A 17th-century inn with eclectic interiors and excellent food
At a glance
AA Pick of the Pubs
Set in an idyllic location adjoining a toll bridge across the tidal River Wyre, this award-winning 17th-century coaching inn enjoys extensive views over the countryside towards the Trough of Bowland and the Lake District. Owners Julie and Patrick Beaume have created a relaxed family-run inn. Its stylish and contemporary interior is an appealing blend of striking colours, natural wood and polished floors, whilst the smart open fireplace and an eclectic selection of furniture adds a comfortable and relaxed feel to the bar lounge. If your arrival coincides with coffee or tea time, you won’t be disappointed. Coffees are blended with beans from Guatemala, El Salvador, Ethiopia and Sumatra; teas range from the house blend Irish breakfast, to a decaf Ceylon, green chai, or hedgerow tisane. There’s a choice of eating areas – the Riverside Lounge, Fire Lounge and alcove, and outside on the terrace – where you can enjoy an imaginative range of dishes based on quality ingredients from local suppliers. The Cartford Inn makes an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area; Lancaster, the Royal Lytham Golf Club, and Blackpool with its Winter Gardens and Grand Theatre are all within easy reach.