“Accomplished modern cooking with glorious countryside all around” - AA Inspector
COWAN BRIDGE, LANCASHIRE
Our Inspector's View
In case you were wondering, the word ‘hipping’ is an old term for the stepping-stones that cross the Broken Beck stream running through the hall’s delightful gardens. Built in the 17th and 18th centuries, the pocket-sized country house is in a beautiful spot on the borders of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria, and is done out with a classical elegance, and offers a real draw in its stylish restaurant, where boarded floors, walls done in local pigments, soaring oak beams and a rustic fireplace feel rooted into the area. Oli Martin’s cooking is on a roll, his 21st-century approach teaming prime local produce with of-the-moment techniques in four-, six- and 10-course tasters (with veggie alternatives). An opening dish of butter pie – crisp pastry filled with a harmonious trio of Mrs Kirkham’s cheese, truffle and onion – is a modern, northern-inspired classic. Next up, a composition of Mull scallop, kohlrabi and smoked eel is dedicated to delivering the essence of each ingredient, while meaty satisfaction comes in the shape of Shorthorn beef with onion and hay, or tender Goosnargh chicken supported by seaweed and shiitake mushrooms. A crossover dish of Yorkshire rhubarb with buckwheat and sorrel paves the way for an inspired finisher of apple with Douglas fir and honey.
Awards, Accolades & welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 34
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Monday to Tuesday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 6
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 13
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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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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