The Inn at Whitewell

Whitewell, Lancashire

There is an outdoorsy, tally-ho vibe about Charles Bowman’s rural inn on the banks of the River Hodder, with views to the Forest of Bowland. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

There is an outdoorsy, tally-ho vibe about Charles Bowman’s rural inn on the banks of the River Hodder, with views to the Forest of Bowland. With its stone-flagged flooring, mullioned windows, hunting prints, stags’ heads, stuffed game birds and ‘copious supply of umbrellas’, it brings forth colourful reports from readers. Bedrooms are furnished with antiques, perhaps a four-poster or Savoir bed, an open fire or longcase clock. They are spacious, though one had a bathroom ‘designed for a very thin giant’. A coach house room, up a steep slope, had a ground-floor bathroom and ‘effectively a suite’ above, with a Victorian canopy bath, ‘an extraordinary museum piece’. ‘The food is outstanding, both in the bar and the restaurant. Especially good were the queen scallops in garlic, to say nothing of lobster bisque and lamb with white beans and parsley mash.’ ‘Grouse was available, this being a grouse-shooting area, and we soon got the hang of waiting in the bar for the specials board to appear.’ ‘One rings down for complimentary tea when one wakes in the morning – what a luxury!’ (John Saul, Rodney and Mary Milne-Day, and others)

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 (wild-flower meadow, large river terrace with tables), 7 miles' fishing (ghillie available), main bar, hall, reception wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms, public rooms, not in main dining room.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £99–£185, double £137–£256. 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