An historic 18th century village pub, across the road from a 13th century church, in the 8th century Lancashire village of Downham, across the valley from the mysterious Pendle Hill. Among all this picturesque history is a Grade II-listed community inn with an alter ego as a destination eating place. The Assheton Arms is operated by the family-owned Seafood Pub Company which also has the acclaimed Oyster & Otter gastropub at Feniscowles, Blackburn. So you can expect the same highest quality, locally sourced food, cooked and presented to perfection by a top chef and highly-trained kitchen staff with a passion for service excellence. It's the same broad concept as the Oyster & Otter but adapted to a traditional country pub that still has a stone fireplace dating back to 1765 in a village that has no TV aerials, overhead cables, double yellow lines, dormer windows or road signs. An eight week, £400,000 restoration programme has created a two-storey,130-cover eatery with four dining rooms with new oak flooring and fittings, Lancashire cooking ranges, restored antique radiators and private dining areas where customers can personalise their own lighting and i-pod sound systems. The best seasonal seafood comes automatically because the Assheton Arms is leased to the daughter of the North West's most prominent seafood dynasty. Joycelyn Neve's father, Chris, had a trusted wholesale supply business that operated its own fleet of trawlers and delivered catches to restaurants, hotels and caterers throughout the north of England, as far as London, and to luxury liners like the QE2. Now Chris scouts Fleetwood for the best buys from the trawlermen and ensures it's at the Assheton Arms within hours joining with fresh poultry, pork, beef and lamb for the menu's non-fish dishes. Executive chef Antony Shirley adds his international experience from Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge to Raffles in the West Indies to guarantee exceptional food, cooked and presented the way it should be. The Assheton Arms has been named Lancashire Life Dining Pub of the Year' just eight months after opening.
Other Seafood Pub Company properties include the Oyster & Otter at Feniscowles, near Blackburn, the Fenwick Arms at Claughton, near Lancaster, the Derby Arms at Thornley, near Longridge the Farmers Arms at Great Eccleston, near Garstang and the Town Green Brasserie in Ormskirk.
Our monthly walking club is the first Saturday of the month, alternating between The Barley Mow and Assheton Arms.
Enjoy a complimentary bacon butty and a brew at 9am, ready to set off at 9.30am and back to the pub for 11.30am - 12pm. Dogs welcome.
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|Main dining room capacity||120|
|Booking policy||Walk in's accepted|
|Max group booking size||70|
|Function rooms available||Yes|
|Function rooms details||3 smaller function rooms available|
|Outside dining space||Yes|
|Outside dining spaces||60|
|Outside dining details||A charming outside dining area means customers are just as comfortable outside as they are inside. With beautiful views of Pendle Hill and the village of Downham, the location does'nt get much better!|
|Average 3 course lunch price (excluding drinks)||£20|
|Average 3 course evening meal price (excluding drinks)||£25|
|Alcohol license||Bring your own|
|Vegetarian catering||Vegetarian restaurant|
|Vegan catering||Vegan venue|
|Halal catering||Halal venue|
|Wheat/Gluten catering||Wheat / Gluten Free options on menu|
|Wheelchair access throughout facility||Yes|
|Dedicated disabled toilets||Yes|
|Dedicated disabled parking||Yes|
|Payment by credit card||Yes|
|Payment by debit card||Yes|
|Drink without food||Yes|
|Separate bar with seating||Yes|
|Covered smoking area||no covered smoking area|
|Venue special views||The pub is located in the stunning village of Downham, which overlooks Pendle Hill.|