Inn at Whitewell
Rather grand old house with smartly pubby atmosphere, top quality food, exceptional wine list, real ales and professional, friendly service; luxury bedrooms
The good pub guide review
This elegant and sprawling manor house cuts an imposing silhouette against the surrounding landscape ' it's situated high on the banks of the River Hodder, with spectacular views across the water to the Forest of Bowland. Visitors often choose to stay in one of its 23 lovely bedrooms or separate holiday cottage, the Piggeries: charming and individually furnished with beautifully restored bathrooms, several have open fires; breakfasts are excellent. The civilised bar rooms have handsome old wood furnishings, including antique settles, oak gate-leg tables and sonorous clocks, set off beautifully against powder blue walls neatly hung with big appealing prints. The pubby main bar has roaring log fires in attractive stone fireplaces and heavy curtains on sturdy wooden rails; one area has a selection of newspapers and magazines, local maps and guidebooks. There's a piano for anyone who wants to play, and board games. Early evening sees a cheerful bustle that later settles to a more tranquil and relaxing atmosphere. Drinks include a marvellous wine list of around 230 wines with 26 by the glass (there's also an excellent on-site wine shop), 24 whiskies, eight gins, a fine selection of soft drinks, and Black Sheep, Moorhouses Blonde Witch, Timothy Taylors Landlord and Tirril Ullswater Blonde on handpump. The riverside bar and adjacent terrace make the most of the scenic views, and they own several miles of trout, salmon and sea trout fishing on the river (picnic hampers on request). Limited disabled access.
The good pub guide food review
They bake their own bread, make jams and chutneys and use the best local produce including game in season. The delicious food includes lunchtime sandwiches, pressed ham hock with pickled baby carrots and piccalilli purée, home-cured salmon with dill and grain mustard dressing, potted crab with avocado purée and cucumber pickle, roast cannon of lamb with apricot, mint, smoked bacon, crushed peas and potato purée, fish pie, roast Goosnargh duck breast and leg croquette with braised cabbage and apple, Thai chickpea and vegetable curry, and home-made puddings; they serve afternoon tea too.
Inn at Whitewell, Dunsop Road, Whitewell, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 3AT