The Ribble Valley, whilst regarded by many as a sleepy, rural part of the North West, is packed with a whole range of fabulous places to visit. Staying over?… we can help with that. Hungry? – we know a few places. Got children? – we’ve got the perfect idea. Shopping? -ahem….! We thought we would narrow down a few places and let you do the rest!
So, in no particular order…
1. The Higher Buck: A traditional informal pub atmosphere with some modern tasteful touches, offering excellent food & seven beautifully furnished bedrooms. With much of their food produced locally plus a well stocked bar serving fine local ales as well as an impressive wine list you will not be disappointed!
2. Benedicts of Whalley: Listed at number 9 in The Times top 25 places in the UK for brunch in 2014 and listed again in November 2015 you cannot not afford to miss this little delight. Located in the centre of the picturesque village of Whalley it has become the perfect place to meet up with friends. An extension of the café bar is B’s Delicatessen which stocks the best produce the farmers and food producers of Lancashire have to offer alongside unusual and exotic treats from further afield.
3. Northote: Chef Patron Nigel Haworth, together with Managing Director Craig Bancroft and the team are dedicated to their vision of ensuring the perfect experience at Northcote. This luxury hotel with a Michelin star restaurant is renowned for its fine cuisine and serves traditional Lancashire recipes with a modern twist, created from local produce and offers 26 individually styled luxurious bedrooms.
4. D.Byrne Wine Shop: A family owned multi-award winning independent fine wine and spirit merchants which has been trading in Clitheroe for over 130 years. This Victorian shop, with its towering shelves groaning with bottles and warren of underground cellars, is a magnet for wine lovers from all over the country. It’s a must go to for us!
5. Assheton Arms: Boasting stunning views of Pendle Hill, this traditional country inn, perfect for a drink with friends or a meal out, has a great atmosphere created by their drinkers and diners. They source the best of British produce to ensure high levels of quality and consistency with daily changing specials. Staying over? They have 12 bedrooms are available for bookings!
6: THE STUDIO at Bashall Barn: Browse and be stunned by the bespoke fine art commissions by portrait artist John Rotherham and landscape artist Cassandra Batterby which enable you to create your own original painting direct from their artists. In addition, they offer a range of original paintings and sculptures all available to purchase.
7. Bashall Barn: You could spend an afternoon here with its rural retail outlet, coffee shop, ice cream parlour and national award winning restaurant! The core of the farm shop is the food that is made in their own kitchens for you to take home and enjoy. From ready meals and cakes to jams and preserves they have a team of professionals slicing, dicing, bubbling and baking to bring you the best home made food you can buy!
8. Clitheroe Castle: Clitheroe Castle Museum stands high on Castle Hill, in the shadow of the keep, an image which has dominated Clitheroe’s skyline for over 800 years. It tells the story of Clitheroe and its surrounding area: the formation of the land 350 million years ago; the people who have lived in the area – their work, their homes, their leisure times; and legends and folklore. With something for everyone to unleash your imagination – explorer back packs and searches, to oral history recordings and the Victorian kitchen – Clitheroe Castle Museum makes for a great day out
9. Paint Pot: A ‘Paint Your Own’ Pottery Studio and retail outlet, this is the ideal place to express your imagination and to produce a piece of pottery that is truly individual. Whether you are looking for a personalised gift, first foot handprints captured on pottery or a unique keepsake, you will find it all at Paint Pot. You will be guaranteed a warm welcome and fabulous hour or so of fun!
10. Melt: Well surely we can mention melt… wake up relaxed from your night in the Ribble valley, enjoy a stroll around the Castle, bring out the artist in you at Paint Pot, collect a bottle of wine (for later!) from D Byrne, book your meal at whichever of the above takes your fancy and then leave a hour to visit us. We have prosecco….
Whatever you choose… have a FABULOUS Easter break and come and say hi!
Easter Opening Hours:
Good Friday: Closed
Easter Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Easter Sunday: Closed
Easter Monday: 12pm – 4.30pm
Rest of the week normal hours: Tues – Sat 10am – 5pm, Sunday: 12p – 4.30pm