The Cartford Inn
“A 17th-century inn with eclectic interiors and excellent food” - AA Inspector
LITTLE ECCLESTON, LANCASHIRE
Set in an idyllic location adjoining a toll bridge across the tidal River Wyre, this award-winning 17th-century coaching inn enjoys extensive views over the countryside towards the Trough of Bowland and the Lake District. Owners Julie and Patrick Beaume have created a relaxed family-run inn. Its stylish and contemporary interior is an appealing blend of striking colours, natural wood and polished floors, whilst the smart open fireplace and an eclectic selection of furniture adds a comfortable and relaxed feel to the bar lounge. If your arrival coincides with coffee or tea time, you won’t be disappointed. Coffees are blended with beans from Guatemala, El Salvador, Ethiopia and Sumatra; teas range from the house blend Irish breakfast, to a decaf Ceylon, green chai, or hedgerow tisane. There’s a choice of eating areas – the Riverside Lounge, Fire Lounge and alcove, and outside on the terrace – where you can enjoy an imaginative range of dishes based on quality ingredients from local suppliers. The Cartford Inn makes an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area; Lancaster, the Royal Lytham Golf Club, and Blackpool with its Winter Gardens and Grand Theatre are all within easy reach.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
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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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