12 idyllic country inns
Who can resist the summer charms of a country tavern? LYDIA TEWKESBURY goes on a pub crawl to find some of our most idyllic inns
These days our eating options are countless. From sleek chain restaurants to contemporary, minimalist eateries some might call hipster, it’s a testament to the enduring charm of a country pub that we continue to flock to them in large numbers. Perfect year round, but they are particularly attractive in the summer when we like to escape the city and head for the hills. We’re positively spoiled for choice in Lancashire and the Lakes. With many delightful venues tucked away in the rolling countryside – some in areas of oustanding natural beauty – we have some of the best beer-witha-view options in the UK. With outstanding culinary talent, the
freshest local ingredients and the best northern ales, the country pub is more than able to give their townie counterparts a run for their money.
Nestled in the untouched conservation village of Downham, the awardwinning Assheton Arms boasts spectacular views of Pendle Hill and the surrounding countryside. Part of the Seafood Pub Company, the menu offers guests a combination of sumptuous fish dishes and hearty, traditional pub fare. When the sun shines, enjoy a pint in front of the stunning countryside.