The Cartford Inn Pub with rooms in Little Eccleston, Lancashire

Prices from:
£90 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Handsome riverside building
  • Cosy interior full of quirky delights!
  • Hands-on hosts & great staff
  • Local ingredients on interesting menus
  • Fabulous, eye-catching bedrooms
  • River House – gallery & dining space
  • TOTI – Taste of the Inn Deli

Good for WalkingOutdoor PursuitsCandlelitClose to Water15 Minutes from the MotorwayPrivate Dining

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Overview

The Cartford Inn Little Eccleston, Lancashire, PR3 0YP

The personal touch

Patrick and Julie Beaumé have been running the 17th-century Cartford Inn Little Eccleston, on the River Wyre since 2007, and the place can’t have looked any better anytime over the last 400 years. Turning a scruffy old drinking pub into a sophisticated eating inn with glamorous bedrooms takes no small amount of passion, and they’re not short of that! They’ve kept the best bits like the open fires, wood floors and etched glass, and brought it bang up to date and added some genuine personality to the place via quirky (but tasteful) décor. It’s still very much a pub appreciated by the local community, but it’s also a rather dynamic restaurant with super-cool boutique bedrooms. Settle into a smartly upholstered chair and tuck into a sandwich filled with local cheese and a pint, or step into the graceful River Lounge overlooking the rolling Bowland Fells and push the boat out for a meal made seasonal regional ingredients. The revamped River House has private dining facilities and another refurbished outbuilding houses TOTI, a new shop and delicatessen with characteristic style and rustic charm. It showcases some of the best produce from across the region, specialist ingredients, the inn’s own artisan products and works by local artists and craftspeople. Patrick and Julie are hands on and very personable and, if you get chatting with them during your stay, they may well buy you a drink.

Sticky fingers

Children under ten have their own menu with chicken & chips, sausage & mash and such like (a fiver per main course). Children are not encouraged in the River Lounge, and the owners also like the pub areas to be a child-free after eight o’clock.

Muddy paws

Dogs are not allowed in the pub, but are welcome on the terrace.

Alfresco

The flag-stoned patio garden with its view over the river and countryside makes a great spot for lunch or dinner on a summer’s evening.

What’s on?

On Friday nights local musicians rock up and jam (nothing too heavy, mind; more folky than heavy metal).

What’s the Damage?
15 bedrooms; single £75-£130; double £125-£140; Penthouse £230

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities – River House
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to restaurant and two bedrooms
  • Parking

Gongs
Waitrose Good Food Guide, Michelin, Best Freehold Pub – Great British Pub Awards 2014; Lancashire Tourism Pub of the Year

Sleep

The Cartford Inn Little Eccleston, Lancashire, PR3 0YP

Do not disturb

Julie’s designer’eye is much in evidence throughout the entire inn, not least in the 15 boutique bedrooms, so expect vintage finds, contemporary artworks and all-round va-va-voom. No two rooms look the same. Everything from retro wallpapers, trendy light fittings and striking pieces of furniture combine to create spaces that impress. The king-size beds don’t just look good, they’re comfy too, and the linen is all high quality stuff. Many of the rooms have views of the river, while those in the attic space have plenty of light from skylights in the roof. The star of the show is the penthouse occupying the top floor of the riverside annexe, with its dashing bathroom with his and hers showers and a free-standing roll-top bath (it’s even got its own terrace with glorious rural views).

Creature comforts

REN toiletries

Gadgets

Free Wi-Fi; iPod docks; Bang & Olufsen TV in the penthouse suite

What’s for Breakfast?

