Emmott Lane, LANESHAW BRIDGE, BB8 7EG
With magnificent views to Pendle Hill from tables on the paved patio, this old, hill-top stone inn deep in the Lancashire countryside is a real find. The rambling interior has some fine panelling, real fires and stone floors, whilst chic accommodation and extensive dining facilities mean it's popular for weddings. Reliable beers from Moorhouse's slake the thirst after a decent stroll. The wide-ranging contemporary menu covers most bases, from starters like pan-fried woodland pigeon; and mussels marinara via mains of pies, puddings, pasta and risotto dishes to the butcher's selection choices of game stew and herb dumplings; confit leg of duck; and slow-braised lamb shank. Sticky toffee sundae medley is a filling final fling.