Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Lancashire
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best Lancashire restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 145 restaurants in Lancashire and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Lancashire restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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. The Parkers Arms
British, Modern restaurant in Newton-in-Bowland
Hall Gate Hill - BB7
“Great folk behind the bar and evident genius in the kitchen” makes it worth a fair-old schlep to this “perfect pub run with love” – a “charming” old inn (“log fires in winter”) in a “picturesque village” in the Forest of Bowland. “Chef Stosie Madi continues to provide some of the most heartfelt, most locally-centred, most seasonal food in Lancashire. Pies are a real highlight with unimprovable pastry and delicious fillings, but the real treat comes when she draws on her heritage to use the local produce in Middle Eastern inspired dishes. The vegetarian and vegan food here can be so attractive that it’s worth foregoing the meat (though maybe not in game season…) – what she can do with a cauliflower, cabbage or wild garlic is remarkable! Service is led by Madi’s business partner, Kathy Smith and her brother AJ” and “there’s always a personal and friendly welcome” (“the best advice is just to go with the flow and enjoy the way they do things”). “I’m glad I don’t live any nearer or I’d be skint!”
Spanish restaurant in Ramsbottom
10 Square St - BL0
“A real taste of Spain in the hills north of Manchester!” – Joe & Fiona Botham “ensure Ramsbottom continues to figure prominently on the foodie map” at this tiny joint (aided by its bar-like sibling, Baratxuri, round the corner). The “bloody good” grub is “generously priced”, and all day long “it buzzes with energy… and it’s remarkable how a couple of backstreet tapas bars manage to attract such competent and friendly staff”. “For Londoners, the 1kg txuleton steak available at weekends for a mere £45 will no doubt seem a bargain!”
. Freemasons at Wiswell
British, Modern restaurant in Wiswell
8 Vicarage Fold Clitheroe - BB7
“Unfairly overlooked by Michelin”, this gourmet village pub continues to produce “some of the finest food in the Ribble Valley” and some locals “are convinced that this place has made Northcote up its game”. “Steve Smith’s cooking has a modern idiom, but draws on classics and there’s a heartiness to many dishes that is both unexpected given its contemporary style, but also keeps it rooted in the building’s heritage as a pub”. All in all “it’s fine dining of a consistently high standard”. But are prices creeping up? In particular “the wine list takes no prisoners (but fortunately there are some good beers too)”.
. Midland Hotel
British, Modern restaurant in Morecambe
Marine Road West - LA4
“It would be difficult to think of a better backdrop to a meal” than the “amazing views across Morecambe Bay to the Lake District” at this “iconic” and “very stylish” art deco hotel. Perhaps surprisingly, the food itself is also “lovely” and “not overpriced” – with the “quintessential English afternoon tea” a continuing highlight.
. Yu And You
Chinese restaurant in Copster Green
500 Longsight Rd - BB1
“An unremarkable building on the A59 between Preston and Clitheroe houses this remarkable Chinese-inspired restaurant”, where the food – “a westernised style” of Cantonese cuisine “like no other” – is “not heavy or greasy”, with “higher quality ingredients than you’ll find in many Chinatown based operations”. Service is “impeccable” too, and even if “the decor is slightly dated” there’s a “buzzing” atmosphere.
. The Assheton Arms
Fish & seafood restaurant in Clitheroe
“In the delightful village of Downham with views of Pendle Hill”, “what is probably the flagship of the ever-growing Seafood Pub Company chain” is “such a charming pub in such a charming setting”. “There’s always lovely fish dishes on offer, sometimes with a quirk added”, but – when it comes to the added embellishments – there is a school of thought that “it would be better if they had the confidence to let the fish speak for itself”.
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