Homemade pastries; Eggs several ways – pretty much anything you fancy (within reason!); Full English breakfast

What’s the Damage?
15 bedrooms; single £75-£130; double £125-£140; Penthouse £230

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities – River House
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to restaurant and two bedrooms
  • Parking

Gongs
Waitrose Good Food Guide, Michelin, Best Freehold Pub – Great British Pub Awards 2014; Lancashire Tourism Pub of the Year

Eat & Drink

The Cartford Inn Little Eccleston, Lancashire, PR3 0YP

Mastering the menu

The kitchen’s output reflects Lancashire’s five-star food credentials and shows off the best the county (and the wider region) has to offer in dishes that impress with their combination of rustic appeal and dash of refinement. You’ll spot a Gallic influence here and there, too, which is down to Patrick’s French heritage. Nibbles are served at the handsome bar (the sea salt and cracked pepper calamari is a winner), with the à la carte menu offered throughout the pub – sit where you like, but the stunning River Lounge with its views over the fells is hard to beat. Respect of the seasons is not just lip service at the Cartford Inn, with the daily specials board adding to the mix and the treasured local supply chain ensuring a flow of top-notch produce into the kitchen. Kick off with warm pigeon breast and blackberry salad with candied beets, or a genteel scallop mousseline cannelloni, and move onto Pilling pulled marsh lamb in caul fat with sweet potato mash or a bouillabaisse made with seafood from nearby Fleetwood. The Cartford cassoulet is packed with chorizo, ham hock and smoked pork belly – a rib-sticking beauty, perfect after a walk on the hills on a chilly day. The grill offers up steaks served with classic accompaniments, and there’s all the comfort of fish and chips or moules frites. At lunchtime, sandwiches, French-style omelette and toasties come into play, and, on Sundays, tuck into roast dinners by the fire or, if it’s warm enough, outside on the terrace.

On the menu

Curried scallops, smoked haddock & celeriac puree, black pudding cracker, apple, pea shoots, crispy pancetta
Crab Caesar salad
TOTI deli meat platter
Duck breast, barley Puy lentil & beetroot risotto, wild garlic & pea puree, roast shallots, white onion sauce
Oxtail, beef skirt and real ale suet pudding
Moules & frites
Coconut & pineapple marmalade Bakewell tart, clotted cream

Sunday Roasts

The à la carte menu is served on Sundays, plus there’s always a roast of the day.

Foodie Extras

The sheltered patio out back is ideal for alfresco dining in the warmer months, with the full-service à la carte menu up for grabs. And don’t miss TOTI, the excellent new delicatessan housed in a converted outbuilding, where you peruse and buy some amazing local produce and foodie gifts to take home, or buy some delicious picnic ingredients to take with you on your riverside walk.

Time to Eat

Lunch: 12 noon – 2pm (closed Monday lunch)
Dinner: 5.30pm – 9pm (10pm Friday & Saturday)
Sunday: 12 noon – 8.30pm

Local, local, local

Wines & spirits – D. Byrne & Co, Clitheroe (www.dbyrne-finewines.co.uk)
Real ales – Hawkshead Brewery (www.hawksheadbrewery.co.uk)
Moorhouse’s Brewery, Burnley (www.moorhouses.co.uk)
Meat – Honeywell’s Farm Shop, Woodplumpton (www.honeywellfarmshop.com)
Cheese – Dewlay, Garstang (www.dewlay.com)
Coffee & tea – J. Atkinson & Co. Lancaster (www.thecoffeehopper.com)
Fish – Midland Fish Co., Fleetwood (www.midlandfish.co.uk)
Poultry – Johnson & Swarbrick, Goosnargh (www.jandsgoosnargh.co.uk)
Bread – Pebby’s Bakers, Great Eccleston

Behind the bar

The gloriously named Giddy Kipper is specially brewed for the pub by a local brewery and is available at the pumps alongside Hawkshead’s Lakeland Gold and Pride of Pendle from Moorhouse’s Brewery. Wine comes from D. Byrne & Co in Clitheroe (one of the oldest wine shops in the country) and the list embraces both Old and New Worlds. Expect a cracking cup of coffee from the gleaming and hissing state-of-the-art Italian espresso machine, prepared in the ‘coffee corner’ by a member of staff with barista training; coffee comes from J. Atkinson & Co, a long-established and atmospheric shop in Lancaster.

