The Inn at Whitewell

Whitewell, Lancashire

Overlooking the River Hodder in the Forest of Bowland, this sprawling 18th-century manor house is joyously traditional, with stone-flagged floors, open fires and bags of atmosphere. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Overlooking the River Hodder in the Forest of Bowland, this sprawling 18th-century manor house is joyously traditional, with stone-flagged floors, open fires and bags of atmosphere. Run by third-generation Bowmans, with ‘very friendly and helpful staff’, it is cheery and dog-friendly, with local ales in the bar and an established reputation for its food. ‘The evening meals in the bar were excellent.’ An 11-strong kitchen brigade turns out dishes such as slow-roast lamb shoulder, pan-fried sea bass with olive tapenade, and a famed fish pie; vegetarian dishes, too. The bar is ‘packed every night’ but service is still slick. Readers praised the ‘excellent wine list (and wine shop)’. Bedrooms, with six in converted outbuildings, some up a slope, are wonderfully individual, some verging on the flamboyant. Expect antiques, deep sofas, thick curtains, books and handsome artwork. Many have working fires or wood-burners, some have beams, hand-painted wallpaper, Victorian cabinet baths and four-posters. Go fishing (there are seven miles of river available), borrow an electric bike or enjoy a board game by the fire.

Hotel details

Address

Whitewell
Clitheroe
Lancashire
BB7 3AT
England

Telephone

01200 448222

Bedrooms

25. 4 in coach house, 2 in former barn, 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 £145, singles from £103. 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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Information from the 2022 Good Hotel Guide.