This must be one of the most idyllically located inns in England. The River Hodder swirls by verdant meadows abutting wooded clefts in the glorious Forest of Bowland. Here the partly 13th-century inn slumbers by a tiny Georgian chapel, with slippery paths down to stepping stones across the torrent. All around the high moors, pastures and estates burst with provisions destined for the inn’s kitchen. The engaging multi-roomed interior is liberally decorated with antiques, ephemera and pictures; there’s also an independent wine shop. A light lunch could comprise potted Cornish crab with avocado purée. At dinner, try Goosnargh corn-fed chicken with potato cake, caramelised onions and red wine jus. For fish lovers, the kitchen’s signature fish pie and beer-battered haddock, chips and choice of peas will do the trick. Puddings are traditional and home made. Ramblers dropping in from the heights will delight in beers from Timothy Taylor and Hawkshead, enjoyed on a terrace with the fabulous fell views.
Historic inn with spectacular valley views
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Open all year
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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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