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Top dining pubs in Ribble Valley

Also known as the food heaven capital of the North, Ribble Valley offers an array of gastronomic experiences, from Michelin-star dining to family-friendly eateries. This is what makes the area so unique. Be it international cuisine or high-quality homegrown produce, there is something to suit every taste.


This striking village Inn combines a bustling country pub with contemporary dining rooms. Feature fireplaces and large central bar and tap room create a series of ambient spaces perfect for drinks with friends, or a special dining experience. Set in the lush Forest of Bowland, between Longridge and Chipping, the Derby Arms is popular with walkers who are able to enjoy some of the most remote walks in the English countryside. Less than 0.5miles from The Shippon so you can enjoy a drink and walk back.

The choice of food is good and a lot of fresh seafood on the specials. Lovely inn with roaring fires in the colder months. A must visit and all our guests receive 20% of their food bill.


This Lancashire heavyweight, which dates back to the 1300s, deservedly has an excellent reputation. It has picked up many awards for its food and head chef Jamie Cadman, steers this ship successfully while flying the flag for Lancashire food.
Expect seasonal grouse from Lancashire Moor, pheasant and partridge from the Dunsop shoot and Bowland beef and Lonk lamb from Burholme Farm, all of which can be seen from this wonderful, rural inn. Most evenings there will be plenty of diners waiting for an opportunity to sample food from this delightful menu, as well as to drink in the truly beautiful views and surroundings. There are in-house vintners able to offer an extensive and interesting range of wines, with up to twenty available by the glass.
Inn at Whitewell, near Clitheroe,


The country pub in Newton-in-Bowland is a cracker. Amazing cooking using the best produce from the Trough of Bowland is what this place is all about. Food here is a celebration. As you would expect, seasonal produce is well used too and local ales get a good show. The menu is brimming with hearty fare as well as dishes with a global influence.
Parkers Arms, Newton-in-Bowland, near Clitheroe,


This delightful country pub provides what some have described as a memorable gastronomic experience. And one visit to the Freemasons at Wiswell will make you realise its just not all talk. Chef patron Steven Smith, born in Blackburn, learned his much lauded culinary skills in some of the north’s top establishments before he decided to strike out on his own. It was the first pub in the history of the Good Food guide to receive seven out of ten and it took the top spot in the guide’s Top 50 Pubs list.
Freemasons at Wiswell,


Situated in Hurst Green, the home of the Tolkien Trail, The Shireburn Arms is a 17th century inn with great character. Head chef Tom Drinkall serves up beautiful food that puts Lancashire produce in the spotlight. The pub’s patio areas to the front and rear are the ideal place to enjoy it and soak up the sun in the summer.
The Shireburn Arms, Whalley Road, Hurst Green

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