We have always enjoyed a Sunday trip to The Three Fishes which, for us, involves a long lunch and a nice countryside ramble. However this year, as both the kids have been inspired by hobbits, elves and a very well rubbed ring, we decided to extend our normal walk and work up an appetite by trying out the five-and-a-half-mile Tolkien Trail (we downloaded the map from www.forestofbowland.com) which started in Hurst Green at the Shireburn Arms Hotel. Though not a pushchair-friendly walk, it takes in some beautiful scenery and, if you are familiar with The Lord of the Rings trilogy, does give clues as to where Tolkien got his ideas from. Feeling thoroughly deserving, we then jumped in the car for the five-minute drive to The Three Fishes.
The pub has maintained its lovely atmosphere, with welcoming staff and burning log fires. Food was up to its usual standard with seasonal ingredients offered both to adults and children. The children’s menu is especially good. We all enjoyed a three course meal, with the kids loving the milkshakes, chipolata sausage, chicken breast with mash and vegetables, and pancakes for pudding.
The quality and choice at The Three Fishes ensures that you can enjoy a family meal in a restaurant devoted to excellent local food.
Food: Lunch Mon-Sat 12-2pm, Sun 12-8pm; Afternoon bites Mon-Fri 2-5.30pm; Dinner Mon-Thurs 5.30-8.30pm,
Fri-Sat 5.30-9pm, Sun 12-8.30pmThe Three Fishes, Mitton Road, Mitton,
Near Whalley, Lancashire BB7 9PQ Tel: 01254 826888 thethreefishes.com