Inn At Whitewell Named Pub of the Year

The historic Inn at Whitewell located on the banks of the River Hodder on the Duchy’s Whitewell Estate has been named Pub of the Year for 2020 in the new Good Pub Guide published last week.

Described as ‘truly first class’ in every aspect the Inn scores top marks for its décor, atmosphere, food, exceptional wine list and professional friendly service. Judges were equally impressed with the open views over the stunning Forest of Bowland and the luxury accommodation and ‘pubby atmosphere’ of the former manor house managed and run by Duchy tenant Charles Bowman and his family for three generations.

Commenting on the definition of a ‘good pub’ editor of the Good Pub Guide Fiona Stapley said: “Since we started The Good Pub Guide nearly 40 years ago what has not changed is our enjoyment of a well-run pub.

“They are the hub of a local community where customers of all walks of life and of all ages mix easily and they are run by extraordinary, hard-working licensees who have adapted their establishments to fit in with the needs and whims of our modern lives.”

Landlord and host Charles is delighted to receive the award and attributes the Inn’s enduring success to the hard work and dedication of the team. “While the charm of this historic building and in the outstanding area of natural beauty that is the Forest of Bowland is exceptional, what makes a place really special is the warmth of the welcome and the quality of the service provided. The team here works very hard to ensure that every customer who comes to the Inn at Whitewell enjoys a relaxing and comfortable experience, whether popping in for a pint, dining with us or staying in one of our 23 luxury bedrooms. This award recognizes their hard work and commitment.”

The Inn at Whitewell originated as a small manor house for the keepers of the Royal forest in the 14th century. It was converted to provide a resting place for travelers en route to or from Lancaster in the 18th century and has remained a well-loved haven for walkers, ramblers, fishing parties and birdwatchers ever since. In 2010 the Inn was introduced to a wider national audience as the first gastronomic high spot of Rob Bryden and Steve Coogan’s tour of fine dining in the North of England on BBC2’s ‘The Trip’.

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