The Three Fishes is situated in the delightful hamlet of Mitton in the heart of the Ribble Valley and perfectly positioned to enjoy all that we have to offer

Fine walks, riverbanks, visits to iconic Ribble Valley landmarks such as Stonyhurst College and Browsholme Hall, and a host of summer events are all within walking or driving distance of the iconic Three Fishes at Mitton.

Completely refurbished in 2013, the inn has a dedicated team of experienced chefs headed up by Ian Moss and supported by the equally friendly and efficient front of house team.

The menu stays true to the philosophy created by Nigel Haworth at Northcote, which is part of the same group. Based upon relationships with local suppliers, this is key to the consistency, quality and taste – all vital ingredients ensuring an enjoyable dining experience in what is one of the beacons of the Ribble Valley gastro-pub dining scene.

The Three Fishes is open seven days a week serving food from noon to 9pm – an important point as not all Ribble Valley restaurants are open early in the week. The full main menu is available all day Sunday alongside a host of specials and roasts.

As we arrived around 4pm on a Bank Holiday Monday to enjoy a late lunch we were struck immediately by the diverse group of diners – some of them al fresco as it was a beautiful Ribble Valley day, plenty of walkers back from their travels, as featured in the ‘Go Walking with Ribble Valley Inns’ available inside the pubs and also on-line.

My daughter and her friend were home from university and eager to catch up after a few months apart. Seasonal specials of cod and asparagus and a delicious, hearty dish of Jersey Royal new potatoes with local pork got their vote and both were polished off in record time.

My starter of crab and asparagus was fresh, light and delicate, bursting with flavour. A main course highlight from the salad section was a delicious crispy chili squid and Yorkshire chorizo salad – Emily did however succumb to a delicious side of chips in dripping ‘to balance things out’!

I must mention the fine selection of cask ales – my ‘Pheasant Plucker’ from local micro-brewery Bowland Brewery is my current favourite tipple and my wife Liz enjoyed a fresh rhubarb gin and ginger ale over ice. The girls, both driving, were able to choose from the extensive range of soft drinks and an impressive choice of non-alcoholic cocktails. Unsurprisingly the incredibly carefully selected wine list boasts a host of wines from around the world to try.

No meal in our house is compete without pudding. Emily loves ice cream and she quickly regressed to her childhood when she saw ‘create your own sundae’ on the menu. A decadent mix of ice cream and a host of toppings was a real treat whilst my in-season rhubarb and custard was sweet and exceedingly tasty.

So with all this in mind, if you’re here on holiday or a regular day visitor – please take time and enjoy the very best of the Three Fishes. Perfectly located in the heart of beautiful countryside, this vibrant, rural inn has so much to offer!

Three Fishes
Mitton Road, Mitton BB7 9PQ
01254 826888



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