Fence is a lovely part of Burnley and there are some great options to dine, drink at. The Fence gate Inn and the Ye Old Sparrowhawk are the best I believe. We nipped in for lunch and even the though there was a funeral on, we were looked after well. I had the ploughmans which was very nice. A great palce for a pint outside with lovely countryside views.
I went here yesterday with a colleague and we were both disappointed. I ordered fish and chips (small) as I wasn't very hungry.
Small??? - MINUTE would be a better description - I have never seen such a small portion - it would not have fed a small child. A few thick chips (6 or 7) and a dollop of mushy peas. £8!
My companion had tasteless duck pasty with a very small portion of fries.
The guy I spoke to about it just said "so you're disappointed?" and then drifted away, never to return.
I shall never return either....
Me and my family spent a fantastic evenings dining here. The service from the well trained staff is impeccable. The food is very reasonable and worthy of awards in my opinion. The setting of this country pub is lovely and many an afternoon/evening could so easily be whiled away taking in the views whilst dining outside in the garden or tasting the many local ales the pub offers.
Well worth a visit!!!
I had lunch here (January 2008) and was most disappointed. My starter which was king scallops on risotto, had completely cold scallops, which was unpleasant to say the least. the risotto was delicous though. there was a drizzle of a pretty apricot coloured "jus" around the plate, unfortunately I can't tell you what it was, as it had absolutely no taste whatsoever. My main course was advertised on the menu as "crispy slow roasted bellypork, with caramelised onions, neeps and tatties, red wine jus and our own apple sauce". Well when it came there were no neeps, neeps being one of the reasons I chose the dish. instead there was practically raw shredded cabbage which was tepid, NO apple sauce, NO red wine jus, some onions that were definitely not caramelised, and a piece of "crackling" stuck into the mash like a wafer on an ice cream cone. When i bit into the crackling (which i usually adore), I felt sick as my mouth filled with cooking oil. The crackling had clearly been fried in oil, it was awful. The mashed potatoes were okay, the pork was tender enough and had a nice layer of fat, but was quite tasteless. Really this dish bore no real resemblance to the one promised on the menu. The people with me had mushroom soup which was tepid at most, with a helping of an ultra garlicy oil on top of it, which really seemed surplus to requirements.
Believe it or not im not a particularly fussy eater, but the food at this place, after looking so good on the menu, and having good reviews was a serious let down. My cold scallops were awful and the pork dish was poor, no other way to put it, and it was £11 for that poor quality.
I was not then suprised to hear another person that day say "yes the food looks great on the plates, but it doesn't taste very good".
I won't go back there again, and i honestly don't know why it has a good reputation. It was quiet when we were in so the chef couldnt have been rushed off his feet, and the waitresses took over ten minutes to tot up our very simple bill.
The Sparrowhawk hits the mark for me.
Great cask beers, superb friendly service, good food with a great feel to the place.
Double edged sword this review because it's already difficult to get a table on a Friday night now!