The village of Downham is often quoted as being the most beautiful in Lancashire – lovely grey stone mullion windowed cottages and, uncommonly now, no yellow lines on the road, no television aerials, no overhead wires spoiling the countryside views.
Downham was my Grandpa’s favourite place to visit, especially the pub at its heart – The Assheton Arms. After a walk with friends in nearby Pendle we chose here for lunch. We were seated at a large farmhouse table next to the bar, which though not quite as charming as the main dining area, with three boisterous seven year olds in tow, it was probably the best place to put us.
The pub is renowned for its fish, which inevitably dominates the menu, but there are meat choices too. My friend and I ordered goats cheese crumpets with rosemary honey, then fish and chips (one of the cheapest mains on the menu at £10.50). Both were good. The children’s menu ranges from £3.50 to £5 and includes choices such as fishbites, cheese omelette and mild chicken curry with rice. The Assheton Arms is a special pub that serves excellent food – it’s well worth a visit.
The Assheton Arms, Downham, Clitheroe,
Lancashire BB7 4BJ
Tel: 01200 441227 asshetonarms.com