Taking Centre Stage
Emma Brereton discovers a sumptuous country inn with boutique rooms and delicious food in the heart of Bolton-by-Bowland
Sometimes the best places to enjoy a meal or drink are the ones you stumble across on a spontaneous day out, but occasionally a find is so good it can’t keep it a secret.
The Coach and Horses at Bolton-by-Bowland is an award-winning, glorious inn nestled within Lancashire’s most beautiful countryside. Adorned with two AA Rosettes and recently awarded the Perfect Stay Prize at the Lancashire Tourism Awards, if you’re planning a trip to this part of the world, you must cross the Coach and Horses off your ‘must visit’ list.
The inn has been lovingly restored, and the team go out of their way to welcome every guest. It boasts seven bedrooms, which have been inspired by high-end boutique hotels from around the world and guests can expect details such as homemade cookies in every room and meticulous attention to detail which make a stay special. Every room configuration is different allowing families to share adjoining accommodation as well as rooms perfect for couples seeking a romantic break.
Another reason to visit is Head Chef Ian Moss, who gained his outstanding reputation from working at other Lancashire favourites including Northcote along with the Ledbury and the Harwood Arms. At the Coach and Horses, he has crafted a six-course tasting menu to excite the most discerning of foodies!
Ian says: “I think our diners appreciate the amount of work that goes into creating every dish on our menu and often the style of food we serve surprises them. We may have a very popular sandwich menu but our a la carte is set to impress.
“Equally, we want our guests to feel relaxed so I would describe our food as casual fine dining – it’s up-market, but we try to keep it simple. It’s not about serving pretentious food, we want the ingredients to do the talking with big flavours taking centre stage. Surprising and delighting guests with our culinary efforts is our forté – we ensure they leave feeling like they’ve dined somewhere extraordinary.”
If it’s not a tasting menu gastronomic experience you’re after, the Coach and Horses has a popular sandwich menu which includes a sandwich, salad, chips or fries for £9.50. And at this time of year it’s a perfect setting for lunch in the outdoor area – drenched in sunlight for most of the day. It is also the best spot to pull up a chair and sip on a pint of Goldie brewed on-site at the inn’s micro-brewery.
“Brewing our own craft ale is something we are really proud to do,” says James Bishop, General Manager who has worked at the inn since 1999.
“I have grown up in the village and seen first hand what a fantastic job the owners have done to bring this historic inn back to life. It really is a privilege to work here.”
Coach and Horses
Main Street, Bolton-by-Bowland
Clitheroe BB7 4NW