The Inn at Whitewell

Pub with rooms in Whitewell, Lancashire

From £132 per night

Curator's notes:

  • Stunning riverside and moorland setting
  • Wonderfully relaxed and quirky interior
  • Bedrooms exude country-house style
  • Great food, sourced from local farms
Enquire to book

Speak to us on +44 (0)20 8161 0100

Overview

Set on the banks of the river Hodder amid the breathtaking beauty of the Trough of Bowland is the glorious Inn at Whitewell. With local fishing rights, guided walks and a rambling premises which includes a thriving wine merchant and shop, there is plenty to keep guests occupied.

The whole place is wonderfully relaxed, laid-back and mildly eccentric with a lived-in country-house feel. Expect a hotchpotch of antique furnishings and paintings, blazing log fires, heavy beams and colourful rugs on stone or wood floors throughout the taproom, the library and warren of dining areas. The views across the river valley and surrounding moorland are spectacular from almost every room. On sunny days, arrive early to bag one of the teak tables on the fabulous front terrace.

Rooms from

Doubles and twins: £132


Good to know

  • Amex not accepted, Visa / Mastercard / Maestro all accepted
  • Parking available
  • Private and alfresco dining

Quiet romance
Book a table in the candelit restaurant and enjoy the luxurious rooms.

Outdoor adventures
The inn is in the heart of prime shooting, cycling and walking country - bring your dog, don your boots and ramble across the fabulous local countryside.

Water and waves
With seven miles of fishing right and guided fishing excursions available, the Inn at Whitewell is the perfect spot to soak up the gorgeous river Hodder.

Rooms

The 23 bedrooms ramble across the upper floors and adjoining coach house - each has been individually decorated in classic country-house style as befits this grand old inn. Rooms boast comfort and good taste, with luxurious Colefax & Fowler fabrics, antique furnishings, fine old prints and paintings, sofas and wing chairs, superb stereo systems and retro-style phones.

If you're not feeling pampered enough, seven rooms also have peat fires to make those winter evenings a little more cosy, while the big bathrooms boast incredible Victorian bathing machines, thick towels and bathrobes. The best and largest rooms overlook the river and the wild moorland beyond. Visitors who fancy staying longer with friends or family should book The Piggeries, a beautifully restored and delightfully furnished three-bedroomed cottage just a short stroll from the inn.

Restaurant & bar

Serving up delicious plates of modern British cooking, the menu in the bar focuses on satisfying dishes such as potted crab, traditional fish pie or Cumberland sausages. The candlelit restaurant offers more elegant, extravagant dishes. The local area provides the kitchen with fantastic beef and lamb from Burholme Farm down the road and great game from the Dunsop shoot, while other produce is sourced from around the Ribble Valley. Round off with a plate of Lancashire cheeses and a glass of Quinta Nova port.

With no shop for miles around, hampers and picnic lunches are available to order - perfect if you wish to head off into hills for all-day walks and bike rides, or fancy a spot of fishing or shooting.

Things to do

For a little injection of history, head to Gawthorpe Hall in Padiham. Sir Charles Barry, who designed London's Palace of Westminster, was responsible for the striking interiors of this imposing house outside Burnley. Gawthorpe Hall was once home to the Kay-Shuttleworth family, influential figures in the local textile industry. There are paintings here on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, so it's worth the visit.

The rugged grandeur of the nearby Forest of Bowland is a spectacular part of Britain's Pennine landscape. The forest is characterised by steep-sided valleys and tracts of heather-covered grouse moor. In addition to gentler routes and family rambles, there are several long-distance trails to enjoy - including the Ribble Way and the Pendle Way. For something a little different, try the 9km-Tolkien Trail at Hurst Green, north of Blackburn.

Getting here

Directions

Nearest train station: Clitheroe
Taxi from station: 18min
Drive: 40min from Lancaster, 42min from Preston, 51min from Blackpool

Address

Nr Clitheroe, Whitewell, Lancashire BB7 3AT

Enquire to book

To make a booking, please use the form below or you can call our reservations team on 020 8161 0100. Our phone lines are open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5.30pm.

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