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The Cartford Inn

Preston, Lancashire

A previous winner of the Great British Pub Awards, the Cartford Inn in Preston offers diners a strong range of pub classics and flavoursome modern dishes.

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Previous menus have included a 8oz fillet of beef mains, with hasselback potato, bone marrow and chive butter, wild mushrooms, red wine and blue cheese croquette.

Diners could also enjoy a Goosnargh duck leg and bean cassoulet with Dijon mustard, black pudding sausage, and Cheshire oak smoked bacon.

Its grand fruits de mer lobster dish (for two people) includes (per person) half a lobster, half a crab or crab claws or dressed crabs, oysters, crevettes, prawns, langoustines, cold steamed clams, mussels with seafood cocktail sauce and crusty bread.

Solo diners could enjoy a  Lobster Thermidor, a whole lobster 650-750g, served with Lancashire cheese, truffle and parmesan fries and mixed salad.

For vegans, there is a sprout, Comté and walnut tart with orange glazed radicchio, quince purée, grapes, golden sultanas, and crisp leeks.

But it’s not just a pub, the Cartford is known for showcasing local creative talents of all kinds in the Cartford Gallery, while the venue also has rooms and a tea shop. It is a magical place owned and run by some equally magical people.

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