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The Inn at Whitewell

Forest of Bowland, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 3AT

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The Inn at Whitewell

Forest of Bowland, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 3AT

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Set on the banks of the river Hodder within the Duchy of Lancaster’s Estate, this 17th century rural inn has wonderful views over the Forest of Bowland. The handsome riverside restaurant with its linen covered tables and open fireplace offers a refined but relaxed dining experience. Starters range from the sophisticated seared king scallops, blush roast tomatoes, cucumber and feta salad to the substantial grilled Bury blackpudding, grain mustard mash, home-made baked beans and brown sauce. Mains might include a roast breast of local Goosnargh cornfed chicken with a home-made sausage with pistachio nuts and parsnip puree. Tuck into a casual lunch of warm crab cakes with home-made spiced tomato ketchup in the elegant yet cosy bar. Local grouse in season is a firm favourite with regulars.

The Inn at Whitewell also has a Pub with Rooms:

The Inn at Whitewell (Pub with Rooms Section)

Inspirations

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10 Best Family Friendly Gastropubs by Andy Lynes

"Set on the banks of the Hodder with views of the Forest of Bowland, the cosy bar of this magnificent inn makes a great destination for a family trip out for a traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings followed by a walk along the river. Dishes like Cumberland bangers and champ from the main menu make perfect mid-week family fare."

Information on The Inn at Whitewell , Forest of Bowland , Clitheroe

Timings: Open: Daily, 12:00-14:00, 19:30-21:30    
Last Orders for Dinner: 21:30
General Info: Seating Capacity: 60
Private Dining: yes for up to 20 guests
Accommodation:  Number of Rooms: 23
Room Prices from: £105
Wheel Chair Access:  Yes
Accreditation: AA Rosette, Good Food Guide 3/10
Local Directions: Please see our website for directions and Map.
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Review of The Inn at Whitewell

Posted on by Stunning PCustomer visited Feb 2017

Visited for a meal an overnight stay in room 20 - arrived early the staff more than happy to show to the room - beautiful- had a lovely lunch and in the evening a fabulous meal with great service. The room was cosy with wonderful views- couldn't have been more perfect


Review of The Inn at Whitewell

Posted on by Lovely MCustomer visited Feb 2017

Had a drive out to Great Harwood so decided to venture a bit further and have a late lunch at Inn at Whitewell. As it was nearly finished we ordered quickly. Fish and chips with mushy peas. Very tasty and large portions. Beautiful surroundingd set by river. Packed! Yes lovely


Review of The Inn at Whitewell

Posted on by Superb PCustomer visited Feb 2017

We regularly eat at the Inn at Whitewell, and the standard of the food has always been excellent. The staff are very welcoming and the service has always been first class. The place has a great atmosphere and on a warm day enjoying a drink on the patio overlooking the River Hodder simply can't be beaten.
Whilst we haven't stayed here yet it is a priority for 2017.


Review of The Inn at Whitewell

Posted on by Memerable PCustomer visited Jan 2017

We had a very lovely weekend in The Piggery with two other couples. Very well appointed with delightful crisp cotton sheets on very comfortable beds. Food in the bar restaurant (we all had dogs who quite rightly are not allowed in the dining room) was delicious and varied. All staff we met couldn't do enough to help us enjoy our stay.


Review of The Inn at Whitewell

Posted on by Superb PCustomer visited Jan 2017

We regularly eat at the Inn at Whitewell, and the standard of the food has always been excellent. The staff are very welcoming and the service has always been first class. The place has a great atmosphere and on a warm day enjoying a drink on the patio overlooking the River Hodder simply can't be beaten.
Whilst we haven't stayed here yet it is a priority for 2017.


Review of The Inn at Whitewell

Posted on by Weekend BCustomer visited Jan 2017

We stayed for our 1st wedding anniversary, 12 months after having spent the night before our honeymoon there.

From our arrival to departure the staff were excellent, with us and our dog. Within five minutes of being taken to our room; someone arrived to light a peat fire and a tray of coffee was delivered. So after half an hour we were toasty warm; cosy and settled in.

We had a lovely dinner in the restaurant, our dog had a snooze in the room whilst we ate and joined us in the bar after for a nightcap.

