18th-c former coaching inn with log fires, comfortable bar and restaurant, well regarded food, local ales and friendly staff
The good pub guide review
A characterful, gently civilised, family-run place with a series of small, rambling linked rooms including a cosily pubby beamed bar with cushioned wall banquettes in bay windows, lamps on windowsills and a warm log fire. Many customers are here to enjoy a good meal. The dining room has a woodburning stove and lovely views over the garden, where there are plenty of seats and tables. A new private dining space in a double-height converted barn with exposed stone walls is available for parties. Bowland Hen Harrier and Moorhouses Pendle Witches Brew on handpump, 12 wines by the glass, 15 malt whiskies and 20 gins served by friendly, efficient staff. Disabled access. It's a handy stopover for the nearby M6.
The good pub guide food review
Cooked by the chef-owner, the highly regarded food includes baked Scottish scallops with cucumber, seaweed and orange butter, black pudding and caramelised apple scotch egg, sea bass with peas, potatoes, bacon and creamy brown crab meat sauce, roasted summer squash with tenderstem broccoli and charred onions, duck with green beans, mashed potato, chestnuts and burnt orange and port sauce, and puddings such as chocolate and peanut butter torte with caramel ice-cream and apricot bread and butter pudding with marmalade ice-cream.