My first review of 2018, written entirely because of chance encounter with this old inn, tucked away in the village of Slaidburn in the Forest of Bowland.
After an uneventful New Years Eve and New years Day looking rather wet, we decided to google “Best Lancashire Drives” and were rewarded with an 18 year old Daily Telegraph article. So as a 241 new year sales bonus, before we get to lunch how was the drive?
It was stunning. I’ve been to Bowland a few times now and it really is a hidden gem. The stretch of the drive from Higher Bentham to Slaidburn was quite simply breath taking. 12 miles of uninterrupted single track road, and we didn’t pass one single other car. I’m quite glad actually, although there are an abundance of passing places.
We arrived in Slaidburn wanting to see the Hark to Bounty. I believe the village was actually in Yorkshire until 1974, but we will forgive them for that. The pub’s history is well worth a read and comes complete with a courthouse on the first floor. Now we only called in for a drink and a mid drive call of nature visit, but I couldn’t help having a look at the menu, and the place was filling up, and it’s in the good pub guide and and and, let’s have lunch!
Two pub classics leapt out from the menu. I can’t turn down a Steak & Ale pie and my wife, despite making an excellent Lasagne herself, is partial to eating it from pub and restaurant menu alike.
First the pie. Good shortcrust, tender meat and good ale gravy filling. Served with a bowl of veg and nice chips. Excellent value at £10.
Received good reviews next was the Lasagne. Well layered pasta with good bechamel and plenty of cheese topping, served with Peter Kay’s favourite bread and a side salad.
As you can see, these were washed down with a pint of their well kept bitter (only one given the rest of the drive to be completed of course). The service was very friendly and the atmosphere was very nice as every last table became occupied and the food orders started to flood in.
A lovely old pub in nice village, as part of a drive I would very much like to do again.
Worth a drive out to!