For location alone, this handsome old coaching inn takes some beating, sitting as it does in some of Britain’s most impressive cavern-riddled limestone scenery. A dense covering of creepers masks its stone walls, and the old mounting block from coaching days is still in situ. Beyond the attractive tiled entrance are small rooms with original beams, fireplaces, wooden floors and log-burning stoves. One of Thwaites Inns of Character pubs, it’s right on the village green, which presents much easier terrain for the fell-walkers, cavers and other outdoor types who drop in here for morning coffee or a pint. If the latter, it could be a glass of Wainwright bitter, named after the fell-walking guide and writer/illustrator Alfred Wainwright, who also hailed from Blackburn; seasonal Dark Horse ales are further options. Traditional home-cooked meals originating from trusted local suppliers might begin with warm maple polenta cake, sautéed spinach, wild mushrooms and braised pine nuts; or cheese-filled salt cod croquettes, tomato jam, rocket and toasted pine nuts. From there the choice broadens to salads, sharing boards, and Lister classics. These comprise firm favourites such as honey-glazed home-cooked ham with free-range fried egg and hand-cut chips; Lister's proper pie of the day with mushy peas and creamy mash or chips; or local pork sausages with creamy mash, onion gravy and crispy onions. Desserts are home made too, including Prosecco poached pear and frangipane tart with marmalade glaze and pouring cream; and steamed spotted dick with sultanas and orange scented custard. Feel free to arrive in muddy boots with a well-behaved dog – nobody will object.