Top 50 Gastropubs

The Higher Buck

Waddington, Lancashire

The Higher Buck in Waddington, Clitheroe, is nestled on the edge of the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley.

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The pub is a gem of an inn that has a high reputation and loyal following for its good, honest dishes, fine ales and gorgeous bedrooms.

Renowned for its culinary classics, innovative favourites, which are lovingly crafted from local produce of the highest quality, the pub is a must visit when in the area. In fact, it is one of many other outstanding gastropubs in the region.

Menu standouts have included treacle-roasted pig’s cheek, served with champ mash and roasted onion or spiced butternut squash and chestnut pie.

For those who fancy something a little lighter, you can try the poached pear salad with pickled beetroot and goats cheese or the local Lancashire cheese souffle with dressed leaves and apple chutney.

Other dishes have included ‘kick-ass’ cheddar souffle with apple chutney; crispy duck and chorizo salad with smoked bacon, pickled cucumber and hoi sin sauce; and home smoked salmon with salmon mousse, pickled cucumber and shallots to start.

More of the mains have included steamed steak and ale suet pudding with spring greens and hand cut chips; slow cooked pork belly with sticky cheek, roasted shallot and gratin potato; and tomato and red lentil dahl with onion bhaji, charred pak choi and flat break.

Many of the dishes are below £20, unless diners opt for the steak with range from £20–£32.

Rooms are also available to guests wishing to spend a night or two longer in the region, perhaps to get the full flavour of the pub’s menu.

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