Double award for Downham gastro pub

Jocelyn Neve and her team at the Assheton Arms in Downham

Jocelyn Neve and her team at the Assheton Arms in Downham

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High quality food and drinks, excellent service and a stunning setting have led to happy customers and independent judges placing Downham’s Assheton Arms in two prestigious industry guides.

The popular “gastro-pub”, owned by the Seafood Pub Company, has been named County Pub of the Year in the Good Pub Guide 2015. Judges called The Assheton Arms a “fine old inn with plenty of dining and drinking space, a friendly welcome, several real ales and creative food.”

Meanwhile The Good Food Guide, made up entirely of restaurants based on reader recommendations and anonymous inspections, has also listed The Assheton Arms in its Good Food Guide 2015.

The Seafood Pub Company was awarded the lease of the 18th century inn by Lord and Lady Clitheroe in 2012. Following a sensitive £400,000 refurbishment, The Assheton Arms became a stylish restaurant which still retains its strong identity as a community village inn – and enjoys stunning panoramic views across the valley to Pendle Hill.

The menu at The Assheton Arms combines world food dishes with Lancashire classics, all made using the finest quality local produce.

Seafood Pub Company managing director Joycelyn Neve, commented: “We think The Assheton is a fantastic pub, but to know that leading figures in the hospitality sector and customers think the same is amazing news.