Locals call the Cartford Inn in Preston, Lancashire, the ‘th’fooard’ on account of its vicinity to a ford, but the gastropub has come a long way since then and is now known as a great food pub and inn.
The 17th century coaching inn is situated at an historic crossing on the River Wyre and is an award-winning pub, restaurant and hotel.
The pub is surrounded by countryside, which offers a lot of inspiration to the chefs in the kitchen.
Owners Patrick and Julie bought the gastropub in May 2007 and have lovingly restored the building and developed its food offer.
In 2010 the pub made it into The Good Food Guide and The Michelin Guide and is also listed as a ‘special place to stay’ and a ‘special place to eat and drink’ in The Sawday’s guide.
The pub made it onto the Top 50 Gastropubs list in 2013 for the firs time and has won a series of awards including a Great British Pub Award since then.
This year the gastropub has reentered the list at number 40, voted for by chefs and food experts from across the UK.
Dishes you can expect to see on the pub’s menu include, for starters: snails and nduja mayo; French onion soup; and Inedit beer braised game pastie.
Mains include 12hr braised Jacobs ladder with parsnip mash, parsnip crisp, roasted piccolo and beetroot; Lancashire venison loin with winter fruit, shallot Tarte Tatin, butternut squash and chocolate; and olive oil roasted cauliflower hear with Moroccan spiced florets, smoked aubergine, puy lentils and halloumi.
There’s also a wide range of platters, grills and pub classics to choose from – so there’s something for every taste.
The Cartford Inn / CHEF
Guests can enjoy some of the best food and drink the region has to offer