Top 50 Gastropubs

Where can foodies eat in Lancashire?

Foodies unite as we take you on the ultimate Gastropub tour of Lancashire.

By Charli Tomney | 14/08/2023

The food scene in Lancashire is a delightful tapestry of rich culinary traditions and diverse offerings with our top 2 gastropubs being from the region. Known for its strong agricultural heritage, the region boasts a wide range of fresh, high-quality produce. Lancashire's fertile lands yield an abundance of seasonal vegetables, succulent fruits, and tender meats, such as lamb and beef.

The county’s culinary prowess is reflected in its iconic dishes, including the renowned Lancashire hotpot, a hearty meat and potato stew, and the famous Lancashire cheese, a creamy delicacy enjoyed across the country. Additionally, the county's coastal location provides an array of fresh seafood options, from shrimp and mussels to cod and haddock.

The food scene in Lancashire is not only about traditional fare but also embraces innovation and experimentation. With an influx of talented chefs and vibrant food markets, the region caters to all tastes, offering an exciting fusion of old and new, making it a haven for food enthusiasts seeking authentic flavours and exceptional local produce.

Parkers Arms 

The Parkers Arms, situated in Newton-in-Bowland, is a renowned gastropub that boasts a diverse and enticing food offering.

Led by skilled chefs, with owner Stosie Madi and the helm, the menu celebrates the region's culinary heritage, showcasing a mix of traditional British dishes and modern interpretations. With a commitment to using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, diners can expect to indulge in flavourful creations, including hearty pies, succulent meats, and delightful vegetarian options.

The pub's warm and welcoming ambiance, combined with its dedication to showcasing Lancashire's finest produce, makes it a must-visit destination for food enthusiasts.

The menu can change twice daily as its entirely dependent on the produce available locally, but you could be enjoying dishes such as an octopus empanada, braised the Greek way layered with oregano and octopus braising juices cooked local potatoes and octopus tossed in a tomato sauce. Tuck into a main of Morecambe Bay lobster with wild Morecambe Bay samphire with lobster head sauce.

The Freemasons at Wiswell

The Freemasons at Wiswell offers a delightful culinary experience in Lancashire. Led by award-winning chef Steven Smith, the restaurant showcases a menu of inventive, modern British dishes with a focus on locally sourced produce.

The pub's commitment to using high-quality ingredients from the region ensures that diners can savour the rich flavours and textures of Lancashire's finest offerings in an elegant and welcoming setting.

Enjoy dishes such as aged fillet roasted over open coals, beef fat chips, ox cheek stuffed mushroom, Roscoff onion, peppercorn and wild garlic béarnaise. Don’t be shy to try a dessert either like their souffle with blackcurrant, creme de cassis chocolate sauce, Pontefract cake ice cream.

The pub even boasts 4 luxurious rooms if you’re tired after your meal and want to make the most of your stay in the foodie haven.

The White Swan at Fence

The White Swan at Fence, located in Burnley, offers a delightful array of food. With a focus on contemporary British cuisine, the Michelin Starred pub sources the finest local produce to create flavourful and innovative dishes.

The kitchen is head up by mischievous genius Tom Parker who has curated elegant dishes featuring the finest produce available.

The menu features a range of options, from classic pub favourites to modern culinary delights such as Isle of Man lobster with shellfish hollandaise, fennel, young shoots and herbs. Or what about Cumbrian beef fillet with hen of the woods, red wine and thyme.

Diners can relish a memorable dining experience in a charming and welcoming atmosphere, making The White Swan at Fence a popular destination for food lovers.

The Higher Buck

The Higher Buck, based in Waddington, presents a delightful food offering that showcases the region's culinary excellence.

With a menu blending traditional and contemporary British dishes, the restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients to create delicious and unforgettable meals. Guests can indulge in a variety of delectable options, including classic pub fare and innovative culinary creations, all served in a warm and inviting atmosphere, making The Higher Buck a delightful destination for food enthusiasts.

Dishes have included black pudding scotch egg with mustard mayo, steamed steak & ale suet pudding with spring greens, hand-cut chips and gravy, and to finish it all off, peach cheesecake with white peach sorbet.