“A convivial gastro pub with rooms in an unspoilt conservation village beneath legendary Pendle Hill; ideal for relaxing breaks”
Rooms are spread across several cottages and the former post office, whose bell still tinkles above the door. All share the same monochrome scheme - a smart yet soothing blend of grey panelling, woollen headboards and checked blankets. Walls are adorned with black and white photographs of misty moors and moonlit valleys; gnarled beams, tiled fireplaces or sash windows add dashes of period character. Bathrooms are a treat, with marble-clad rain showers and, in many, decadent rolltop tubs.
Categories differ in size and layout. In short, there’s something for everyone: cosy doubles, split-level suites, family rooms with sofabeds or additional bedrooms. Top of the pile are the Double Suites, whose vast bathrooms encompass a freestanding bath and a double walk-in shower (complete with mood lighting, should you want to up the romance). We stayed in the old post office, in the Double Standard. It’s the smallest room, with a tiny ensuite, but the payoff is a full-frontal view of Pendle Hill. We slept with our blind open (no light pollution to worry about here) and awoke to a golden glow bouncing off its slopes - magical.
The pub is a lovely mix of friendly boozer and smart restaurant, and both the bar and dining room buzz with happy chatter. In winter, fires crackle in stone hearths; in summer, you can head out to the terrace and gaze up at Pendle Hill.
The lunch and dinner menus are lengthy and varied, covering everything from classic steaks to steamed Korean buns. Despite the inland location, seafood is something of a speciality (the owners run a fishing company), and many dishes have an international twist. It might sound confused, but everything we sampled was delicious: prawn empanadas, melt-in-the-mouth Lancashire cheese fritters, tikka-spiced monkfish, a rich Peruvian fish stew. To round things off, we treated ourselves to a cheese platter and Port, before waddling back to our room full but happy.
If you fancy something lighter, you can choose from a range of bar snacks - tasty little morsels such as hake goujons and fried padron peppers. Breakfast is the usual buffet (fruit, pastries, cereal), plus hot dishes such as the Full Lancashire and smoked salmon with scrambled eggs.
Children are very welcome, and the terrace was busy with families during our summer stay. There are accommodation options to suit all shapes and sizes of party, and the pub has a kids’ menu. Best of all, as the rooms are dotted around several buildings, you don’t need to worry too much about your little ones disturbing other guests.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
The Family Ensuite rooms each have an additional twin bedroom or a lounge with a double sofabed; one is spread over 2 floors. There’s also a split-level Family Suite, which sleeps up to 6 in a double bedroom, a separate bunkroom and a lounge with a sofabed. Rollaway beds can be added to most other rooms, and all have space for a baby cot. Many bathrooms have tubs.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The kids’ menu encompasses tried-and-tested favourites such as fish fingers, ice cream and pitta soldiers with hummus.
As rooms are spread across several buildings. baby monitors don’t work between the pub and the accommodation.