National recognition for Longridge inn

Longridge's Derby Arms has been named as one of the UK's 100 best places to stay by The Sunday Times.

Journalists from the newspaper visited venues throughout the country to judge comfort, service and value, personality and warmth.

The Derby Arms is one of seven venues owned and operated by the Seafood Pub Company, which offers accommodation alongside its food and drink menus.

Susan D’Arcy, chief reviewer for The Sunday Times Best Places to Stay 2017 said: “We loved the Derby Arms for two reasons: outstanding food at great prices, and a stylish makeover of what was once a deeply traditional country pub.

“The menu is big on seafood: it has a brilliant Asian twist, and the Goacurries are excellent – rather unexpected deep in the Lancashire countryside. More local options are well worth a try: you can’t go wrong with the Goosnargh duck. The fish comes from Chris Neve in Fleetwood – but his daughter Joycelyn is the real star here: her great eye for interiors has turned this 16th-century coaching into a style destination.”

Matt Ward, general manager of the venue, said: “We’re proud that we’ve created an award-winning destination that is loved by both locals and those who come to explore the Forest of Bowland and the wide range of outdoor pursuits that are on our doorstep. "The Sunday Times is doing a fantastic job of promoting the hospitality industry in Britain and we are really pleased that they have chosen us as one of their new entrants for this year.”