We came prepared with bowls and for our dog, I'm a little surprised that a previous review has suggested they expected these to be provided by the inn. Dogs diets shouldn't be changed without weaning, we certainly wouldnt give our dog a random food brand he wasnt used to and would fully expect to provide our own food and bowls! Despite this he was treated to a piece of bacon at breakfast .. . More than sufficient effort by the inn.

We had a perfectly lovely stay, its suchba relaxing place to stay. Granted its not like staying at the four seasons with staff falling at your feet to anticipate your every need. .. but thats not what you go there for. Its a beautiful Traditional Inn in stunning countryside,with great food, service and lovely rooms.

Ourselves and our dog had a great stay and will probably return again for our next anniversary.


Review of The Inn at Whitewell

Posted on by What a DCustomer visited Jan 2017

This hotel is simply wonderful. We have stayed here a few times and always feel life's cares recede once snuggling in a cosy room with a real peat brick fire and view to die for. The food is memorable, the service efficient and low key but people-watching here is perhaps my favourite pastime.


Review of The Inn at Whitewell

Posted on by Weekend ACustomer visited Jan 2017

Brilliant. Just come back from two nights at the Inn. From start to finish it was faultless; staff, service, comfort, food... it's a great place for an escape. We had room 9 which is described as quite small. It isn't. We saw rooms 8 and 9 in which friends were staying, and they were larger but all were so unique and just sooooo comfortable.
I know the area quite well, passing through regularly on various motorbikes over the years. Last year I drove through with my wife and stopped at the Inn for the first time, just for lunch.
Quieter, but just as stunning as the Lakes the area is ideal for hunting shooting fishing cycling driving motorcycling, running walking.... Or doing absolutely nothing. Two of our party of six didn't leave the Inn at all!
Perfect, will be back soon


Review of The Inn at Whitewell

Posted on by Truly OCustomer visited Jan 2017

This hotel is an absolute hidden gem. The food is amazing, you must try thier scones if you go there. The hotel rooms are very cosy and just ooze with authenticity. The staff are very friendly and welcoming.

This Inn dates back to the 13th century. The location can be a bit hard to find but it's worth it once you get there. We only wish we had stayed longer. I'm not one for giving 5 stars but the Inn at Whitewell deserves it.

If you appreciate olde world decor and good local fayre then this place is for you.


Review of The Inn at Whitewell

Posted on by Weekend ACustomer visited Jan 2017

Brilliant. Just come back from two nights at the Inn. From start to finish it was faultless; staff, service, comfort, food... it's a great place for an escape. We had room 9 which is described as quite small. It isn't. We saw rooms 8 and 9 in which friends were staying, and they were larger but all were so unique and just sooooo comfortable.
I know the area quite well, passing through regularly on various motorbikes over the years. Last year I drove through with my wife and stopped at the Inn for the first time, just for lunch.
Quieter, but just as stunning as the Lakes the area is ideal for hunting shooting fishing cycling driving motorcycling, running walking.... Or doing absolutely nothing. Two of our party of six didn't leave the Inn at all!
Perfect, will be back soon.


Review of The Inn at Whitewell

Posted on by Bob BCustomer visited Dec 2016

Overnighted here. the setting is lovely; nestled by the river. Room was clean and tidy with lots of charm. Staff were friendly, helpful and supplied the fastest pot of tea to our room ever.
The food is lovely; we decided on the bar rather than the restaurant and the atmosphere was lively. The only issue is parking; it can get very bus.


Review of The Inn at Whitewell

Posted on by Jemmima PCustomer visited Sep 2016

“Already planning the return!”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
What a gem of a place. I didn't know anything about the forest of Bowland and now I've been I can't wait to return! The Inn is warm and welcoming with wonderful food and fabulous rooms. The staff were all (except one) fantastic and the setting is out of this world. I was surprised that mineral water/mini bar wasn't included in the rooms, and the hairdryer was useless. When you're paying over £200 for a room you expect to get good extras.

Some rooms can have fires laid in them which will make for a wonderfully cosy evening in the winter. The only slight issue was if you're staying in the river facing rooms, the noise travels up from the bar if there's a late night session going on. Make sure you request a quiet room. The plumbing in our room was very loud overnight too with gurgling all through the night which didn't make for the most relaxing of nights.

