This is an impressively innovative place: simply book to lunch or dine; upstairs is for private dining; you can have a pint downstairs at the bar, but check the website for Cookery Masterclass details, and packages like the Sunday Lunch Getaway. Book Mr Smith’s Kitchen Table, or a seat at The Kitchen Bench to sample dishes you’ve just seen prepared.
The mantra here is ‘seasonal, progressive, passionate, humble’ and whether it’s a Farnworth sausage for breakfast or a courgette flower filled with crab, scallop and strawberry, it tastes good.
Charming staff take care that you feel cosseted and the seriously sophisticated bedrooms do so in spades… Beds are magnificent: stay in with Sonos sound, a big TV and a glass of fizz. Bathrooms all have Italian marble, underfloor heating, mood lighting; splurge on a premium room for a mezzanine roll-top bath and views over rooftops to the hills.