The Inn at Whitewell

Whitewell, Lancashire

On the banks of the River Hodder in the Forest of Bowland, this 'cheerful, doggy' inn is chock-full of tradition, with stone-flagged floors, open fires, oak furniture and walls bedecked with paintings and hunting cartoons. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

On the banks of the River Hodder in the Forest of Bowland, this ‘cheerful, doggy’ inn is chock-full of tradition, with stone-flagged floors, open fires, oak furniture and walls bedecked with paintings and hunting cartoons. Run by third-generation Bowmans with a team of ‘extremely friendly and helpful staff’, it serves local ales in the bar and has a good reputation for its food. Chef Jamie Cadman turns out ‘outstanding’ dishes such as slow-roast belly pork, whole roast grouse (in season) and a famed fish pie. Although carnivore heavy, the menu has ‘good vegetarian and vegan options’. There’s an ‘excellent’ wine list, too – and a wine shop if something takes your fancy. Bedrooms, including four outside rooms up a steep slope, are furnished with antiques, country-print fabrics and handsome artwork. Many have working fires, some have Victorian cabinet baths, four-posters, and restful river views. If you want to take full advantage of the waterside setting, there are seven miles of riverbank fishing, with the services of a ghillie should you need them. ‘We couldn’t recommend it more highly.’ (JS, R and MM-D)

Hotel details

Address

Whitewell
Clitheroe
Lancashire
BB7 3AT
England

Telephone

01200 448222

Bedrooms

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

Open

all year.

Facilities

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

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed, cots £6, extra bed £35.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms (no charge), public rooms, not in main dining room.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £140, singles from £100. 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