Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Clitheroe
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Clitheroe restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 8 restaurants in Clitheroe and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Clitheroe restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. La Locanda Italian restaurant in Gisburn Main Street - BB7
“Possibly the most authentic Italian food in the north of England, and with no compromise to British ideas of what Italian food is” – this converted old cottage on the A59 is “somewhat reminiscent of an agriturismo, but casting its net over Italy, serving various cuisines rather than just one”. Maurizio Bocchi is the chef, while his wife Cinzia runs front of house, and “their knowledge of oils and wines is amazing” (“olive oil is a speciality verging on obsession and the all-Italian wine list is full of excellent wines you've never heard of, all at very fair prices”). “The food is hearty enough for a rural Lancastrian appetite” – “pastas, particularly the home made ones, are always excellent, fish is always very good, but meat tends to be overcooked in that curiously Italian manner”.
2. The Inn at Whitewell Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Clitheroe Forest of Bowland - BB7
This famous, “charmingly old-fashioned” eighteenth-century inn has been run by the Bowman family for three generations and is set in the stunning landscape of the Forest of Bowland – bang in the middle of what the Office of National Statistics says is the happiest place to live in Britain. All reports give a solid thumbs-up to its traditional cooking and high quality cellar, but it somewhat lacks the profile of yesteryear.
3. The Spread Eagle British, Modern restaurant in Clitheroe Sawley - BB7
2017 Review: On the edge of the Ribble Valley, by the river opposite a ruined abbey, “one of the most popular pub-restaurants” in the region, thanks to its “always excellent food” and “great beer”.
4. The Assheton Arms Fish & seafood restaurant in Clitheroe
This “lovely gastropub in the pretty village of Downham, under the shadow of Pendle Hill” is part of Jocelyn Neve’s Seafood Pub Company – the interior has been “completely renovated”, but retains a proper atmosphere with its “roaring fires”. Views on its performance diverged a little last year: most reports suggest the “excellent fish and seafood is definitely worth going for”, but a couple of mixed reports (“good but not as good as it was”; “trying hard but no organisation”) sound a warning note.
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