Fence Gate has been family run for the past thirty years, and offers rooms that vary in size and…
The only Lancashire pub owned by Yorkshire brewery Timothy Taylor’s, the White Swan at Fence takes its real ales as seriously as its award-winning food. Expect perfectly kept pints of Landlord and Boltmaker served in the cosy bar, alongside a dozen wines offered by the glass. In the kitchen, chef Tom Parker keeps things concise on the good-value set menus and à la carte. Regional produce comes to the fore in dishes like stuffed jacket skin – Lancashire cheese, chives, pickles and herring roe, perhaps followed by Dexter beef fillet, celeriac, foraged mushrooms and red wine. Make sure you leave room for the garden apple crumble and vanilla custard.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Main course from: £18
- Closed: false
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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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