In one direction lanes percolate through to the sea-marshes of Morecambe Bay; in the other the destination is the Forest of Bowland, a magical landscape of moors, crags and gorge-like valleys. Rural Lancashire at its most sublime. There's good Lancashire beer here too, from Moorhouse's in Burnley, perhaps supped in the extended gardens which lead to open fields where pheasants and deer can often be spotted. Mismatched furniture and a handsome stone fireplace with roaring winter log fire characterise the inn, offering a tantalising flavour of the small coaching inn it once was. The kitchen, managed by chef-patron Craig Wilkinson, makes full use of the wealth of produce the county has to offer. So from the concise menu be tempted by a starter of treacle-cured salmon with fennel salad, beetroot mayonnaise, crispy egg; progress then to Goosnargh duck legs, cider lentils, sauté potatoes, kale, and round off with warm orange and almond cake with vanilla ice cream.
Stylish family-run inn with imaginative menu
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Closed: 1
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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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