12 idyl­lic coun­try inns

Lancashire Life - - CELEBRITY INTERVIEW -

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.

ASSHETON ARMS

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.

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