Homely pub, serving and baking extraordinary, modern European food. This tastefully renovated pub and restaurant has everything the worldly gourmand could desire, with none of the faff and pretension that usually comes with that title. Wines and beers are plucked from the world’s finest makers while food is served in the clean lines of the restaurant and woody bar. The menu changes often and could include organic salmon croquettes with pea mayonnaise or a Portuguese-style wild garlic custard tart, rump of Bowland beef or Morcambe Bay megrim sole. Homemade pies (Lancashire cheese and potatoe, roast chicken and creamed garlic, with chicken fat pastry) are another strength. With pastries, ice creams, bread, chutneys and more made on site, dessert sees familiar faces pulled off with aplomb. Eccles cakes, vanilla custard, home-made curds and damson compote are just a few examples. A wonderful place to come and recharge the batteries, in one of the country’s overlooked corners.