survey result

Summary

£67
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The pies are world-beating and the staff are the friendliest people ever!” at this ever more famous pub in the Forest of Bowland – nowadays one of the top 100 most commented-on destinations outside London in our annual diners’ poll, and fans still say “impossible to fault” thanks to its “brilliant and varied cuisine at great-value prices”. “Chef Stosie Madi’s star is burning bright, and rightly so, with daily- or twice-daily-changing menus using produce that’s as local and as seasonal as possible (which often means foraged by Madi on the days they’re not open)”. “The food continues to be exceptional, and the most reliable for miles, combining an unerring flair for simple deliciousness with a remarkable mastery of a whole range of techniques”. All this said, popularity is starting to weigh somewhat on feedback. “Prices are still not punishing, but they are much-increased, and the menu is now restricted to a three-course format, with appearances on the Hairy Bikers and the Top 50 Gastropubs keeping them full”. And disappointments – though still largely drowned out by fanboying feedback – are no longer completely unknown (“it’s just a pie when all’s said and done, but the cost!”)

Summary

£67
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Stosie Madi and her team draw folk for many miles to remote Newton-in-Bowland for some of the best and freshest dishes ever” note fans of this ever-more famous pub, in the Forest of Bowland: one of the most commented-on country destinations in our annual diners’ poll. “Even as a regular, it's getting hard to get a table given her seasonal and fabulous cooking: a combination of sheer simplicity, classic technique, and (if you're lucky) flavours from Madi’s Lebanese (etc) heritage”. “Her understanding of flavours is sublime… no wonder she’s knocking awards out like a fast lunch service!” “AJ runs the bar with a bewildered look of surprise and the punters love it.” Top Menu Tip – the pies.

Summary

£65
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“There’s not a better dining pub in the land” than this “middle-of-nowhere village inn” which enjoys a “picture perfect” location in the Forest of Bowland; and whose growing fame now makes it one of the more commented-on destinations in our annual diners’ survey. “In terms of surroundings, it's a bit rough and ready” but enlivened by the “idiosyncratic, human and always-friendly hospitality whether you're a regular, occasional or first-time visitor”. The main draw, though, is chef Stosie Madi’s “consistently superbly conceived and executed dishes”“if you've never had one of Stosie's pies, you are missing out on one of life’s treats” – and results generally are “exceptional, championing very local produce, and often with a Middle Eastern twist”.

Summary

£48
   ££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“An exceptional place”, whose “glorious” location places it “in the middle of nowhere (or the middle of God’s own country, depending on your point of view)”. “It’s the most welcoming pub you could wish for” with “always a warm welcome from AJ and Ben”. Chef Stosie Madi “cooks intelligently and from the heart” displaying “a knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of cuisines, plus classical and non-classical techniques”; and “her food is modern, fresh and bursting with flavour”. “When in season there’s no better place to enjoy stunning game, fish is perfectly cooked” and “even the simple things like pies are done so well, you end up thinking that this must be what other pies want to be when they grow up”.

For 33 years we've been curating reviews of the UK's most notable restaurant. In a typical year, diners submit over 50,000 reviews to create the most authoritative restaurant guide in the UK. Each year, the guide is re-written from scratch based on this survey (although for the 2021 edition, reviews are little changed from 2020 as no survey could run for that year).

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Hall Gate Hill, Newton-in-Bowland, BB7 3DY

Restaurant details

Highchair,Menu,Portions
Yes
50
No dress code
80

The Parkers Arms Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Parkers Arms Restaurant in BB7, Newton-in-Bowland by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Parkers Arms restaurant.
Alistair S
A few years since last visit, everything ra...
Reviewed 1 months, 25 days ago

"A few years since last visit, everything raised a notch, a bit less rustic though still a pub with good food vibe. £50 for three courses of this quality still feels good value. Sweet unctuous ox heart with red wine and excellent chips, half lobster in bisque reduction and carrot puree, sea bass with sea herbs all hits. Not enough room for pies - neighbouring table swooned over chicken and wild garlic version. Wines all from star name Byrnes of Clitheroe, cheeses from Courtyard Dairy nearby. The rise of Ribble Valley dining continues. "

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Craig H
The fabled pie was well worth the visit. cu...
Reviewed 2 months, 17 days ago

"The fabled pie was well worth the visit. curried mutton with lamb fat pastry and superb mash. All the food very well cooked and served in a very friendly manner"

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always   £45.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £25.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
Hall Gate Hill, Newton-in-Bowland, BB7 3DY
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
WednesdayCLOSED
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑8:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑8:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑8:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑4 pm

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