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The Ribble Valley has an wonderful choice of eating places; we recommend you glance at Live Ribble Valley Magazine (complimentary copy in Saetr Garden Holiday Cottage).
Here are our personal reviews/experiences:-
Holden, Bolton-by-Bowland – The Kitchen Garden – our favourite breakfast or lunch time spot. Booking advisable at busy times – The Kitchen Garden is well known for their seasonal ‘picnic bench’ afternoon teas.
Slaidburn – The Hark to Bounty – pub food, great value.
Bolton-by-Bowland – The Coach & Horses – traditional coaching inn in the delightful village of Bolton by Bowland. Great bar & restaurant menu.
Downham – The Assheton Arms – excellent reputation for fish, good reviews and lovely open view of Pendle Hill. Winners of a number of awards.
Wiswell – The Freemasons – dark chocolate with your main course? Unusual menu which works well, above average cost.
Waddington – The Waddington Arms – great pub food while you soak in the country atmosphere and décor.
Waddington – The Lower Buck – even more authentic pub food, we’re talking steak pudding, proper pies and local brewed beers.
Waddington – The Higher Buck – lovely country decor and atmosphere, great food.
The Inn at Whitewell – beautiful location and lovely food. Worth a drive and a lemonade just for the view even if you don’t eat there.
Clitheroe – The Emporium or Holmes Mill – the perfect places to stop for a coffee or lunch whilst exploring Clitheroe. Holmes Mill Beer Hall is the home of Bowland Breweries, with over 42 beers to try!
Breakfasts – The Kitchen Garden at Holden Clough Nursery. Delicious Deli & Cafe, Gisburn. Bashall Barn, Waddington.
If it’s Fish & Chips you’re after – Castle Chippy in Clitheroe is the one, try Les’s home made butter or rag pie.
Takeaways – top tip: with a 6-10 mile round trip put some plates in the oven on low temp ready for your return!
- Chinese/Cantonese – Clitheroe – Ling Hu, Chatburn Road 01200 442 230 or Kong San, York Street 01200 442 218.
- Indian – Clitheroe – Bengal Masala, Moor Lane 01200 444 323 (our favourite)
If you enjoy food and cooking, take a drive out for your fodder:-
Goosnargh Duck – best eaten around the corner from where they are reared at Ye Horns, Horns Lane, Goosnargh, Preston, PR3 2FJ. 01772 865230. Most good butchers in Clitheroe will sell Goosnargh Duck, ie Alpes or Brendan Anderton on King Street.
Potted Shrimps – Baxters located in Morecambe LA4 5PB on Thornton Road. www.baxterspottedshrimps.co.uk. If you want your catch of the day without the drive, visit Wellgate Fisheries in Clitheroe for your fishy needs.
Cheese – Look out for local producers, Procters, Butlers & Singletons. Holmes Mill Food Hall, Booths or Clitheroe Market have the widest selection of local cheese.
Black Pudding – Take in the lively atmosphere of Bury, Best British Market www.burymarket.com or pop into Cowmans Famous Sausage Shop in Clitheroe. The Higher Buck in Waddington usually make a good starter including black pudding – mmmm!
Salt Marsh Lamb – Archers Café at Bolton le Sands serve salt marsh lamb daily at Red Bank Farm. Also available at Holker Hall Garden & Food Hall along with venison and shorthorn beef www.holker.co.uk/holker-hall-and-gardens/food-hall.html.
Other local treats to look out for are Fisherman’s Friends, Goosnargh Cakes, Lancashire Hot Pot, Parkin, Mr Fitzpatrick’s Sarsaparilla and don’t forget your stick of Blackpool rock!