White Swan at Fence
“High quality regional pub food” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
The White Swan at Fence is a proper village pub in all respects and rather unassuming from the exterior. Inside, the decor is traditional with small dining areas and a bar where the locals sup pints. The food, however, is far from average pub grub and there is a real passion in the kitchen, with strong technical skills evident in boldly flavoured dishes. Start with a delicate broth – made with early tomatoes from the chef’s grandfather’s garden – topped with basil and wild garlic foam and diced Iberico bellota. Move on to Morecambe Bay sea bass, peas, tarragon and sweet cicely.
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Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 40
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 24–31 October, 26 December, 1–9 January
- Wines under £30: 33
- Wines over £30: 60
- Wines by the glass: 19
- 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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