In one direction lanes percolate through to the sea-marshes of Morecambe Bay; in the other the destination is the Forest of Bowland, a magical landscape of moors, crags and gorge-like valleys. Rural Lancashire at its most sublime. There's good Lancashire beer here too, from Moorhouse's in Burnley, perhaps supped in the extended gardens which lead to open fields where pheasants and deer can often be spotted. Mismatched furniture and a handsome stone fireplace with roaring winter log fire characterise the inn, offering a tantalising flavour of the small coaching inn it once was. The kitchen, managed by chef-patron Craig Wilkinson, makes full use of the wealth of produce the county has to offer. So from the concise menu be tempted by a starter of treacle-cured salmon with fennel salad, beetroot mayonnaise, crispy egg; progress then to Goosnargh duck legs, cider lentils, sauté potatoes, kale, and round off with warm orange and almond cake with vanilla ice cream.
Closed: 1 week January, 1 week November
Days closed: Monday to Tuesday (except bank holiday lunch)
Opening times: 12–3 6–12
Lunch: Wednesday to Saturday 12–2, Sunday 12–3
Dinner: Wednesday to Saturday 6.30–9, Sunday 6–8
Food and drink
Set menu available
Credit cards accepted
Allowed in bar
Allowed in garden
M6 junction 33 take A6 towards Garstang, turn left for pub. Pub approximately 1 mile from M6.