The Assheton Arms, a quintessentially British pub in the Lancashire conservation village of Downham has been named as the best pub to eat at in a national Pub of the Year awards.
The pub is renowned locally for excellent food and has been recognised consistently for this with accolades including being in the UK’s Top 50 Gastro Pubs but being named as the Good Pub Guide’s national Dining Pub of the Year is a first.
The Guardian columnist and food critic Grace Dent last year claimed that it would be “hard not to completely fall in love with it”.
General Manager Robert Broadbent said “we’ve been named by the Good Pub Guide as Lancashire’s top dining pub year after year, but to be recognised as Britain’s best is something else”.
He added “I think it’s the food and the setting, it’s the whole package really. I love the pub, and Downham, customers who come here are spellbound by the beauty. We have to do location justice and maintain our reputation with good old hospitality while always striving to improve.”
The historic pub, set in the foothills of Pendle Hill has previously been named as Lancashire Tourism Pub of the Year and Ribble Valley Tourism Team of the Year.
The pub is part of the Seafood Pub Company, who took over the Assheton Arms in 2012, and added rooms to the venue in 2015.
Seafood Pub Company Managing Director added “I’m so proud of the team at the Assheton Arms, and obviously over the moon that the pub has been recognised for the dining experience”.
“We’re blessed by our surroundings, but we add to that our total commitment to quality and focus on the guest experience. We’re spoilt for choice with the great local produce we have available here in Lancashire, this is what brings our dishes to life whether it’s a signature seafood special, or a traditional pub classic”.