Ten of the cosiest pubs to visit in Lancashire
PUBLISHED: 00:00 19 October 2015 | UPDATED: 19:28 22 March 2016
Enjoy a relaxing meal by the fireplace at some of Lancashire's top pubs. Beatrice Tetteh reports
Freemasons at Wiswell
This delightful country pub provides what some have described as a memorable gastronomic experience. And one visit to the Freemasons at Wiswell will make you realise its just not all talk.
It was the first pub in the history of the Good Food guide to receive seven out of ten and it took the top spot in the guide’s Top 50 Pubs list.
Freemasons at Wiswell, 8 Vicarage Fold, Wiswell, Clitheroe, BB7 9DF, 01254 822218, www.freemasonsatwiswell.com
Town Green Brasserie
Town Green Brasserie is a relaxed pub located in the heart of Aughton village. This quaint tavern is part of a fleet of venues across the county owned by the Seafood Pub Company. Expect first class seafood dishes and the best of British produce.
Town Green Brasserie, Aughton, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 6SE, 01695 420 883, seafoodpubcompany.com/town-green
The Three Fishes
This quaint Ribble Valley pub lies in the little hamlet of Mitton and provides a five star experience. The head chef, Ian Moss, draws inspiration from Nigel Haworth’s philosophy and focuses on creating delicious dining experiences using locally sourced produce. The pub itself has a modern take on traditional pub dining style.
The Three Fishes, Mitton Road, Mitton, Lancashire, BB7 9PQ, 01254 826888, www.thethreefishes.com
The Cartford Inn
Originally a historic 17th century coaching inn located at the crossing of the River Wyre, owners Patrick and Julie Beaume make it their mission to combine a personal experience with the best food and drink for enjoying time with friends and family.
The Cartford Inn, Cartford Lane, Little Eccleston, Preston, PR3 0YP, 01995 670166, www.thecartfordinn.co.uk
Honest, high quality food is served up here in this seafood-led historic pub. Caught that day fish is always on the menu. From the outside, the Assheton looks every inch the timeless English country inn.
The inside also retains the character of a 19th century tavern but with a 21st century buzz and cuisine and service to match.
The Assheton Arms, Downham, near Clitheroe, BB7 4BJ. 01200 441227, www.asshetonarms.com
On the banks of the Leeds/Liverpool canal in the historic village of Halsall, the location of the Saracens Head is difficult to beat. The building, which is more than 100 hundred years old, has a renovation in 2008 transforming it into a contemporary place to eat.
Local produce and seasonal food are at the heart of the menus here as are wines from the award winning producer and merchants, Boutinot, and the finest cask ales.
Saracens Head, Summerwood Lane, Halsall, L39 8RH, 01704 840204, www.thesaracensheadhalsall.co.uk
The country pub in Newton-in-Bowland is a cracker. Food here is a celebration. As you would expect, seasonal produce is well used too and local ales get a good show. The menu is brimming with hearty fare as well as dishes with a global influence.
Parkers Arms, Newton-in-Bowland, near Clitheroe, BB7 3DY, 01200 446236, www.parkersarms.co.uk
Swan with Two Necks
Take a step back in time to the Swan with Two Necks in Pendleton. This tiny Ribble Valley pub, was crowned the best in the UK by the Campaign for Real Ale.
Its range of locally brewed beers, the quality and price of its home-cooked food and its role in the community singled it out from the 57,000 other entries.
It is easy to see why the organisation loved this charming local pub. You can be guaranteed a friendly welcome at the historic inn as well as great food and of course, drink.
The Swan with Two Necks, Pendleton, Clitheroe, BB7 1PT, 01200 423112, www.swanwithtwonecks.co.uk
Inn at Whitewell
Set above the River Hodder, the Inn at Whitewell is a spectacular rural inn offering home cooked ingredients that you can enjoy beside a cosy fireplace. Take pleasure in its relaxed environment, the stunning views of the Forest of Bowland and the lovely food created by the talented kitchen team. The inn also has 23 plush bedrooms where you can enjoy a country living experience.
The Inn at Whitewell, Clitheroe, Forest of Bowland, BB7 3AT, 01200 448222, www.innatwhitewell.com
The Higher Buck, Waddington
Waddington's historic Higher Buck reopened in 2014 after a £350,000 makeover, adding a few modern touches to the traditional pub set-up.
Numerous comfy sofas, roomy booths and the obligatory open fire brings a relaxed atmosphere and they serve a decent pint too.
The location in the centre of the village and the hearty, varied menu, make it an ideal end to a day exploring Bowland.
The Square, Waddington, Clitheroe BB7 3HZ 01200 423226 www.higherbuck.com