Overall, we loved it and can't wait to return to explore more of the surrounding area.

Room Tip: Ask for a river view room - you will never want to leave!


Review of The Inn at Whitewell

Posted on by Mottley CCustomer visited Sep 2016

“Lovely ”
4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile
My friend Andy organised a surprise meal for myself and my wife. We seemed to drive forever. We arrived in the village it was dark . Almost no where to park. I wasn't expecting anything great. The whole evening was Lovely. Bar staff,serving staff . Everyone we had contact with was Lovely.

Visited September 2016


Review of The Inn at Whitewell

Posted on by Peter DCustomer visited Sep 2016

“The food matches the setting”
4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago via mobile
In a gorgeous part of England is the little village of Whitewell. The Inn offers excellent quality food, a cut above other local restaurants and pubs. Great balcony view over the river. Friendly staff. For those staying over the Hotel reception is through a terrific wine store and bookshop. What temptation.


Review of The Inn at Whitewell

Posted on by John WCustomer visited Sep 2016

“The staff make this a special place”
4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
We stayed for one night in room 6, overlooking the river. The room was lovely and being a suite made it seem like home and made us wish we'd stayed longer. One point, you may need a stepladder to climb into the canopy bed! Dinner in the restaurant was enhanced by excellent service. We stayed with our dog and he was made very welcome.The overall experience was superb and made especially so by the staff who were without exception friendly, helpful and professional.

Room Tip: Room 6 is a suite with lovely views over the river and countryside beyond
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Review of The Inn at Whitewell

Posted on by Malcon MCustomer visited Sep 2016

Paradise in the country!”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
My wife and I have just returned from three days in the Trough of Bowland in North Lancashire, one of the most attractive parts of the U.K. We stayed in the Inn at Whitewell, which is in the middle of glorious countryside and where the loudest noise is birdsong and a gurgling stream. The buildings and surrounding land is owned by Her Majesty, The Queen, but the lease has been held by the Bowman family for three generations. In charge just now is Charlie Bowman, a delightful and exuberant man and with his teenage son, Alex, helping out during school holidays, there may be a fourth generation to come!

The first generation was involved with the premises just after the second World War when Charlie's grandfather Clifford, started running what was then the Whitewall Hotel. In those days, the Hotel was part of the property portfolio of Duttons Breweries. Eventually, Duttons were bought over by Whitbread and Charlie's father, Richard, went to work for Whitbread. He was eventually made Managing Director of Whitbread, but still kept running the Hotel in his "spare time." When he retired from Whitbread, he set about extending and developing the Hotel and created what is the Inn at Whitewell today.

He did a fantastic job because the there are now 23 en suite bedrooms, all individually designed and stuffed with antiques, pictures and prints - really very quirky! In addition to the main building, there is a Coachhouse where we stayed (in room 21) - fantastic, because it also has a private courtyard which was ideal for our standard poodle, Molly. There are also a further 3 bedrooms here and it is less than 80 metres from the Hotel. In addition, there is a letting cottage, called the Piggeries and this is furnished to a wonderfully high standard, sleeping 6. Richard must have been an amazing character, because not only was he a successful businessman, but he was a fine shot, a keen fisherman and he also played cricket for Lancashire, once making an outstanding innings against the West Indies team.

Since Richard passed on, son Charlie is running the business and making an outstanding job of it. The ambience in the hotel is first class and the staff are terrific. Amy, behind the bar, is not only very attractive but efficient and couldn't do enough to help us, exemplifying the great customer service from all the staff. Manager Mark Fletcher has been there for years and Head Chef Jamie Cadman has been there for 15 years. (More of the food and drink soon!) There is an extensive wine list and this is managed by Jonty and Miles and in addition to an eclectic list, there is also a Vintners' Selection featuring wonderful wines costing three figure sums which have been purchased at auction or bought from country houses. People travel from far and wide to buy them.

