Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Ribchester
Hardens guides have spent 32 years compiling reviews of the best Ribchester restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 5 restaurants in Ribchester and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Ribchester restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Northcote British, Modern restaurant in Langho Northcote Rd - BB6
“Lancashire hospitality at its best” but in a thoroughly forward-looking vein has won rightful acclaim for this much-extended manor house, in the Ribble Valley (which stands immediately off the A59). “The team of chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen and MD and cellarmaster Craig Bancroft are paired like the best food and wine” and staff “remain fun, focused and dedicated”. Lisa manages to juggle her increasing TV fame with delivering “really elegant and fabulously balanced menus” (“always enhanced with fabulous wine pairings” overseen by Craig); and “despite running an exceptional kitchen, she still finds time to pop out to chat to dinner guests”. Grievous complaints are notable by their absence, although the niggle that “portions are definitely on the ungenerous side” surfaced in a couple of reports this year, as did the notion that the overall style “seems just a little more ‘corporate’ since it has joined ownership with The Stafford in London”. But “for a special occasion, it's hard to beat” and “divine bedrooms add to the fabulous experience”. A highpoint of the year is the international gastronomic festival called Obsession which they run annually in January and February, which “has grown over 20 years from them chasing chefs to attend, to restaurants now asking how they can be considered for one of the nights”. “We try to go here at least once a year… well worth the 3-hour drive!”
2. YU Chinese restaurant in Copster Green 500 Longsight Rd - BB1
“Victor Yu has a quite brilliant menu and wine list”, say fans of his roadside Chinese, “stylishly” converted from a former boozer on the A59. “Folk travel from all over” – “there’s a party atmosphere in the bar and the fact it’s packed every service means they are doing something very right”.
3. Bukhara Indian restaurant in Preston 154 Preston New Rd - PR5
2021 Review: This large, modern roadside outfit, just off the M6 near Preston, has established an enviable reputation for its “well cooked, authentic Indian food” over the last 15 years. “Pity it looks rather like a works canteen”. Important to note: it is alcohol free.
4. Clog & Billycock British, Traditional restaurant in Pleasington Billinge End Rd - BB2
2019 Review: “Back on form and deservedly popular” – this well-known, “comfortable” gastropub on the ‘Yellow Hills’ achieved more consistent ratings this year for it’s “mixture of pub classics, sharing boards and seasonal specials”. As our survey was concluding in May 2018, it was sold, along with its Ribble Valley Inn stablemates, to the Brunning & Price group.
5. The Three Fishes British, Traditional restaurant in Whalley Mitton Rd - BB7
“Hurrah! Nigel Haworth has come out of retirement, and he’s also brought/bought the original pub of Northcote's former Ribble Valley Inns out of retirement” – which means that this long-time champion of Lancashire gastronomy is at the helm here for the second time in 20 years. He also “seems to have done the impossible: found some good front-of-house staff and trained them well”. Most reports eulogise “spot-on meals” that are “so well thought out and good value for the quality” (although one or two dissenters dragged the ratings down.) Top Tip – “a big cheer for Lancashire cheese ice cream… it’s fabulous!”
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