Scenery, History and Fabulous Food
The Ribble Valley is synonymous with stunning scenery, historic villages and a host of incredible pubs and restaurants serving award winning food
Bolton by Bowland is one of the jewels in the Ribble Valley crown, conveniently positioned close to the A59 and just 15 minutes from Clitheroe. Steeped in history and mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1087, King Henry VI sought shelter here after the Battle of Hexham and lived at Bolton Hall with the Pudsay family for over a year. There is still a strong sense of community here today and the local website www.bolton-by-bowland.org is a great source of information if you plan to visit.
At the centre of the village is one of the best local coaching inns owned and renovated by Soo and Ko and their team and where you are guaranteed the warmest of welcomes. Here you’ll find seven beautifully created bedrooms each totally unique in style and décor, lovingly created and offering a range of sizes. Make no mistake these rooms are both fantastic and touches such as coffee machines and quality bathroom products are readily available. The room configurations allow families to share adjoining accommodation as well as rooms perfect for couples seeking a romantic break.
The food on offer at the Coach and Horses caters for every taste and appetite, the sandwich menu is popular at lunchtimes with walkers, residents and locals offering hearty classics using the finest local produce alongside chef’s creative interpretations of cheese on toast and chilli chicken – nothing better after a long walk in the countryside.
The new menu offers something for everyone – excellent pub classics such as Lancashire cheese and onion pie and mushy peas sits alongside more delicate flavours from the sea, sourced from local fishmongers. The inn has a new chef who alongside Soo and Ko is elevating and evolving the menu.
Residents and locals are joined by local foodies who share a love of fine food served in a friendly and often fun environment. Our Ribble Valley magazine food writer ‘Simon’ recently reviewed the restaurant and declared it a triumph – with a menu and food that more than exceeded his expectations he vowed to return just to taste the special of Provencal fish stew – testimony indeed!
The inn has its own micro-brewery ‘Four Mice’ and with the resurgence in demand for locally brewed cask ale the feature copper clad bar is the perfect place to start (or end) your meal. If you’re intending to visit the Ribble Valley in the near future for whatever reason, can I suggest you take advantage of the offers available in the next few weeks – I’m sure like ‘Simon’ you’ll vow to return!
Coach and Horses
Main Street, Bolton By Bowland
Clitheroe BB7 4NW