0 Have your say We’re ale and hearty! Jubilant pub chiefs at the the Cartford Inn in Little Eccleston are cooking on gas after being named the best Inn in the land. The pub by the River Wyre toll bridge, which was originally a 17th century coaching inn, was voted the Inn of the Year at the Great British Pub Awards – the second time it has won the gong.The judges said: “Passion for excellence, coupled with constant investment and innovation has set The Cartford Inn apart from the pack. “This is a pub that features 16 luxury en-suite bedrooms, two of which are stunning wood cabins on stilts, while boasting panoramic views of the nearby river and beautiful Lancashire landscape.”Owner Patrick Beaume, who has invested more than £1m in the venue, heaped praise on staff and his loyal customers for the success. He said: “We were hoping we would win but you never know.“It’s a great award for the … [Read more...] about Which Fylde coast hostelry is officially the best pub in the UK?
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Pull on your hiking boots and get back to nature… in five-star fashion, of course Northcote, Blackburn, Lancashire Best for… discerning foodies The low-down: On the edge of Lancashire’s Ribble Valley, this place is the perfect crash pad for walkers – the hotel can recommend routes (from a gentle 1.6km stroll to Clitheroe Castle to more challenging 11km hikes to Lancashire’s most famous hill). There are also bicycles and e-bikes available to borrow (try the 63km Hodder Valley route). Back at the hotel, it’s all about the food. Executive chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen (a MasterChef judge and current keeper of the restaurant’s Michelin star, held now for 20 years) uses ingredients gathered from local and artisan producers. The delicious six-course tasting menu included a quirkily titled ‘Flavour of Eccles Cake’ pudding when we visited. You can’t get more Lancashire than that. Out and about: With the Forest of … [Read more...] about Book It: Four fabulous hotels in the UK for a great escape
Any parent will tell you that it is not easy task trying to find new and exciting places to take the kids, and they're not wrong. Many of you will no doubt have exhausted a lot of the usual places and will now be hoping for ideas further afield. We've rounded up some ideas for some great family days out in Liverpool and beyond. They are all within easy reach of the city centre and no more than a two-hour drive away. So if you're for somewhere different to take the kids, here's some family days out you might not have thought of. 1. Imagine That Previously based on Water Street in Liverpool, the popular children's venue has moved from the city centre - and has a new name. Imagine That is a supped up version of Underwater Street and can be found on Wavertree Technology Park The kids' play centre features arts and crafts, science workshops and an Imagination Village including a construction zone, lots of shops, and American diner and theatre, a pet rescue and car wash and much more. … [Read more...] about 22 family days out from Liverpool you might not have thought of