The Alma Inn Pub with rooms in Laneshawbridge, Lancashire

Prices from:
£100 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Rural spot away from Colne hubbub
  • Old stone coach house; character
  • Fabulous views of Pendle countryside
  • Crowd-pleasing menu; fresh food
  • Country smart rooms
  • Alfresco heaven; two terraces

Sticky FingersMuddy PawsGood for WalkingOutdoor PursuitsCandlelit15 Minutes from the MotorwayPrivate Dining

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Overview

The Alma Inn Laneshawbridge, Lancashire, BB8 7EG

The personal touch

Close to yet a world away from bustling Colne over the hill, the Alma is an 18th-century coaching house hidden away on a tiny lane on the edge off Laneshawbridge and the A6068. It’s worth finding as it’s an oasis of peace and calm away from the throng of the valley road and towns and the views across the beautiful Pendle countryside to wild moorland from the two terraces are stunning – perfect for alfresco summer drinking and dining. The striking stone building oozes charm and character too, with stone floors, original beams and real fires featuring throughout the bar and dining rooms. The adjoining light and airy conservatory is an ideal space for weddings and parties, although there are plans to transform the area into a relaxing, more intimate lounge-cum-dining area. Nine super bedrooms make the Alma a good base from which to explore the Ribble Valley, the Yorkshire Dales and Bronte country – Wycoller Country Park is close and Haworth is just eight miles away.

Sticky fingers

Kids are welcome throughout the pub; they have their own menu (proper food) and most rooms can take an extra bed (z-beds £15) and cots are available (free).

Muddy paws

Dogs are welcome in the pub (treats & water bowls) and they are allowed the stay overnight in some of the bedrooms.

Alfresco

Two terraces are filled with teak tables and chairs and make the most of the Inn’s lofty location, as the views across the rolling Pendle countryside are magnificent – arrive early on sunny summer days.

 

What’s the Damage?
9 doubles/twin: £100 – £150

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining area
  • Parking

 

Sleep

The Alma Inn Laneshawbridge, Lancashire, BB8 7EG

Do not disturb

The nine newly refurbished upstairs bedrooms blend traditional and contemporary furnishings and ensure high levels of comfort and excellent facilities to enhance your stay. Most offer oodles of space and you can expect to find beautiful bed linen, fat mattresses, rich fabrics and calm, soothing colours, and fabulous views across the stunning Pendle landscape through mullioned windows. Welcome added extras include Nespresso machines, homemade biscuits, bottled water, telephones, Smart TVs, in-room safes, and free wi-fi. Bathrooms are a big feature – they’re all rather smart (with Orla Kiely smellies) and one or two are absolutely stunning, with tubs and huge walk-in showers – book Room 9, order a bottle of fizz and enjoy the massive jacuzzi bath for two! Wake up to a hearty Lancashire breakfast, don your boots and head off up Pendle Hill.

 

What’s the Damage?
9 doubles/twin: £100 – £150

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining area
  • Parking

 

Eat & Drink

The Alma Inn Laneshawbridge, Lancashire, BB8 7EG

Mastering the menu

The Neve family have been fishing since 1840 it’s no surprise that those years of passion, experience and expertise are reflected in the menu, with the day’s catch highlighted on the chalkboard in the bar. Expect the likes of chilli and lime marinated hake, langoustine, Singapore seafood laksa, rice noodles, chilli and beansprouts, and harissa monkfish, chorizo, stuffed baby squid, red pepper and olive couscous and rocket pesto. There’s more than just fish though, the monthly menus make good use of local produce and may feature spiced mushroom dumplings in lemongrass broth, braised pork croquettes with smoked cheese dip, and chargrilled asparagus with crispy duck egg and roast baby tomatoes among the starters, with lamb shanks with rosemary gravy, Goosnargh chicken with harissa and yoghurt dressing, haddock and chips, and Goan prawn and monkfish curry popular main course choices. The 28-day dry-aged Lancashire rib-eye steak served with roast field mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and proper chips is a fabulous plate – best tackled after a walk up Pendle Hill.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7am – 10am (10.30am Saturday & Sunday)
Food all day: 12 noon – 9pm

Time at the bar

7am – 11pm

 

What’s the Damage?
9 doubles/twin: £100 – £150

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining area
  • Parking

 

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Alma Inn

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Cheesie Tchaikovsky, Castle Street, Clitheroe BB7 2BX

It’s impossible to leave this wonderful shop without an armful of goodies! Owner Jan Curtis is something of an expert and there’s nothing she likes more than to be quizzed on the diverse range of UK and continental artisan-made cheeses in her shop, including great cheese from Rungis market in Paris. Jan is careful to include the best local and British cheeses too, including Shorrock’s Black Beauty, Greenfield’s Tasty, Blackstick’s Blue and Silk, Mrs Kirkham’s and the beautiful new soft cheese from the Pextenement Cheese Company in Todmorden.