Bar snacks

Homemade bread crackers and rustic dips
Sea salt & cracked pepper calamari
Mini casserole of venison sausage

Time at the bar

12 noon – 10pm

What’s the Damage?
15 bedrooms; single £75-£130; double £125-£140; Penthouse £230

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities – River House
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to restaurant and two bedrooms
  • Parking

Gongs
Waitrose Good Food Guide, Michelin, Best Freehold Pub – Great British Pub Awards 2014; Lancashire Tourism Pub of the Year

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 Cartford Inn

2

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.

3

Bashall Food Barn, Clitheroe BB7 3LQ

You can easily spend half a day in this impressive, contemporary shop and restaurant - it's impossible to leave without local, home made produce which includes cakes, preserves and ready-meals. Treat yourself to a good lunch in the modern, airy cafe.

4

Salt of the Earth, 9 Poulton Road, Poulton-le-Fylde FY6 7NH

Family-run delicatessen in Carleton serving reasonably priced all-day brunches, crepes and sandwiches to eat in or takeaway, and excellent tapas in the evening.

7

Pulci Pizza, Breck Road, Poulton-le-Fylde FY6 7HT

Small and buzzy Italian serving proper pizzas and worth-a-detour pasta dishes like Mamma used to make.

8

Leagram Organic Dairy, Chipping PR3 2TQ

Creamy, crumbly, mature and soft Lancashire cheese is made on the farm here, using organic sheep milk from nearby Leagram Estate, and cow's milk comes from suppliers within a 10-mile radius of the dairy. For those partial to cheese with additions, there are many unusual flavoured versions.

9

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.

10

Dewlay Cheesemakers, Garstang PR3 0PA

Founded in 1957 by George Kenyon and still in the same family, award-winning cheesemakers Dewlay are famous for their cheeses made from local Jersey milk. You can buy them from the on-site shop and even watch it being made from the viewing gallery.

11

J.Atkinson & Co., Lancaster, LA1 1EX

It's worth visiting this fabulous old tea and coffee merchants just for the smell that hits you when you walk in. They've been supplying tea & coffee since 1837 and many of the original artefacts - tea canisters, spice drawers and the magnificent 1930s tea blender - are still in use.

12

Cowmans Famous Sausage Shop, Clitheroe, BB7 2BT

Cowman's has been a butchers for over 100 years and current owner Cliff Cowburn started working there aged 12, before taking over the business from his dad, Ted, in 1982. Cliff creates 76 varieties of award-winning sausages and cooked samples are available on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Cartford Inn

Activities

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Pilling Pottery, Garstang PR3 6HB

Established in 1968 and situated at nearby Garstang, Pilling Pottery includes a cafe, gallery, shop and studio pottery. It's just the place to try your hand at the potter's wheel, with lessons for those who are new to the art as well as anyone thinking of going into production.

4

Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Tower Ballroom FY4 1EZ

Resistance is futile. Ultimately everyone succumbs to the crazy roller-coaster ride of seaside fun and entertainment that makes Blackpool unique. The town's famous Pleasure Beach offers hours of enjoyment, while for something more sedate, try a ride on the resort's wonderful old trams as they trundle up and down the seafront. The iconic Blackpool Tower and its legendary Ballroom are well worth a visit too.

5

Fishing BB7 3ER

The Forest of Bowland boasts four of the most picturesque rivers in the North of England - the Ribble, Hodder, Wyre and Lune. These waterways offer anglers a great day's fishing, yielding mainly game fish, including salmon and sea trout.

Shopping

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Dawsons, 56 King Street, Clitheroe BB7 2EU

A family-owned business at Clitheroe, in the heart of the Ribble Valley, Dawsons is now the leading independent house-ware store in the area. Their departments include Cookshop, Moorcroft, Bedeck and Sheridan bed linen and Hartman garden furniture.

12

Glasform, Poulton-le-Fylde FY6 8NE

Down the road at Poulton-le-Fylde, outside Blackpool, you'll find Glasform where a team of expert glass-blowers create the 'antiques of tomorrow.' Here, John and his colleagues produce stunning glassware that is available to acquire in the world's top galleries and department stores. After seeing examples of their exquisite work, you too will want to place an order.

