The Red Pump has just got even better with the addition of a beautiful new outdoor space where, on summer Saturdays, guests can enjoy a drink and a pizza from the al fresco wood-fired pizza oven – simply delicious! Photography: Kirsten Platt
With breathtaking views over the Bowland countryside, the newly created outdoor area at the Red Pump reflects the inn’s casual elegance.
“It was a natural progression in the development of the inn,” says the Red Pump’s Jonathan Gledhill. “The idea is that guests can eat, drink and enjoy the fabulous view from Pendle Hill to Longridge Fell.”
On Saturdays throughout the summer the pub will be firing up the pizza oven and serving a variety of rustic style pizzas between 12pm and 5pm. “Food service in our restaurant and bar is from noon to 2pm and then 6pm to 9pm so we thought it would be especially nice if guests sitting outside enjoying a drink in the sunshine could enjoy an al fresco food offering throughout the afternoon.”
Served on a wooden board, there are four sour-dough pizza toppings:
• Tomato and buffalo mozzarella
• Mozzarella and Italian sausage
• Roast Mediterranean vegetable
• Tomato, cheese and garlic
Cooked and served by Jonathan, these are the lightest, most delicious rustic style pizzas!
“Our chef has worked in some of the best Italian restaurants, so I have had some excellent training! We are also using local ingredients too.”
Like the ingredients, the plants that feature in the new gardens are sourced from local nurseries, from the beautiful beech hedges to the shrubbery that will provide all-year-round colour, they have been personally chosen to blend in with the surrounding countryside that is lush and green at this time of year.
A raised lawn area that takes advantage of the magnificent views, is able to take a specialist marquee to provide a small venue for private celebrations for up to 70 people for a lovely, relaxed countryside venue.
“This is a really different option to a formal celebration. Guests can enjoy the views from the open marquee and they can enjoy pizza or a barbeque. It is really informal, which people seem to like. It has already been used to great success.”
With a gentle slope providing disabled access to the pub and gardens and an extended car park, the winding grey shale paths through the gardens lead to the luxury yurts at the rear of the pub, which provide additional accommodation.
The yurts, with their powerful gas showers and full en-suite facilities, will soon be joined by two luxury shepherd’s huts by the end of the year.
“We are delighted with the latest developments here at the Red Pump as we think it really adds to our guests’ experience. The feedback we have had has been brilliant!”
The Red Pump Inn
Clitheroe Road, Bashall Eaves
Clitheroe BB7 3DA