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D.Byrne & Co Wine Merchants, Clitheroe BB7 2EP

In the family for over 130 years, this fabulous Victorian shop is one of the countries best independent wine merchants. Their selection of wines, stacked floor to ceiling in the labyrinth of rooms is formidable, but they also have a staggering collection of specialist spirits. The Byrnes - great grandsons of the founder - are immensely knowledgeable and completely approachable.

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The Freemasons at Wiswell, Clitheroe BB7 9DF

Steven Smith continues his inevitable journey to stardom in this comfortable, stylish, smart country inn in pretty Wiswell. Expect accessible fine dining and a menu that exemplifies the local/seasonal mantra from a kitchen posse who really seem to care; the Herdwick lamb, roast rack and belly, black olive, roast Cevennes onion and Haggis Shepherd's pie nails it. You'll have a truly memorable meal.

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Roy Porter Butchers, Chatburn, Clitheroe BB7 4AW

Traditional shop selling meat from traditionally reared native breeds 'cut by butchers who care'! Find beef, pork, lamb, poultry and game - and possibly the best home made meat pies in the county!

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Roaming Roosters Bistro, Higham BB12 9ER

Take a seat at the Olde Spot Bistro in this fab farm shop and enjoy dishes made from the free range and organic produce you've just been browsing- the likes of gammon and eggs, Blue Rooster chicken escalopes or a grass-fed beef steak and chips.

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Food by Breda Murphy, 41 Station Rd, Whalley BB7 9RH

One of Ballymaloe's star pupils (she subsequently became a tutor) Breda Murphy has shifted her skills to an incongruous semi by the railway station - but don't be put off. Her style is fresh and innovative, and her presentation is pretty as a picture - expect the likes of pan seared sea bass fillet with kimchi but save room for warm Guinness parkin, iced cream cheese and date caramel. Outstanding.

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Hudsons of Chatburn, 2 Downham Road, Chatburn BB7 4AU

Old fashioned, family run home made ice cream parlour - fab flavours and seats outside to enjoy them, with lovely views down the pretty village. They sell local eggs, honey and cakes too. It's a good place to buy sandwiches if you're planning a picnic by the beautiful River Ribble.

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Roaming Roosters Farm Shop, Higham BB12 9ER

Award-winning farm shop and great cafe - you'll find free range meats of all descriptions plus local honey, biscuits, preserves and cakes. It's all good stuff, and they have an emphasis on sustainable, traditional and heritage.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Alma Inn

Activities

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Bowland Forest Gliding Club, Chipping PR3 2WN

For a taste of real Pennine adventure, try soaring on the thermals high above the stunning landscape of the Forest of Bowland. This exhilarating activity captures the region's varied scenery at its best.

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Fishing BB7 3AT

The Forest of Bowland boasts four of the most scenic and picturesque rivers – the Ribble, Hodder, Wyre and Lune – which mainly offer game fish, including salmon, brown trout and sea trout. The upper Hodder has a growing reputation for grayling fishing. For a directory of other places to fish in the region, visit: www.environment-agency.gov.uk

Shopping

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The Emporium, Clitheroe BB7 1BE

Expect a few surprises at this former Methodist chapel site, which has been lovingly and painstakingly converted to provide three huge levels for eating, drinking and shopping, or more specifically a coffee shop, wine bar and brasserie, and interior design superstore.

14

Simpsons, Greenfield Road, Colne BB8 9PF

Bespoke furniture is Simpson's speciality. Founded in 1977, the company employs a large team, including skilled craftsmen, all of whom are based in a striking 18th-century mill.

15

Skipton Antiques and Collectors Centre, The Old Foundry, Cavendish Street, Skipton BD23 2AB

You might have seen the Skipton Antiques and Collectors Centre on the BBC's Antiques Road Trip. It comprises four floors of specialist dealers selling jewellery, furniture, clocks, ceramics, books and loads more.

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The Vintage Washhouse, 3 Court Lane, Skipton BD23 1DD

An unusual little shop with a 1940s theme, selling handcrafted dishcloths, vintage-inspired homeware and gifts as well as a wide selection of traditional cleaning products - soap flakes, white vinegar, soda crystals, laundry starch and traditional linen scrim, for example. Old-fashioned cleaning methods have made something of a comeback recently, giving excellent allergen-free results. The owner's 'Mrs Mop' outfit adds the finishing touch.

