The Parkers Arms in Lancashire was last year’s Highest Climber, shooting up a whopping 35 places from 48th to 13th – no small feat. This year the gastropub has risen a further five places.
It’s testament to chef patron Stosie Madi and her business partner Kathy Smith’s dedication to making their pub one of the best in the country.
The pub’s isolated location works in its favour, commanding stunning views out of rolling hills whether you visit in summer or winter.
Stosie and Kathy took on the Parkers Arms in 2007 and have amassed an equally adoring local and national following, with gourmands travelling on occasion the length and breadth of the country to sample Madi’s cooking.
Menu highlights include pheasant escalope in sourdough and Kirkham’s crumb with cranberry relish; Newton venison with local bramble and unpasteurised cheese; and Lancashire hogget hotpot with damson pickled red cabbage.
There are also a variety of pub classics available including top quality steaks; fish and chips; and of course, Stosie’s famous pies.
The pub offers a selection of local cask ales and draught lagers as well as a wine list that caters equally to cheap-and-cheerful lunches or long, indulgent suppers.
We can’t wait to see what Stosie does with the pub this year. It is rumoured the chef is looking to buy a second site, which, if true, could be another dream haunt for foodies in the area.
Parkers Arms / CHEF
An equally adoring local and national following