Way back when the Highwayman opened in 2007, co-founder and Michelin starred chef Nigel Haworth pioneered a new style of cooking at the second of his Ribble Valley Inns. Drawing on producers from Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire, for whom farming and artisan craftsmanship are a way of life, he placed the finest regional and seasonal food at the heart of his country pub. Seven years on, the Highwayman continues to thrive following a £200k refurbishment, not to mention the appointment of a remarkable new chef.
At its heart, The Highwayman is a pub in love with its setting - which just happens to include great local food and unspoilt views. Greens and purples nod to colours of the landscape and famous producers like Peter Ascroft (cauliflowers) and Reg Johnson (Goosnargh chicken and duck) are celebrated in sought-after portraits on the walls. The hand pumps keep things regional too - with a new Thwaites-brewed “Highwayman” light amber ale coming in at a very quaffable 3.8%. Going back to basics has never been so pleasurable.