The Ribble Valley is synonymous with stunning scenery, historic villages and a host of incredible pubs and restaurants, and it could be said that the Coach & Horses is the jewel in the crown

The Coach and Horses is, from the exterior, a very pretty country pub, but this one has been lovingly restored into a tour de force with a fine local menu, luxury rooms and an on-site brewery.

Conveniently positioned close to the A59, this Bolton-by-Bowland coaching inn has seven beautifully renovated bedrooms each totally unique in style and décor.

Boasting a welcoming copper clad bar, the immaculate restaurant offers dishes that strive to exceed all expectations.

Chef Ian Moss has devised a great menu which caters for every taste – there is a sandwich menu popular at lunchtimes with walkers and locals as well as hearty classics using the finest local produce, that have been given extra flair with creative interpretations.

Working alongside the chef, owners Sue and Ko are constantly elevating and evolving the menu. This is a place that likes to turn out classic yet simple food exceedingly well as opposed to complex dishes that are mediocre. Locals are joined by foodies from across the region who share a love of fine food and drink – the inn has its own micro-brewery, Four Mice, to cater for the demand for locally brewed cask ale as well as an interesting, well-priced wine list.

The menu, which changes regularly, features some great seasonal starters – including ham hock terrrine, steamed mussels with chilli, pan seared scallops and fishcake. All the starters are well thought-out introductions to the main courses, which can feature classics such as Lancashire cheese and onion pie, steak and ale pie, pan-fried halibut and a superb Provençale fish stew, accompanied by aioli, rouille and a crouton.

On the dessert menu expect to find chocolate fondant and a tart of the day, or local artisan cheeses to finish off your dining experience at the Coach and Horses. Whatever your reason for visiting the Ribble Valley, the Coach and Horses has to be on your ‘to-do’ list – it’s a fascinating inn steeped in history, that has been wonderfully renovated and with a host of dining options that are sure to meet with much appreciation and approval. Try it!

Coach and Horses
Main Street, Bolton-by-Bowland BB7 4NW
01200 447331



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