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Hoof and Rooster.

Clitheroe has yet another New Kid On The Block when it comes to dining out. The ‘Hoof and Rooster’ on York Street is an American Style BBQ and Smokehouse serving everything from Burgers to Brisket in a cool but cosy retro setting. I’ve actually been twice so I thought I had better do the blogger thing and post about it !



The first time was a Saturday morning at about 11.30am, Wil and I  thought we would bob in for a coffee and a nosy…and ended up staying for lunch. And why not! We had bagged a comfy leather sofa, which was so hard to move from. ๐Ÿ™‚ There was ample  opportunity to take quite a few photos with my phone before the lunchtime crowds arrived.





The vibe was very chilled with A Fine Frenzy and Ray Lamontagne playing in the background. I didn’t see a jukebox though! Looking around us there was however enough going on to keep our peepers busy. Every wall is adorned with colourful American memorabilia. Retro advertising ( the Lucky strike cigarettes board reminded me of Mad Men), Eye popping wall art, and Neon Signage.







But what about the important bit! The food!!  The menu is very meaty, which you would definitely expect from a Smokehouse. It’s mostly burgers,hotdogs, hot wings, pulled pork, brisket and steaks. On this occasion I opted for the Foot Long American Hot Dog ( Ok, I was hungry!) and Wil chose the Classic Steak Patty.

Our food was tasty and we had a friendly and attentive waitress so lunch was definitely a big thumbs up. And after all that I was still tempted to try dessert. What’s more Stateside than this yummy zesty Key lime pie. ๐Ÿ™‚


Our second visit was on Saturday evening and as you imagine, it was a hell of a lot busier, with a real buzzing night out vibe. I didn’t take many pics this time. Service was slower, but I will put that down to how busy it was. By the way you don’t have to eat at the Hoof and Rooster. There’s a well stocked bar ( specialising in American Craft beers) and I love the cute booths at the back of the restaurant, with tables made from old cable drums.

This time we were seated upstairs and as we were dining out with some veggie friends, I was a bit concerned about what they would think of the menu. I needn’t have worried. Vegetarian options include Spicy Bean Burger, Macaroni Cheese and Jack Fruit Burger. There’s seafood on the menu too. I really enjoyed my Soft Shell Crab Burger. ๐Ÿ™‚

Great Music, Good food , Good beer , Quirky colourful surroundings. What more could you want in Clitheroe !

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I might be tempted to bob in again soon…..for coffee and a slice of pumpkin pie. ๐Ÿ™‚























Afternoon tea at Northcote Manor.


I have lived in Lancashire’s lovely Ribble Valley all my life, but up until very recently , I had never visited Northcote Manor. Northcote was built in the 19th century by a wealthy Lancashire textiles baron. The handsome Victorian residence is an 18 bedroomed luxury hotel and has an
award winning michelin star restaurant. It is partly owned by celebrity chef Nigel Howarth.

As it was my birthday not long ago I hinted ( quite strongly!) to my other half , that I would love to go there for afternoon tea. Happily he took the hint and booked it for 3-30pm on a Friday. Afternoon teas are only available for non residents during the week….but luckily we both had the day off, so that worked out ok for us.


On arrival we were shown into the conservatory and given a table for two by the window. It was quite a busy afternoon so it was nice to be seated there. There are three afternoon tea choices. We opted for the Prosecco afternoon tea at ยฃ25.50 per person. :))


We were presented with our afternoon tea on a three tiered cake stand. Four choices of sandwiches on the bottom tier. Marmalade glazed ham, Bowland beef, Egg and cress and Port of Lancaster smoked salmon. Scones with homemade strawberry jam and clotted cream adorned the middle tier. Miniature Victoria sponge, Lemon tarts, shortbread and Chocolate ganache slices completed the top tier.


The food was quite traditional, tasty and made from locally sourced ingredients. Northcote itself has a surprisingly contemporary yet elegant ambience. I think we were expecting it to be a wee bit old fashioned and stuffy, but that was not the case. The staff were very welcoming and I enjoyed my Birthday treat very much. Maybe oneday we will return and try out the Gourmet Menu or the Taster Menu!


Have you ever been out for afternoon tea?

Birthday lunch at Stydd Gardens.

As my other half is busy watching that crazy Yorkshireman/speeddemon Guy Martin on the telly, I thought I would share a few pics from my Birthday lunch today at the Glass House in Ribchester. The Glass House is literally a tropical greenhouse that houses a sublime yet quirky restaurant. For me it was love at first sight. ๐Ÿ™‚ We enjoyed scrumptious food in eye catching surroundings, then had a nosy round the grounds ( Stydd gardens is also a garden center) and browsed the eclectic collection of gift shops in brightly painted cabins. Hope my pictures give you a little idea of the ambience of the place. The Birthday Girl ( and her guests ! ) aprove. ๐Ÿ™‚

 My Portobello Mushroom Burger. :)
My Portobello Mushroom Burger. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Cheeky monkeys. ๐Ÿ™‚
Coffee and walnut cake. Yummy!
Coffee and walnut cake. Yummy!

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I really loved my visit and The Glass House is somewhere I wouldn’t hesitate to return to. What a Birthday treat!

A Christmas Picnic Bench Afternoon Tea.

The Garden Kitchen at Holden Clough Nursery.
The Garden Kitchen at Holden Clough Nursery.

I’m feeling very festive. Three of us had a sublime Christmas Picnic at The Garden Kitchen over the weekend. Scrummy scrumptious Afternoon Tea served on a miniature picnic bench. My wonderful work colleagues clubbed together to get me some vouchers for my birthday and I couldn’t wait to book a table. I actually came here in the summer for my friend Jo’s birthday too ( you can read about it here) so I knew we would be in for a treat. ๐Ÿ™‚

Our Christmas Picnic.
Our Christmas Picnic.

The Picnic bench came brimming with goodies including festive canapes ( the mini beef yorkshire pud was delish), mini gingerbread men, mincemeat crumble, chocolate Christmas tree crumble and millionaires shortbread.

Me and Sis enjoying our picnic.
Me and Sis enjoying our picnic.

Where else can you sip mulled wine out of a wellie boot but the Garden Kitchen. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Mulled Wine served in a wellie boot. :)
Mulled Wine served in a wellie boot. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Christmas Picnic Afternoon tea is ยฃ19-95 per person and along with the festive food you are served house tea or filter coffee and a glass of bubbly prosecco.

Cute Christmas Display.
Cute Christmas Display.
You can buy your own glass wellie boot to take home as a momento.
You can buy your own glass wellie boot to take home as a momento.

The Garden Kitchen is a fantastic place to go for a catch up over a fun and quirky Afternoon Tea .There is also a Christmas Menu avaliable through December. I’m certainly tempted to go again!