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AA Restaurant of the Year (England) 2017-18
AA Notable Wine List 2017-18
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Exciting virtuoso cooking in a relaxed village inn

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass

This chocolate-box village is firmly established on the foodie map thanks to the high-flying cooking of chef-patron Steven Smith. Converted from a trio of little cottages, the place successfully pulls off the dual functions of a proper pub and a dining hot spot with a welcoming, convivial atmosphere, and decked out with antiques, rugs on the floor, an open fire and even a stag's head. Steven Smith worked in some of the North's top kitchens before going solo, so he knows exactly how to use Lancashire's finest produce as the basis for inventive and technically accomplished dishes. Slow-cooked cheek and crispy belly of suckling pig might be the focus of a starter that delivers true wow factor, particularly when matched with black pudding, baked sweet potato, rhubarb and hoi sin sauce. Main course could star venison, but not just any old deer: salt-aged and smoked over pine, it comes with loin tartare, parsnips, apple purée, Stilton and a sturdy Grand Huntsman sauce. Fish might appear as roast loin of cod with squid risotto, Jerusalem artichoke, hazelnuts, chorizo and yuzu, while dessert showcases Michel Cluizel's unctuous chocolate matched with pineapple poached in Pedro Ximenez caramel, rum, raisin and passionfruit, and coconut ice cream.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 2nd January for 2 weeks
  • Days closed: Monday to Tuesday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 5.30
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef(s): Steven Smith, Matthew Smith

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 56
  • Wines over £30: 108
  • Wines by the glass: 30

Price guide

  • Starter from: £9.95
  • Main course from19.95
  • Dessert from: £9.95
  • 3-course lunch from: £25
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 70
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 14
  • Off-site parking available: In village

Additional information

  • Seats: 70
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 14

Getting here

A59, on edge of Whalley village near Clitheroe

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