Friendly, open-plan pub with popular food, local ales and a fine setting; seats outside
The good pub guide review
Popular with locals for its quality food and congenial atmosphere, the Strickland Arms is also opposite the entrance to Sizergh Castle (NT) and convenient for the M6 and A6, so lunchtimes can get busy ' it's best to book a table in advance. The mood is friendly and gently civilised, and the bar on the right has oriental rugs on flagstones, a log fire, local and national ales on handpump such as Bowland Hen Harrier, Bowness Bay Swan Blonde and Settle Blonde, and several malt whiskies and nine wines by the glass. On the left are polished boards and another log fire, and throughout there's a nice mix of sturdy country furniture, candles on tables, hunting scenes and other old prints on the walls, curtains in heavy fabric and some Staffordshire china ornaments. Two of the dining rooms are upstairs; background music and board games. The flagstoned front terrace has plenty of tables and chairs, and picnic-sets are arranged on a grassy area; disabled access and facilities. The pub is part of the small Ainscoughs group.
The good pub guide food review
Rewarding food includes lunchtime sandwiches, nice nibbles (there's a cumberland sausage roll), chicken wings with blue cheese dip, fish pie, Lancashire lamb hotpot with pickled red cabbage, wild mushroom and sage pearl barley risotto, gammon steak with pineapple, egg and chips, burgers (beef, Cajun chicken or falafel), caesar salad in a parmesan taco, and puddings such as sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and vegan chocolate tart.