We ventured down to the newly refurbished Aspinall Arms, only open a few days, so we did anticipate some teething problems, and allowed for this.
The setting of Aspinall Arms is probably the best in the Ribble Valley as the outside views are spectacular. The garden seating area (no beer garden here) gently slopes down to the river over looked by the mediaeval church, with plenty of open space for children, eating alfresco and for strolling couples.
The place has been beautifully renovated to a very high and considerable investment. The lay out is interesting, atmospheric and an altogether a contemporary British Pub/restaurant experience. There is plenty of room suitable for everyone, with a space to suit all; large restaurant area, garden rooms, cosy corners and designated space for private parties or large parties. We did think that on entering the premises that it wasn’t clear where to go to request your table (or if you could just go and sit anywhere if just having a drink) – this needs to be addressed.
The staff were very pleasant, helpful and professional, nothing was too much trouble and above all calm!
The service was slow, but expected, the food well cooked and nicely presented, but only a small menu at the time, with interesting starters and desserts, but the main meal offering will need to have a greater selection in order to meet the needs of everyone, and give me something more to choose from!
We had the Moroccan Lamb, do try it! It was very tasty, the meat was tender and the flavours where everything that we had hoped for.
Our only negative comment at this time is that for both the meals and the wine, whilst this is the Ribble Valley, the prices are a little on the high side depending on what you select, our three course meal with wine was £80 – I would rather eat in the more select Eagle at Barrow, as I think most would call the Aspinall predominantly - Family Dining. Hopefully this new entry into the Ribble Valley is finding its niche and time will tell.
Please do not let this deter you at least pop in for a sandwich and a side of chips to try it out, sit outside and enjoy the view which is free (the view that is!)
Your dogs are welcome in the flagged areas of the Aspinall Arms at the front of the pub, it ticks so many of the boxes!
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