The Cartford Inn

Preston, Lancashire
+44 (0)1995 670166
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£170 - £250
per night

A great little inn, hugely popular, with chic rooms, lovely food, happy staff and a winning position on the river Wyre


15 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 3

Children welcome

£170 - £250 per night

The Experience

This quirky inn is full of its own delights, not least its stylish interiors, fabulous food and helpful staff. This might explain why it was named Telegraph & Sawday’s Pub of the Year in 2020, a richly deserved award. Julie and Patrick love their world and can’t stop spending money on it. Recently they opened a gorgeous deli on the terrace and they’ve built two gobsmacking suites on stilts overlooking the river. It’s a mecca for locals, who come to eat, drink and gossip. Outside, views stretch across to the Trough of Bowland. Inside, delicious food waits, perhaps fresh crab gnocchi, roasted Lytham poussin, Ovaltine panna cotta with dark chocolate mousse. The bar, with its cool art and roaring fire, is a great place to linger over a pint of local ale, but a courtyard garden will draw you out in good weather. Bedrooms have style in spades: gilded sleigh beds, signature wallpapers, river views, perhaps a roll-top bath in the room; the penthouse has a rooftop terrace, too. You can follow the river on a two-mile circular walk. Don’t miss Blackpool, a proper northern town. Brilliant.

The pub is now running a takeaway service for locals: Taste of the Inn at Home.


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from £170
Singles £80-£150.
11 Doubles
From £170
2 Family rooms for 3
From £170
2 Suites for 2
From £230


Booking information

Check in
Check out
Mondays, Tuesdays and Christmas, 25 December - 26 December.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Lunch from £12. Dinner, 3 courses, £35-£45. Not Mon lunch.


Amazing place. Beautiful bedroom and food to match. Didn't have long here but will be back as soon as possible.

Clare, West Horsley

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Patrick & Julie Beaume

  • The Cartford Inn is just a short drive away from Royal Lytham Golf Club. This historic golf course is renowned for its beautiful greens and challenging sea breeze. It is a premier links course and has hosted an array of Open Championships and Ryder Cups.
  • Enjoy a show at The Grand Theatre, designed by Frank Matcham. He aimed to create a theatre where the audience would be transported by their surroundings as much as the performance itself.
  • The Inn is located just a few miles away from the vibrant seaside town of Blackpool for guests seeking a fun day out. Here, you can take a ride on the historic Grand National rollercoaster, stroll along the promenade, or dance at the famous tower ballroom
  • The Inn is perfectly located for those who love nothing more than to walk in the fells and forests of Bowland, take a moment to fish on the tranquil river, appreciate a beautiful rural Fylde Coast cycle ride, or enjoy the thrill of clay bird shooting.
  • The Inn is just a short drive away from the historic city of Lancaster. Take time to appreciate a birds eye view of the city from Lancaster Castle, visit the traditional farmer's market, or take a stroll along the breathtaking canal.