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Ten country pubs within two hours of Manchester

1 year ago

If you’re looking for some fresh air and a lovely bit of proper pub grub, Confidential Guides has got you with our pick of country pubs – all within 2 hours drive from Manchester. And the good news? most of these are dog friendly too, so you can take a hike around our green and glorious land with your best friend, before tucking in to a great pie and chips.

Does it get any better than this?

  • The Parker's Arms is a homely pub serving superb modern European food in Newton-in-Bowland in Lancashire.
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    Parker’s Arms

    Restaurant - European

    The Parker’s Arms is a homely pub, serving and baking extraordinary, modern European food.

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  • Inside The White Swan at Fence - a Michelin star restaurant near Burnley from local chef Tom Parker
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    The White Swan at Fence

    Restaurant - British

    Some folk in the village still refer to The White Swan at Fence as The Mucky Duck and you can still order a pint of Timothy Taylor’s at its very pubby bar. But over recent years The Swan has established itself as a destination fine-dining spot thanks to young chef Tom Parker from up the road in Burnley.

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  • One of the dishes served at The Cartford Inn - a restaurant with rooms near Preston in Lancashire
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    The Cartford Inn

    Restaurant - British

    This historic coaching house serves adventurous British pub food in poetic configurations. Cooking is by mushroom forager and head chef, Chris Bury, whose CV includes the Fat Duck and Claridges, while award-winning suppliers include local wine merchants, D Byrne and Gornall’s dairy, near Preston. The interior, some of which dates back to the 1800s, is packed with wood panels and idiosyncratic artworks while the wider complex takes in glass-clad extensions, an al fresco terrace, and cool, eco-style cabins, integrated into the landscape. A place to get away from it all for a day, or a night – and enjoy some of the best food in the region at the same time.

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    The Angel at Hetton

    Restaurant - British

    One of the stars of TV’s The Trip with Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan – and awarded a Michelin star in 2021 – The Angel at Hetton is the original gastro pub with rooms.

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  • The exterior of The Hinchcliffe Arms - a country pub in Hebden Bridge led by chef Robert Owen Brown
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    The Hinchliffe Arms

    Restaurant - British

    The Hinchliffe Arms delivers full-on British food with flair and imagination. Putting the goodness of earth, river and sea on a plate, head chef and game expert Robert Owen Brown possesses both the skill and character to turn locally caught creatures into the kind of hearty dishes you’ll really want to eat.

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  • Gastropub the Freemasons at Wiswell is situated in the picturesque Ribble Valley in Lancashire
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    Freemasons at Wiswell

    Restaurant - British

    Cooking goes from strength to strength at the Freemasons at Wiswell in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley. Roaring fires, cast-iron fireplaces and pictures of fantastically proportioned livestock lend a cosy vibe to the renovated cottages which make up what’s been described as the original gastropub.

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  • A pub with a view: The White Hart at Lydgate is 700 feet above sea level on the edge of Saddleworth Moor
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    The White Hart at Lydgate

    Restaurant - Modern British

    The White Hart at Lydgate is a rustic dining pub with an excellent reputation and wine list. Located 700 feet above sea level, where Saddleworth Moor starts, the restaurant is in an impressive former coaching house, and it’s a place for all: there’s a restaurant and brasserie with two AA rosettes, a pub, function areas and a boutique hotel.

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  • Inside Hearth of the Ram, one of Confidential Guides' recommended places to eat in Ramsbottom.
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    Hearth of the Ram

    Restaurant - British

    Hearth of the Ram offers extraordinary pub food that reinvents classic local flavours. Head here for confident cooking in a historic, 200-year-old pub on the cusp of the countryside.

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  • The homely interior of The Roebuck Inn in Mobberley, Cheshire
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    The Roebuck Inn

    Restaurant - British

    Multi-award-winning pub in the Cheshire countryside. Winner of countless ‘best pub’ awards, and established in 1708, the latest incarnation of The Roebuck Inn is owned by Cheshire Cat Pubs. The Grade II Listed building is now a bonafide ‘rustic country inn’ with six bedrooms, a bar, a bistro and a tiered beer garden.

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  • Inside the Eagle & Child in Ramsbottom with its views of the Lancashire moors
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    Eagle & Child

    Restaurant - British

    The Eagle & Child is famous for offering excellent Sunday lunches and award-winning pub grub in the hills above Manchester.

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