The Inn at Whitewell

Whitewell, Lancashire

‘Conjuring up an image of a heartier England, with hunting, idiosyncratic aristocracy and solid home comforts’, this ‘great inn’ continued to delight readers this year. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Conjuring up an image of a heartier England, with hunting, idiosyncratic aristocracy and solid home comforts’, this ‘great inn’ continued to delight readers this year. In ‘a stunningly beautiful location on the banks of the River Hodder’, in the care of third-generation owner Charles Bowman, it has ‘grand, eccentric decor’, blazing fires, antiques, paintings. Every bedroom has something special – a four-poster, a peat fire, a grandfather clock, a modern wet room or Victorian cabinet bath and vintage weighing scales. The views are ‘some of the best in England’, with ‘the Forest of Bowland fells folding into the distance’. A refurbished Room 7, with Savoir bed, ‘looked smarter, and its bathroom, with an epic-sized bath and cabinet shower, remained as majestically luxurious as ever’. Hearty bar meals include the ‘deservedly famous Whitewell fish pie’, while in the restaurant, Jamie Cadman’s menus bring such dishes as roast rack of salt marsh lamb, crushed minted peas, rosemary tomatoes, lemon and mint jelly. A less good breakfast (‘overcooked bacon, no freshly squeezed juice’) was not enough to take off the shine. ‘The place never fails to impress.’ (Mike Craddock, RM, ML)

Hotel details




01200 448222


23. 4 in coach house, 
150 yds, 2 on ground floor.


all year.


3 bars, restaurant, boardroom, private dining room, in-house wine shop, spa treatments, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 5-acre grounds (wild flower meadow, large river terrace with tables), 7 miles fishing (ghillie available), main bar, hall, reception wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music



all ages welcomed.


allowed in bedrooms, not in dining room.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.


per room B&B single £99–£225, double £137–£278. À la carte £40.

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Comments about The Inn at Whitewell

We have just had a return visit. It is even better than we remembered. The food is outstanding, both in the bar and the restaurant. The housekeeping is exemplary ,and all the staff are friendly and helpful. The bar is packed every night but the food arrives quickly. One rings down for complimentary tea when one wakes in the morning-what a luxury! - Mary Milne-Day - May 2019
It never ceases to impress. Stunning location. Busy but tranquil at night. Décor grandly eccentric, conjuring up an image of a heartier England of the past. I could happily dine every day on the fish pie. - Mike Craddock - August 2018
A lovely place to stay. We enjoyed the food and drink. The atmosphere is informal and friendly but totally professional. - Rosemary Melling - April 2018
A lovely atmosphere; a warm welcome, an excellent, large bedroom. The food is good and reasonably priced. The bar can get busy; the restaurant is more relaxed. The cooked breakfasts were good but the healthy options were limited. An open fire here and there, and a good selection of daily papers. They provide an excellent guide to local walks. They organised a ghillie - very professional - who made the day enjoyable. - Max Lickfold - November 2017

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide