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 kitchen. The engaging multi-roomed interior is liberally decorated with antiques, ephemera and pictures; there’s also an independent wine shop. A light lunch could comprise potted Cornish crab with avocado purée. At dinner, try Goosnargh corn-fed chicken with potato cake, caramelised onions and red wine jus. For fish lovers, the kitchen’s signature fish pie and beer-battered haddock, chips and choice of 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.