The Inn at Whitewell | Inn in Lancashire | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Inn at Whitewell - Inn in Lancashire

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Dunsop Road, Whitewell, Clitheroe, BB7 3AT, Lancashire
England, United Kingdom

Charles Bowman

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+44 (0)1200 448222 (landline)

Imperious old coaching inn lost in deep country with a river to fish, five-mile views, delicious rooms and some very tasty food

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It is almost impossible to imagine a day when a better inn will grace the English landscape. Everything here is perfect. The inn sits just above the river Hodder, and doors in the bar lead onto a terrace where guests can enjoy five-mile views across parkland to rising fells. Inside, fires roar, newspapers wait, there are beams, sofas, maps and copies of Wisden. Bedrooms, some in the Coach House, are exemplary and come with real luxury, perhaps a peat fire, a lavish four-poster, a fabulous Victorian power shower. All have beautiful fabrics, top linen and gadgets galore; many have the marvellous view – you can fall asleep at night to the sound of the river. There are bar meals for those who want to watch their weight (the Whitewell fish pie is rightly famous) or a restaurant for splendid food, so dig into seared scallops, Bowland lamb, a plate of local cheese (the Queen once popped in for lunch). Elsewhere, a wine shop in reception, seven miles of private fishing and countryside as good as any in the land. Dogs and children are very welcome. Magnificent.

Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.

Guest feedback
"I had heard about the Inn at Whitewell years ago, and always wanted to visit it. We came to celebrate our 35th Wedding Anniversary for a weekend here - it was fabulous!The room was in an annexe, "the Coach House", and it was superb - large, with a very comfortable bed, an extra kitchen and a separate en suite bathroom, with a magnificent Victorian bath and shower and a "his and hers" pair of basins. We eat in the bar in the Friday night and in the dining room on the Saturady night. The food was excellent - the Lonk lamb is to die for, and the Blond Witch ale is very moreish. The Trough of Bowland is one of England's best kept secrets, and it is glorious - we would love to have explored more. We cannot wait to go back, but perhaps will not do so, as we do not want to spoil our memories of a perfect stay!"
October 2010

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The Inn at Whitewell is also a Special Place to Eat & Drink

Pub Legendary rural inn near Clitheroe - fabulous dining View more details


  • 17 Doubles
  • , 5 Twin/doubles
  • , 1 Suite for 2
Price:(i) £120 to£240 per night

Singles £92 - £204.

Booking info:


Bar meals from £8. Dinner £25-£35.



Paw prints Bringing your dog
Handy to know:

The river Hodder that runs adjacent to The Inn is a favourite for dog walkers, and their dogs of course! All areas of Inn dog-friendly including bedrooms (except main dining room).

Dog treats:

Dog beds, bowls and dog towels upon request.

Bringing your dog

Dunsop Road, Whitewell, Clitheroe, BB7 3AT, Lancashire

Inn 17 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 120 to £ 166 per night
Inn 5 Twin/double rooms
Price: (i) £ 156 to £ 215 per night
Inn 1 Suite, sleeping 2
Price: (i) £ 210 to £ 240 per night

Charles Bowman

Visit website

+44 (0)1200 448222 (landline)