Forest of Bowland, WHITEWELL, Nr Clitheroe, BB7 3AT
This must be one of the most idyllically located inns in England. The River Hodder swirls by verdant meadows abutting wooded clefts in the glorious Forest of Bowland. Here the partly 13th-century inn slumbers by a tiny Georgian chapel, with slippery paths down to stepping stones across the torrent. All around the high moors, pastures and estates burst with provisions destined for the inn's renowned kitchen. The engaging multi-roomed interior is liberally decorated with antiques, ephemera and pictures; there's also an independent wine shop. All in all, there is plenty to entertain the residential guests who book into one of the individually designed, luxury period bedrooms. Jamie Cadman's enduring passion for quality local produce shines through in consistently good dishes, which have been awarded an AA Rosette. A light lunch could comprise potted Cornish crab with toasted sourdough, cucumber pickle and avocado purée; or garlic and thyme roasted flat mushrooms, tapenade toast, and tomato and shallot ketchup. At dinner, the à la carte features starters such as seared king scallops, pancetta with pea purée, which can lead to main dishes of whole roast Goosnargh corn-fed lemon thyme poussin with thyme, sage and onion croquette, bread sauce and gravy; or pan-fried gnocchi, roast pepper and spinach, plum tomato sauce, toasted pine nuts, parmesan shavings and basil oil. For fish lovers, the kitchen's signature fish pie and beer-battered haddock, chips and mushy peas will do the trick. Puddings are traditional and home made. Ramblers dropping in from the heights will delight in beers from Timothy Taylor and Hawkshead, enjoyed on a terrace with the fabulous fell views.
Tel: 01200 448222
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Timothy Taylor Landlord, Bowland, Copper Dragon, Moorhouse's, Hawkshead
All day all week
Coach parties catered.