Awards & Reviews


We are listed in many hotel and restaurant guides, click below to read their reviews…







Hotel for Fishing Reward

The Good Hotel Guide 2019

Editors choice award for Hotel for Fishing

Good Shoot Hotel Guide

Guns on Pegs 2018

Regional winner voted by Guns on Pegs Members

Ribble River Trust

Ribble River Trust 2018/19

The Inn at Whitewell is a platinum corporate member of the Ribble River Trust helping to restore and protect our rivers for the benefit of wildlife and the enjoyment of local communities and visitors.

Five Star Gold Award

Visit England 2018/19

Five Star Gold Award for exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service.

Inn of the Year

The Good Pub Guide 2017

Awarded Inn of the Year Award 2017

Certificate of Achievement

Taste Lancashire 2017

The Inn at Whitewell has been awarded a rating of "Highest Quality Assured"
This award acknowledges that this establishment has shown excellence in the areas of customer service, food and drink, provision to provide a consistently high quality eating experience.

5 Star Silver Award

The AA 2017

Silver star has been awarded to The Inn at Whitewell for guest accommodation of superior level of quality, high standard of hospitality, service and cleanliness within the star rating band.

British Hotel Award

Sawdays 2015

It is almost impossible to imagine a day when a better inn will grace the English landscape. Everything here is perfect. The inn sits just above the river Hodder, and doors in the bar lead onto a terrace where guests can enjoy five-mile views across parkland to rising fells. Inside, fires roar, newspapers wait, there are beams, sofas, maps and copies of Wisden. Bedrooms, some in the Coach House, are exemplary and come with real luxury, perhaps a peat fire, a lavish four-poster, a fabulous Victorian power shower. All have beautiful fabrics, top linen and gadgets galore; many have the marvellous view – you can fall asleep at night to the sound of the river. There are bar meals for those who want to watch their weight (the Whitewell fish pie is rightly famous) or a restaurant for splendid food, so dig into seared scallops, Bowland lamb, a plate of local cheese (the Queen once popped in for lunch). Elsewhere, a wine shop in reception, seven miles of private fishing and countryside as good as any in the land. Dogs and children are very welcome. Magnificent.

10 best British hotels with fires

Times Online November 2015

Time to banish the gloom and fine yourself a roaring fire. Tom Chresshyre fans the flames with his top ten UK fireplaces.

Red Review

Red Magazine December 3rd 2013

Tucked away down a quiet country lane, you could be forgiven for thinking The Inn At Whitewell was where you might meet your end. This notion dissipates when the manor house comes into view: perched on the bank of the River Hodder, its beautiful facade dates back to the 1300's.

Once inside, plonk yourself downstairs, preferably in front of a roaring fire, and unwind in the country pub. Feeling hungry? Indulge in the award-winning restaurant stocked with only the best locally sourced food and an ample wine list. After all that indulgence, you might fancy something active - happily, cycling is a real passion in the area, and special trails and routes are endless.

Upstairs you'll find eight of 23 'front of house' rooms, the rest sitting neatly in the Riverside or Coach House, each with views across the heart of the Forest of Bowland. Dog walking, fishing or just a drink, it’s all welcome here.

- The menu. All locally sourced and cooked with care. Try the traditional, hearty Lancashire Hotpot - perfect when eaten in front of the fire on a rainy Sunday.

- Its low-key attitude. Whether donning off-duty chic or statement jewels, everyone is made to feel comfortable.

- If you’re not camping out in one of the luxury bedrooms, it is quite a distance from the nearest town.

20 best gastropubs in Britain

The Times 5th November 2013

Ranked number 17, the Inn at Whitewell. Set in a secluded spot on the banks of the River Hodder within the Duchy of Lancaster's Estate, this 18th - century rural inn is not the easiest of places to find. However , you'll be rewarded with terrific views over the beautiful Forest of Bowland. There's a handsome riverside restaurant where you can dine on roast loin of Cumbrian venison wrapped in pancetta, but for a proper gastropub experience , head to the cosy bar. There you'll find a menu of familiar -friendly classics such as signature fish pie made with haddock and prawns , fish and chips or locally made spicy Cumberland sausages with champ ( spring onion mash) with onion gravy. In season, come for locally shot game including Lancashire Moor grouse and pheasant and partridge from Dunsop. What you said " the perfect pub" views to do for.

Hotel of the Year Awards

Lancashire Life 2012

Hotel of the year award goes to The Inn at Whitewell from Lancashire Life for Food and Drink 2012

Top 50 Gastro Pubs

Old Spekled Hen 2010

The Inn at Whitewell was in the top 50 gastro pubs for food and drink in 2010

10 top eateries with ambience

The Good Food Guide 2009

Get into Hallowe’en spirit with Square Meal’s guide to the best atmospheric spots nationwide. The Inn At Whitewell. This is a well-kept secret in a gorgeous setting amid the misty moors and rolling fells of the Forest of Bowland…

The Good Hotel Guide Review

The Good Hotel Guide 2009

The Inn at Whitewell – Upper-tier Pub Food – Cooking score 3. This handsome, rambling Bowland inn has superb views over the River Hodder towards the Trough of Bowland…

Special Places to Stay

Alastair Sawdays 2008

Stunningly set, high above the River Hodder, this old inn, owned by the Duchy of Lancaster and managed by Charles Bowman, has views across the Forest of Bowland…

Which Magazine Review

Which Magazine October 2008

It is almost impossible to imagine a day when a better inn will grace the English landscape. Everything here is perfect. The inn sits just above the River Hodder with five-mile views across…

Historical royal retreat is ideal for all classes

The Good Food Guide September 2008

Raising the bar. Gastropubs have been the biggest culinary movement of the past decade, and there are more than ever in the 2009 edition of The Good Food Guide…

BBC Gardeners' World Review

BBC Gardeners' World 1st August 2008

Deanna Delamotta sampled a traditional inn in the heart of the Forest of Bowland and surveyed spectacular Lancashire scenery – from the comfort of her own room.

The Observer Review

The Observer 10th August 2008

Sitting just above the River Hodder, this former Deerkeeper’s lodge has sweeping views across parkland to rising fells in the distance and down the valley into the Forest of Bowland.


Weekend’s Top places to dine out – Come rain or shine. Summer 2008

You can’t get any mobile reception here, making it the ideal hideaway. With massive four-poster beds, giant shower heads and roll-top baths, the rooms are reason enough to come to this lovers’ paradise…

Picture perfect inn is the tops

Clitheroe Advertiser / Gardeners’ World August 2008

Life can seem pretty sunny sitting outside in the flower filled riverside garden admiring the vast forest beyond. The food here is simple but delicious…

Top 10 pubs

The English Home August 2008

A picture perfect pub garden in the Ribble Valley has come out on top in a poll by BBC Gardeners’
World magazine.

Special Places

The Sunday Telegraph 10th February 2008

There’s a certain pleasure to be had from sharing the hidden gems we’ve had the good fortune to stumble upon. We’d like to use these pages to spread the word, so do write and tell us about yours…

10 best pubs for lunch

The Good Hotel Guide January 2008