STUNNING VIEWS & SEASONAL DISHES
Visit the Red Pump Inn and you will not only find the best steaks in the region, but an array of delicious seasonal dishes introduced by talented new chef Neal Waterfield. Photography: Robin Lyndon
Surrounded by beautiful countryside and panoramic views, the Red Pump Inn at Bashall Eaves has forged a reputation for its top quality steaks, with customers returning time and time again to enjoy a menu created from first class ingredients.
With the introduction of classically trained chef Neal Waterfield, the menu is now evolving at the Red Pump. While keeping all the firm favourites, Neal is introducing new dishes every five to six weeks to take full advantage of the seasonality of the ingredients.
“The steaks will always remain but there are other dishes we simply cannot take off the menu as they are so popular,” explains Jonathan Gledhill, who with wife Fran, have been developing the Red Pump into a destination dining pub, since their arrival four years ago.
“A range of seasonal pies, fish Mornay, devilled kidneys and black pudding fritters, are all firm favourites.”
When Jonathan and Fran arrived at the inn, they first introduced steaks from the exclusive Ginger Pig, London, and have continued to source other similarly high quality suppliers.
“It all comes down to the quality of ingredients we use,” agrees chef Neal, who was classically trained under Northcote’s Nigel Haworth and has worked for Gino Locatelli and Marco Pierre White in London.
“Food is about bringing people together, it’s about knowing your ingredients, cooking it with skill and presenting it with finesse, without any pretention.”
Speaking about some of the new dishes on the menu, including herb crusted hogget lamb cutlets, he says: “The flavours of the hogget have had time to truly develop and, served with a classically made red wine jus, makes this a delicious dish.”
“We also offer what must be one of the best Sunday lunches around – roast rib of beef, shoulder of lamb and Goosnargh chicken are all on offer every week with two and three course price options.”
The Red Pump has eight beautiful country-style bedrooms and four outdoor yurts offering additional accommodation, while Jonathan and Fran are currently creating a beer garden with a wood-fired pizza oven so diners can enjoy the views throughout spring and summer. All day dining will also be introduced on Saturdays from mid-April and 2019 will see the addition of luxury shepherd huts and an extended kitchen for Neal and his team.
“I am a Lancashire lad at heart and working here is phenomenal,” says Neal. “I feel like I’ve come home.”
The Red Pump Inn
Clitheroe BB7 3DA