, 01995 672018,


Bertram’s Restaurant

A modern, adult-only restaurant and cocktail bar, Bertram’s is located within Crow Wood Leisure, which incorporates the luxurious Woodland Spa. Book a table by the window for an unspoilt panoramic view of Pendle Hill, or in the summer enjoy a spot of lunch outside by the pool.

Bertram’s Restaurant, Crow Wood, Royle Lane, Off Holme Road, Burnley, BB12 0RT, 01282 471930,


The Cartford InnThe Cartford Inn

Cartford Inn

An award-winning restaurant, pub and boutique hotel, the Cartford Inn is located in a charming 17th century coaching inn at the historic crossing of the River Wyre. The River Lounge boasts panoramic river views but on summer evenings you can take a front row seat and enjoy the scenery of the Bowland fells while eating or drinking on the landscaped al fresco dining terrace.

The Cartford Inn, Cartford Lane, Little Eccleston, near Poulton-le-Fylde, Preston, PR3 0YP, 01995 670166,

The Shireburn Arms

Situated in Hurst Green, the home of the Tolkien Trail, The Shireburn Arms is a historic 17th Century inn with great character. Their patio areas to the front and rear are the ideal place to soak up the sun and tuck into a dish created by head chef, Matthew Simpson.

The Shireburn Arms, Whalley Road, Hurst Green, Clitheroe, BB7 9QJ, 01254 826 678,

Cragwood Country House

Cragwood Country House is set in a twenty-acre estate of beautiful landscaped gardens overlooking Windermere. The hotel has two elegant dining rooms as well as the garden terrace, where guests can tuck into an imaginative menu from head chef Calvin Harrison. Delicious dishes feature local produce including tender Herdwick lamb, spicy Cumberland sausage and freshly caught trout and Morecambe Bay potted shrimps. Don’t forget to squeeze in some Cumbrian cheeses and homemade chutneys.

Cragwood Country House Hotel, Windermere, LA23 1LQ, 015394 88177,


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