Imagine a narrow stream flanked by immaculately tended flower beds – yes, the approach to this handsome old boozer in a classic Bowland village is about as pretty as it gets. The pub itself looks a dream, with mellow stonework, blossoming window boxes and tables inviting you to go alfresco on a warm night. Inside, flagged floors, a huge inglenook fireplace, beams, chunky mirrors and rustic furniture set the scene as cheery staff go about their business with efficiency. If you’re hungry, there are straightforward, carefully presented dishes such as Lancashire hotpot, local sausages and mash, roast rump of lamb with dauphinoise potatoes or blue-cheese risotto. The wine list is perfectly presentable, while beer buffs can quaff their way through at least five Lancashire ales, including Copper Dragon and Moorhouse’s. Good B&B too.