These are the best Lancashire pubs which featured in the 1985 edition of The Good Pub Guide
We are so lucky to have some terrific pubs in our county, but these were the cream of the crop over thirty five years ago.
The Good Pub Guide in 1985 says that Lancashire was one of the cheapest areas of the country for both good beer and "robustly generous helpings of bar food."
Let's have a look at which of our local pubs made the grade:
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The continued warmth and friendliness, and attractive prices, of this moorland pub have earned it a star. Good value, simple bar food changes daily and is mostly freshly made: it includes a chip barm cake for 40p. Wine is served in generous measures.
The carpeted lounge bar is spacious and restful with high cream walls hung with brass ornaments. The bar food includes some surprises too, such as black pudding with rosti and sauerkraut (1.70) and a wide choice of puddings include sweet omelettes (95p)
Little latticed windows, very low dark beams, a couple of guns over the copper-hooded open fire, rush-seated chairs around the dark wooden tripod tables, an antique oak linen chest and corner cupboard, and a complete absence of machines and music make for a pleasantly old-fashioned country pub. Darts.
The railway from which the pub gets its name has actually been dismantled, and the neighbouring station has become a combined blacksmith's forge, livery stables and boarding kennels. The food includes soup (40p) and plain or toasted sandwiches (70p). The pub has an excellent and growing collection of cigarette cards and holds a clay pigeon shoot every Sunday.
This simple and friendly inn is well placed for walks along the River Hodder, and on our visit piped rhythm and blues music. Sunday carvery (3 courses for 3.95). There is said to be a sausage-loving pub dog and a lovely white cat, which we did not meet.
Cheerful and locally popular, this 400-year-old bar has an old-fashioned and homely atmosphere with open fires at each end and pots of flowers in the deep window embrasures (the walls are very thick). The bar food, though not cheap, is good value
A busy and efficient town-centre pub with a good atmosphere (at least out of season).
A vast trussed-roof barn with pews and highly-varnished tables on its flagstones, waitresses in period bonnets, masses of antique farm tools and stuffed animals and birds, and, upstairs, the Lancaster Canal Museum and Information Centre
The friendly and old-fashioned pub by the River Lune got its alternative name from the days when it provided the press gangs with plenty of drunken sailors-to-be; it has pictures of the tall ships that used to tie up outside, instead of the water ski boats you can now watch from the old teak seats on the front terrace.
This popular city-centre pub, busy even in the evenings, is crowded at lunchtime with people here for the home-made bar food, which includes soup (50p) and sandwiches or filled buns (75p). It's also old enough to have tales about a secret tunnel to the castle.
The licencee who took over this interesting canal side pub towards the end of 1983 has impressed most readers with a feeling that it has become even better than before. Built against the vast sloping stone canal embankment, it used to be stabling for the tow-horses, and is simply furnished with bare stone walls.
French windows open out of the spacious bar on to a terrace outside this substantial old stone house and there is a swing and climbing frame beyond the big gravel car park. Inside is comfortably furnished with brown plush button-back banquettes built against the cream walls. There was piped Rod Stewart on our visit.
More and more readers have been praising the uncommon food and civilised friendliness here. The food changes daily, depending partly on the herbs and vegetables which the licencees grow themselves and partly on their aim to let people try unusual recipes, often from other countries.
Good value as a place to stay (all its comfortable bedrooms have their own bathrooms) it has a spacious lounge bar with one or two easy chairs, a Victorian settle and an antique settee on its muted brown carpet, an open fire and local photographs.
The spacious open-plan rooms of this comfortably modernised stone pub have some pleasantly snug quiet corners, studded leather seats, long button-back banquettes, dark oak paneling, a stained glass dome, and three stuffed sparrowhawks cooped up with a surly owl.
Charmingly set in the Forest of Bowland, with the River Hodder flowing past its lawn, this fairly big mellow stone house stands alone by a church. The public bar has darts, pool, dominoes, a space game and juke box and a piano is conspicuously available for anyone who wants to play. It can also (with notice) arrange shooting.
Reasonably priced good food in a refurbished Yates Wine Lodge (but definitely a pub) Remarkable design, Theakstons and Thwaites, and an excellent range of wines and ports. Loud, friendly young person's pub.