I Didn't Mean To Dress Like Julie Andrews & The Perfect Country Pub


The hills are alive with the sound of "quick take it before somebody comes." Yesterday I donned a summer frock, inadvertently dressing as Julie Andrews, and headed to the Forest of Bowland for pretty views and a slap up lunch ... after a few quick photos and asking Oliver to hold my stuff while I climbed over a gate that he then opened and walked through. You can take the girl out of Preston, but you can't take the Preston out the girl.

We'd had our sights set on the Inn at Whitewell since Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon paid it a visit on The Trip and thankfully it lived up to the hype. In fact it's exactly what you'd expect from a rural inn, traditional, homely and unspoiled.

With other commitments later that day we were short on time so ate from the Bar Luncheon menu, rather than in the main Dining Room. Food in the bar is served at set times, lunch is 12:00 until 2:00, and reservations can't be made so we arrived bang on 12:00 to avoid disappointment. 
The outdoor seating area with views of rolling hills was already full so I commiserated myself with a crisp white wine (spritzer - my wild days are behind me) and settled for an indoor window seat. Life can be so tough can't it.

You've got to be tactical when a place is this good. I'm thinking 11:55am arrival next time, starting block and pistol. 

The Inn At Whitewell

I had a Thai Chicken Salad which was lovely and light at lunchtime and might have had a side of homemade chips "cooked the old-fashioned way." Is it even a proper pub lunch if you don't have potato in some form??

Food is made from local produce and cooked "simply to let the real quality shine through." Great food, great location and a perfect relaxed environment. Bonus points added for having an on site wine shop too! Nice little treat to take home.

Rooms for the night are available too and although we didn't stay this time I've done some pretty extensive stalking on-line and would love to go back. Each room is individually decorated and shown on their website so you can choose the specific room that catches your eye. 
I won't rest until I've spent the night in Room 16. I'm thinking Autumn when the days are getting shorter. We'll take a walk in the countryside wrapped up in cosy scarfs, then head back to the Inn for good wine, food and a four poster bed. Heaven. 

To round this post off nicely, I think I know the answer to an age-old question; 

How do you solve a problem like Maria? 

Treat her to a nice bottle of Terre Sicilliane Nero d'Avola? Just a suggestion...


Thanks so much for reading. Do you have any hidden gems in the North that are a must visit? I'm always on the look out for new places to try so feel free to let me know in the comments.

Until next time,

Elaine x x

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