On our first night, we enjoyed hugely a beautifully cooked main course (we couldn't manage more than one course!). Frances had confit shoulder of lamb with roast garlic and parsley mash, root vegetable, pea puree with a red wine jus. That was £14:50 and looked and tasted so good that I ordered it the next night! I ordered a pink sirloin steak with hand cooked chips and that was first class. At just over £20, it was terrific value for money. We enjoyed hugely a red wine - Banda Azul Rioja Crianza 2013 from Spain and outstanding value for £25. Before dinner, we enjoyed a bottle of Fairhall Sauvignon Blanc 2015 from Marlborough at £28:90 and we sat outside the terrace overlooking the River Hodder and to the fields and hills beyond. Idyllic and infinitely soothing!

The full English breakfast was beautifully cooked and presented and was included in our Superior Room tariff of £200 bed and breakfast per night. For lunch we enjoyed hugely the crispy, deep fried haddock in a beer batter with hand cut chips and ordinary or mushy peas. Fantastic value for £13:50. If you want to go fishing for grayling or trout, the Hotel has a couple of fishing beats or if you want to go walking or cycling through the outstanding countryside, the Inn is a great base. If you wish to stable your horses, this can be done on the adjacent farm. The Inn is also hugely popular as a wedding venue and in our time there this visit, there were two weddings and guests were enjoying themselves in a contiguous marquee.

All in all, if you want peace and quiet in the middle of the countryside with terrific accommodation and outstanding food, the Inn at Whitewell is for you! (Especially if you have a dog, because the bar and all rooms are all dog friendly.)


Review of The Inn at Whitewell

Posted on by Stuart ACustomer visited Sep 2016

Fab food, great atmosphere ”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago via mobile
They actually tell you to arrive @ 7.00 to grab a table if you haven't booked in the restaurant. The bar area is huge and very welcoming with a daily specials board. We had homemade fish cakes followed by roast rib and it was amazing. The patio area looks on to the river and so does some of the tables when dining in. Highly recommended.


Review of The Inn at Whitewell

Posted on by Mandy GCustomer visited Aug 2016

“Stunning location and rooms”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Stayed at the Inn overnight for a wedding and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The staff were friendly and welcoming, the food was fantastic and the room was suitably 'olde worlde' to make the experience a treat.

Room Tip: The rooms at the back of the hotel have spectacular views over the countryside.


Review of The Inn at Whitewell

Posted on by Sue LCustomer visited Aug 2016

“A Gem in the Trough of Bowland”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Called in on spec for lunch midweek. Foodie friends had recommended the Inn so we gave it a try on a pleasant warm and sunny day to break a long journey home. Most impressed by everything we saw. Excellent management, getting the atmosphere of this old world Inn just right. A good and affordable menu without being fussy or pretentious. Thoroughly enjoyed a smoked salmon open sandwich with a most delicate salad dressing. Coffee and tea served from old silver pots, everything served promptly by pleasant and attentive staff. Highly recommended.

Stayed August 2016, travelled as a couple


Review of The Inn at Whitewell

Posted on by Gerald WCustomer visited Aug 2016

“One of our all time favourites”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
The Inn at Whitewell is a very special place to visit, sitting in the trough of Bowland, it is a bit difficult to find hidden just behind the moors above Clitheroe, My wife and I have visited on many occasions sometimes with friends and on many times just the two of us, we usually go for Sunday lunch, up in the hills Lancashire foke dine early, indeed the restaurant stops serving at Two pm, top tip arrive by 1- 1-15 pm and just find a table or join others on the large bench tables in the bar area, or in winter by the fire places which are lit and very appealing to sit by.
Order anything on the menu or specials board, all first class, my ideal meal is to start a pint or two of Guinness accompanied with the Norfolk kippers, and home made bread, very moorish, to follow something of the Blackboard, my wife usually has the lonk lamb, which is always on the menu, great atmosphere throughout, will be going back again and again.
We have not stayed in the accommodation, we will be giving a try one of these days.

Room Tip: All rooms are good some bigger than others


Review of The Inn at Whitewell

Posted on by Alex HCustomer visited Aug 2016

“Fabulous from start to finish”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Visited today for my wife's birthday together with our daughter.

Impressed from the second we walked in until the moment we left

The setting in the restaurant gave wondrous views and the food complimented them perfectly

Highly recommended will definitely return

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