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Mill Bridge Gallery, Skipton BD23 1NJ

The gallery is located in a canal-side building dating back to 1675 (said to be the oldest dwelling in Skipton), and is a showcase for the work of more than 20 talented local photographers and sculptors.

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Stydd Gardens, Stoneygate Lane, Ribchester PR3 3YN

Stydd Gardens is one of the region’s quirkiest shopping venues – hugely captivating, entertaining, vintage shabby and chic – with a garden nursery with the accent on old-fashioned roses and plants grown on site, and a bespoke wine company among the attractions.

Places to visit

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Settle to Carlisle Railway BD24 9EJ

More like a cleverly designed visitor attraction than a vital lifeline serving countless communities in the wilds of Cumbria and North Yorkshire, the Settle-Carlisle Railway offers a constant backdrop of fells and moorland. Make a day of it and jump off at any number of stops en route.

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East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley BD20 5EL

This fascinating building, once the home of a cloth merchant, offers many artefacts and items of oak furniture dating from the 17th century. There are also exquisite embroideries and award-winning gardens.

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Bronte Parsonage, Haworth BD22 8DR

The former home of the Bronte« sisters opened as a museum in 1928. This is where Bronte« fans get a feel for the daily lives of these extraordinary sisters and how they applied themselves as writers. If you feel like a walk while you're there, trek across the Pennines to Top Withins, thought to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights.

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Pendle Heritage Centre, Barrowford BB9 6JQ

The museum explains in great detail the history and origins of local people and where they settled. The museum, tearooms and shops are housed in attractively restored farm buildings overlooking Pendle Water.

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Browsholme Hall, Cow Ark, Clitheroe BB7 3DE

Pronounced 'Brusome', the hall is the oldest surviving family home in Lancashire, the ancestral home of the Parker family, who have lived there since it was built in 1507. Together with the gardens it is open to visitors from May to September. Chinese porcelain and antique oak furniture are among many fine items on display.

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Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, Burnley BB12 8UA

Sir Charles Barry, who designed the Palace of Westminster, was responsible for the striking interiors of this imposing house outside Burnley. Gawthorpe Hall was once home to the Kay-Shuttleworth family, influential figures in the local textile industry. There are paintings here on loan from the National Portrait Gallery.

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Skipton Castle, BD23 1AW

The massive twin towers of Skipton Castle dominate the town's High Street, and it's one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England. You can explore the banqueting hall and kitchen or climb from the dungeon to the top of the watchtower.

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Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6EX

Taking its name from a 12th-century Augustinian monastery, Bolton Abbey lies on the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The setting is superb and the tranquil surroundings are infused with fascinating history and legend.

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Malham Cove BD23 4DG

This huge cliff formation is curved like an amphitheatre. The cliffs themselves are about 260 feet high, with an unusual area of deeply eroded limestone pavement on top. People have been visiting the site for hundreds of years as it creates a unique habitat for wildlife and all kinds of rare wild flowers and ferns. You might recognise it as one of the places Harry and Hermione camp in during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

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Stydd Gardens, Stoneygate Lane, Ribchester PR3 3YN

Stydd Gardens is one of the region's quirkiest shopping venues - hugely captivating, entertaining, vintage shabby and chic - with a garden nursery with the accent on old-fashioned roses and plants grown on site, and a bespoke wine company among the attractions.

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Yorkshire Dales Lead Mining Museum, Earby, Barnoldswick BB18 6QF

This visitor attraction offers the chance to view a unique collection of tools, photographs and memorabilia reflecting the mining, dressing and smelting of lead ore. Other items include, of all things, a steel hook and socket worn by a miner who had lost his hand.

Walking

www.forestofbowland.com
Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1964, the rugged grandeur of the Forest of Bowland is a spectacular part of Britain’s Pennine landscape – where steep-sided valleys and tracts of heather-covered grouse moor entice the walker. In addition to gentler routes and family rambles, there are longer walks to try – among them the long-distance Ribble Way and Pendle Way.

Cycling

www.forestofbowland.com
One of the best destinations for cycling in the Forest of Bowland is Gisburn, in the region’s south east corner. This is Lancashire’s largest forest and within it you’ll find several graded, colour-coded mountain bike trails. There’s a green route for beginners, while those who like their cycling to be more challenging there is an 8.5km blue route and a 20km red route.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Laneshawbridge is located on the A6068 just over two miles east of Colne. Turn left onto Emmott Lane in the village and follow signs to the pub

By Rail: Nearest station is at Colne, a short 2.5-mile taxi ride from the Alma

Address:

Emmott Lane, Laneshawbridge, Lancashire, BB8 7EG

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