13

Lancaster Charter Market LA1 1XD

Held in Lancaster city centre every Wednesday and Saturday, this is a traditional street market with the stalls arranged along Market Street and around Market Square. Here, you'll find a great choice of food producers as well as handy hot food stalls.

14

St Annes Square, Lytham St Annes FY8 1SB

Visiting Lytham St Anne's on the glorious Fylde coast is always a treat and one way to really enjoy the trip and feel the benefit is to indulge in a little bit of retail therapy. The redeveloped St Annes Square at Lytham is where you'll discover an excellent range of independent and speciality shops. There's also an upmarket department store and several local delicatessens and bakeries.

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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.

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Preston PR1 2RL

The jewel in Lancashire’s shopping crown has to be nearby Preston where you’ll come across an excellent range of well-known retail favourites, well-stocked department stores and stylish independent boutiques.

Places to visit

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Leighton Hall LA5 9ST

Designated by English Heritage as a Grade II-listed building, Leighton Hall, near Carnforth, was rebuilt in the Adam style during the middle years of the 18th century. There's plenty to see here, including attractive gardens and rolling parkland. Famous as the home of the Gillow furniture family.

7

Rufford Old Hall L40 1SG

Rufford Hall, near Ormskirk, is just the place to stir the imagination. Stand in front of the carved screen in the Tudor Great Hall and you can picture a young William Shakespeare entertaining the Hesketh family, whose home this was for almost 500 years. Discover a great deal about their fascinating lives and the daily routine in this magnificent house.

8

Crosby Beach, CrosbyL23 6XW

Recipient of the Keep Britain Tidy Quality Coast Award, Crosby Beach, near Liverpool, is also the proud home of 'Another Place,' the noted sculpture by the artist Anthony Gormley. From this stunning Lancashire beach, which stretches for 3 miles, you can see The Wirral and North Wales.

9

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.

10

Lytham St Annes FY8 5LD

This classic seaside resort, south of Blackpool, has been described as 'one of the greenest, cleanest and most beautiful places in Britain.' Renowned far and wide for its four golf courses, Lytham also boasts rolling sand dunes, classic beach huts, thousands of migrating birds, who make their home on this breezy coast, and even a listed windmill.

17

Lancaster Maritime Museum LA1 1RB

There’s so much to learn about at Lancaster’s fascinating Maritime Museum that you can easily lose track of time here. Make a point of finding out about Morecambe Bay’s dangerous tides and how they claimed so many lives over the centuries.

Walking

www.visitlancashire.com
www.forestofbowland.com
www.morecambebay.com
The Fylde coast between Morecambe Bay and Lytham St Anne’s offers miles of spectacular open coastline where you are quite literally biffed and buffeted by the stiff breezes and high winds of the Irish Sea. If invigorating coastal walking is your thing, you’ll love this part of Lancashire. For something that is a world away from bracing beach trekking is a trip to the nearby Forest of Bowland. Here, you’ll find a secret landscape characterised by rugged grandeur and welcome solitude. While in Bowland, why not follow a stretch of the Ribble Way or part of the Pendle Way, two popular long-distance trails. The famous tradition of crossing treacherous Morecambe Bay on foot in the company of an experienced local guide might not be to everyone’s taste but if you like adventure and the salty tang of the sea, this is for you. Make sure you book first.

Cycling

www.cycle-route.com
www.forestry.gov.uk/northwestengland
Try the golden beaches between Blackpool and Fleetwood for that exhilarating wind-in-your-face experience. The views out to the Irish Sea are stunning. Inland and equally suitable for cycling, is the Forest of Bowland, a natural wilderness at the heart of North-west England.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Although tucked away in the peaceful Lancashire countryside, The Cartford Inn is easily reached from the M6 and the M55.

By Train: The nearest train station, at Poulton-le-Fylde, is a short drive away.

Address:

Cartford Lane,, Little Eccleston, Lancashire, PR3 0YP

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Reviews

Reviews

Tony Naylor, The Guardian 2012,
With locally sourced food, elegant rooms and a swanky penthouse suite, this coaching inn would be much more famous – and expensive – were it over the border in the Lake District

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