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Landmark village pub that ticks all the boxes

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year

Out on Blackburn's western fringes, this pub is well placed for walks through pleasantly wooded countryside. Owned by the Ribble Valley Inns group, the unusual name celebrates the favourite attire of an early 20th-century landlord, a billycock being a felt hat. Wall lights fashioned from old weaving shuttles, lamps from cobblers' shoe stretchers, and artwork by north-west artist, Nicholas Saunders add to the character of the pub, where real ales include Thwaites Original and Wainwright. Holder of an AA Rosette, the kitchen concentrates on robust British cooking and regional produce. Warm Morecambe Bay shrimps with blade mace butter and toasted English muffin might precede slow-cooked Cumbrian lamb shank, purple sprouting broccoli, hot pot potatoes, mint jelly and rosemary gravy. Finish with jam roly poly and custard or home-made rice pudding. If the weather's good, eat and drink outdoors on the dining terrace.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 12-11 (Sunday 12-10)
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 12-2, Saturday and bank holidays 12-9, Sunday 12-8.30 (afternoon bites Monday to Friday 2-5.30)
  • Dinner: Monday to Thursday 5.30-8.30, Friday 5.30-9, Saturday and bank holidays 12-9, Sunday 12-8.30

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Real ales available: Thwaites Original and The 1865, Marston's Wainwright
  • Real ciders: Kingstone Press

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar

Getting here

M6 junction 29 to M65 junction 3, follow Pleasington signs

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