Wagon & Horses

To thoroughly enjoy the historic city of Lancaster, look no further than The Wagon & Horses, a cosy local pub offering great food, quality bed & breakfast accommodation and a fabulous location on the quayside of the River Lune.

Landlord Paul Tarry and his wife, Carole, have collected multiple accolades for their highly hospitable business in the five years they have been running it. These include twice being finalists in Lancashire Life Food & Drink Awards and gaining a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. They pride themselves on using the best quality ingredients for their food, holding the Cask Marque for keeping good beer and offering six Visit England 4 Star rated en suite guest bedrooms, including one with disabled access and a wetroom shower.

Paul says: “All our food is fresh, seasonal and beautifully cooked. We make our own bread, ice creams, desserts and chorizo from scratch and cure some of our own bacon. We have got passionate chefs who do an absolutely amazing job for us.”

Wagon & Horses

Several of the guest rooms overlook the tidal river and historic port buildings. The pub is only a few minutes’ walk from the city centre shops, entertainment and amenities, which include the imposing castle, formerly used as a prison and, infamously, the place where the Pendle Witches were held until their trial in 1612.

www.wagonandhorseslancaster.co.uk

paul@wagonandhorseslancaster.co.uk

Three Millstones

Perfectly placed in the pretty village of West Bradford near Clitheroe, Lancashire, The Three Millstones Inn is a Grade II listed building with a modern suite of guest bedrooms. It’s in the picturesque rural walking country of the Ribble Valley and close to the mountain biking trails of the Gisburn Forest, yet less than an hour’s drive from the east coast and full-on entertainments of Blackpool.

The Three Millstones offers quality bed & breakfast in a relaxed atmosphere which is perfect for a holiday retreat well away from traffic congestion and the urban sprawl. The rooms are all en suite doubles with quality beds and bedding, spacious bathrooms and contemporary decoration. Breakfasts are cooked from the best possible local ingredients.

The premises are warm and welcoming, run by head chef Matthew and his wife, Lauren. Lunches and evening meals are available in the comfortable rustic restaurant from Wednesday to Sunday, complemented by a wide ranging wine list. The well stocked bar is always charming and relaxed, especially in winter with log burners crackling away, although the premises are closed from January 2 to 23.

3 Millstones Inn

Lauren says: “Many of our guests go into Clitheroe itself, which is a market town with good shops, ancient castle ruins and a museum and is only a few minutes away. They also visit Pendle Hill, famous for the 17th century witch trials.”

www.3millstones.co.uk

millstonesinn@live.com

Brandreth Barn

Quality accommodation at affordable prices is what Brandreth Barn Bed & Breakfast provides in a rustic barn conversion in the heart of rural Lancashire. The 1774 building has been tastefully transformed into a complex of eight en suite bedrooms, providing a beautiful home from home for holidays, short breaks or business stays in scenic countryside surroundings.

Brandreth Barn is on a farm, a world away from the traffic congestion of the big towns and cities yet only 15 minutes’ drive from the M58 – an easy route to Manchester, Preston and Liverpool – and from directly to the M6 into the Midlands. There are wonderful walks all around, often with pleasant pubs where meals are readily available. One of the nearest attractions is the Martin Mere Wetlands Centre, which attracts thousands of overwintering visitors such as whooper swans and pink footed geese.

Guests benefit from a choice of single, double, twin and family rooms, all individually decorated and equipped with TV, beverage making facilities and wi-fi. One is accessible for people with disabilities and there is a large car park.

Barn owner Margaret Wilson ensures there is always a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere and a great breakfast to fuel the day’s explorations. There is also a popular tearoom on site, serving other meals and refreshments from 10am to 3pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, including lunches, cream teas and snacks.

www.brandrethbarn.com

enquiries@brandrethbarn.com

Brandreth Barn

Lochty House

Lochty House is cosy self catering accommodation in Carnoustie, golf heaven for those who play the game but also a great base for people who enjoy walking, cycling, fishing, the coast, castle hopping and all that magnificent Scottish food and drink. It’s conveniently placed a few minutes’ walk from the town centre, while the North Sea coast is popular for sailing, surfing and other watersports.

The family friendly house sleeps up to six adults in three guest bedrooms, all of them individually decorated and well equipped. There’s a shared bathroom with bath and shower and, downstairs, a comfy living room, a dining area, well equipped kitchen and pleasant garden. The property has private parking on site and many amenities including Wi-Fi and TV with satellite channels.

“It’s a home from home,” says owner Irene Anderson. “We provide everything people need. They only need to bring themselves.”

Many people stay there because of the golf. Carnoustie is famous for its championship links course, ‘golf’s greatest challenge’, which has eight times held the Open Championship. The famous course of St Andrews is 45 minutes’ drive away and Gleneagles, which recently hosted the Solheim Cup, about an hour.

Nearby Glamis Castle, where the Queen Mother grew up, is one of the most splendid in Scotland and Carnoustie is on the railway line from Edinburgh to Aberdeen.

irenea1860@sky.com 

Lochty House