Winckley Stays is a small hotel centrally located, yet in a quiet street just off a smart…
“Unpretentious modern dining in an unexpected setting.” - AA Inspector
Aven, a charming period terraced property in a central but quiet residential area, might not be where you’d expect to find a restaurant of this calibre, but that just makes the discovery more thrilling. The unpretentious, relaxed dining room has a modern, pared back Scandi feel with wooden floors and walls hung with contemporary paintings. The seven-course tasting menu changes with the seasons, and is robust and modern in style and technique, with straightforward clarity of flavours and an emphasis on foraged ingredients. The wine list is worth exploring and as well as wine flights they offer a beer tasting flight.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 28
- Closed: 28 August to 14 September, 25–26 December, 1–17 January
- Cuisine style: Modern British
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About the area
Lancashire was at the centre of the British cotton industry in the 19th century, which lead to the urbanization of great tracts of the area. The cotton boom came and went, but the industrial profile remains. Lancashire’s resorts, Blackpool, Southport and Morecambe Bay, were originally developed to meet the leisure needs of the cotton mill town workers. Blackpool is the biggest and brashest, celebrated for it tower, miles of promenade, and the coloured light ‘illuminations’. Amusements are taken very seriously here, day and night, and visitors can be entertained in a thousand different ways.
The former county town, Lancaster, boasts one of the younger English universities, dating from 1964. Other towns built up to accommodate the mill-workers with back-to-back terraced houses, are Burnley, Blackburn, Rochdale and Accrington. To get out of town, you can head for the Pennines, the ‘backbone of England’, a series of hills stretching from the Peak District National Park to the Scottish borders. To the north of the country is the Forest of Bowland, which despite its name is fairly open country, high up, with great views.
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