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, its 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 youre not camping out in one of the luxury bedrooms, it is quite a distance from the nearest town.
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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.
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The Observer Review
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