What is it ? – A country Pub in the heart of the Lancashire countryside. The closest town is Clitheroe (6 miles away) so make sure you`re driving as a Taxi won`t be cheap. We stayed 5 minutes away at Clerk Laithe Lodge which i can highly recommend. (Book here)
What`s cooking – There`s something on the Menu for everyone at The Parkers Arms. The Pies speak for themselves and there` s none better. Chef is also an amazing Fish / Shellfish cook so anyone who`s into that is in for a real treat. I don
t think you`ll go wrong whatever you order here.
Who`s cooking – Stosie Madie , a wonderful Chef and a Lovely Lady. Stosie has most probably forgotten more than i`ll ever know about food.
What should I expect ? Pub food as good as you`re going to eat anywhere in the UK…. Really. They`ve just been placed 23rd in the UK in the National Restaurant awards. (even beating 3 Michelin starred places)
Must Order dish – I pre ordered the Lobster which was an amazing £25 for 2. The Lobster was cooked to order and came with a side of Sourdough and a stunning richly flavoured Bisque. I can honestly say that in a blind tasting this dish would stand up against a 3 star equivalent anywhere in the World. The Bisque was brought to life with a dash of Pastis and the Lobster Coral / head Butter whipped into the sauce just before plating to add an extra dimension of fresh Lobster flavour…..Superb.
What will it cost me ? – Food – 3 courses with plenty to choose for £35 How good is that? Drinks – We just started with Cocktails at £8 then just bought our Wines by the glass which ranged from £4.50 to £5.50 for Reds , Whites and Dessert wine….fabulous. I had to have a local Beer with the Pie which was a perfect accompaniment.
My thoughts ? – `Back of beyond` , it`s a destination meal but boy it`s worth it. The Village is a “Blink and you`ll miss it” place. I`m not very good at directions and therefore struggled badly. If you have a Sat Nav then you`ve cracked it. Be warned… No phone signal for miles.
What`s the Atmosphere like ? – The Barman A.J will keep you entertained , believe me.
What`s good ? – There`s more to the Parkers arms than Pies but c`mon…. The most famous Pies in the North of England are a must as far as i`m concerned. I pre-ordered the Lobster when I booked the table as that was the main reason for the trip. As soon as spotted it on Instagram i had to experience it.
Any Negatives , Would I return ? – Absolutely , next time i`ll do a double and make it a Gastro Pub weekend with another venue for the following night.
Restaurant Address – Hall Gate Hill, Newton-In-Bowland, Nr Clitheroe BB7 3DY Phone – 01200 446236
Website – parkersarms.co.uk