First time at The Three Fishes for quite some time. Pleased to report that standards have not slipped and we had a thoroughly enjoyable lunch. What they excel at is well-delivered comfort food that really hits the spot and on our table the Venison scotch egg, Rabbit pie, Fish & chips and Fish pie all got the thumbs up. Wine list is good with lots of choice (as you would expect from a Northcote sibling) and also very good value. We chose a bottle of Chablis (which was also available by the glass, ranging from taster 70ml to third of a bottle 250ml). Quibbles? Only one minor one – you need to go to the bar to pay the bill.
Visited The Three Fishes in Mitton after its recent makeover. Not sure that it even needed one but I guess it’s good to stay ahead of the game. It has a more relaxed feel inside now and while the menu has not changed radically there are new takes on old school dishes like Prawn Cocktail and Steak Diane. I always thought this place was a destination venue (ie worth the drive out there) and this is still very much the case. If you’ve never been before, give it a go; if you have, check out the new look and the new menu.
Another good meal at the Three Fishes just prior to Christmas. It’s the original one of Northcote’s now four Ribble Valley pubs and for me it’s still the best by some distance. Always seems to be busy and yet the staff are well-drilled and friendly. The fish pie was lovely – as was the bottle of Chablis we had with it – and the pumpkin soup from the seasonal menu was very moreish.
First visit for quite a while and happy to say I thoroughly enjoyed the meal. I’m a big fan of venues that support local suppliers and it’s probably fair to say that this place -- and its sister venues, which include Northcote Manor – set the standard to which others aspire. Still seems to be as popular as ever and my only criticism would be that in peak times the staff seem to get stretched to the limit
First visit for hubby’s birthday, found 3 fishes on internet, he loved his meal. I had the cheese pie ( being a veggie) very nice but the cheese was a bit too salty for my liking shame, but would go again and would recommend.
had a great Sunday lunch with my old queen. The potted duck and Cumberland sauce was great although it maybe needed a touch more salt. The other side of the table got all sticky with the ginger sticky chicken wings. Main courses of Roast loin of pork was the ultimate. 2 good slices of pork loin still tender and juicy with crackling that was supremely crispy. the portobello mushroom burger was good but the tomato sauce has the weirdest taste, maybe some work needs doing there. The jelly was more like a wine gum consistency which was a shame and lacked flavour although the whipped custard quenelle was beauty. I could of eaten a whole jar of that.
After saying all that the service was impeccable and the new spring menu will be arriving on Friday the 15th April. we will be booking for Easter. Yes that's correct you will need to book. I love this place, i have a soft spot for it. Keep up the good work.
Tried the Three Fishes for the first time yesterday and found it to be a bit of a disappointment. The menu looked okay for starters and for desserts but the main meal section was lacking if you weren't after steak.
I plumped in the end for the duck salad and the Lancashire Hotpot ( knowing that Nigel had won awards for one of his hotpots). The salad was okay..nothing special just the usual mix of leaves, meat, blackpudding and egg...not a lot in the way of dressing on it, which made it a tad dry for me.
The hot pot was foul. It consisted of meat, potatoe and stringy onions in an overly greasy ladle of dish water. A bit of an insult really considering that not too far down the road at Northcote folk would have been tucking into an award winning version. accompaniment to this meat potatoe and onion was a pickled cabbage which was overly sweet for me.
Not a great experience I am afraid.
I agree with an earlier poster that these pubs are coasting on a reputation. However, while you know that what you'll be served is usually of good quality and fresh and we do really appreciate the 'use local producers' principle - the few vegetarian options have, on the whole, been very underwhelming and we've left thinking we haven't had good value for money more than once. What's more, the three 'pubs' (let's face it, they're not really pubs) in the chain that we've been to have a very 'corporate' feel and no charm whatsoever. I think/hope the fashion for these sort of places passes or at least levels off. The gloss has certainly rubbed off for us.
The 'fishes' is the nearest restaurant to my house. I have been going here for years, as well as the other Nigel Haworth pubs (they are pretty much all the same). The food is good, but by no means the best thereabouts. It does coast on reputation, and there are plenty of places nearby that have surpassed it in the last few years. The log fire is pretty, but don't sit next to it, even in Winter. It roars.
Just thought I should warn people about the bar. The guy before mentioned his surprise that the lemonade came out of a bottle. It is always this way. There is no soft drinks machine, and very little variety in their bottled drinks, which are all tiny and overpriced. There is also a lack of decent cask ale. If you are going for a bar experience, you would be much better at the 'Aspinall arms' which is literally around the corner, and does pretty good food too. Foodwise, I have been through the entire menu. It's all good, but if you want a real food 'experience', try the 'red pump' at bashiell.
I dined at the Three Fishes a week last Friday and thoroughly enjoyed my experience. I was taking my mother for an early mothers day treat and she was not disappointed!
We arrived for lunch and proceeded to the bar where we were met with professional yet relaxed service, I have one gripe which I think the staff were slightly ashamed of; I ordered a pint of Peroni and a lemonade for mum, the lemonade machine must have been on the fritz because the lemonade actually came out of a 2 litre schweppes bottle, no apology was made and full price was charged which I thought a little queer as the reputation precedes this place. Not to worry, we're not fussy. We declared we were dining and were promptly sat at a table of our choice (down the far end near the fire). There was no background music which I commented on, maybe there is some thought behind this but I did wonder if the experience may be better with some dulcet tones in the background.
With the free magazine offered at the bar and the extensive menus we were not short of literature and my lager was obviously well kept. Mum chose the fish pie and I went for the braised shin of beef. It promptly arrived 15 minutes later even though the place was filling up by this time.
I must say the quality of the food was fantastic, as a former chef myself I share the respect for fresh local produce to the fact you do not have to do a great deal with quality ingredients. The shin was cooked brilliantly, very slowly braised; so much so it had an uncanny likeness to lamb (and this is how it should be). Accompanied a thin red wine gravy and cubed root veg it was a great comfort on a dull day, the horseradish mash was just right for me although there could have been more of it. My mother enjoyed her fish pie commenting on the well selected the fish was and that it was 'bloody red hot'.
All in all it was a fantastic lunch and with two lemonades, two pints of lager and two main meals + tip being less than 35 quid;
I didn't fell it too expensive!
On behalf of mum I will add that the service was perfectly unintrusive. We HATE being interrupted being asked if our meal is 'ok' half a dozen times whilst eating, we were not even disturbed when we were asked the one time how it was. Well done for that!
It was also amusing to do a bit of 'people watching' too! We saw what we thought an 'ominous couple' across the way with a shifty demeanor and an obvious age difference. We had a chuckle at how this businessman was taking his mistress to an 'out-of-the-way' restaurant so as not to be spotted. But we knew exactly what they were up to. Very amusing.
Afterwards we went for a meander around Great Mitton to make more of a day of it and spotted a few quaint shops. A lovely afternoon, many thanks to all the gang at the Three Fishes, you do a good job.