We were happy with the room we had at the Waddington Arms.For sixty five quid,we had a good sized bedroom with a comfortable bed,simply decorated with a seemingly newly refurbished bathroom containing that walkers' essential,a bath with a good supply of hot water.That the shower over the bath was distinctly underpowered was a disappointment. The counterintuitive arrangement of the bedroom furniture was also something of an irritant in that it proved problematic to open the wardrobe door without knocking into the TV table.Closer inspection revealed that the source of the problem was the existence of only one socket in the room.A gang plug was provided so hairdryer and netbook could be used in preferred positions.
The pub itself is nicely presented with lots of eclectically selected furniture of varying ages on stone flags or bare boards.I found the beer to be excellently kept and cheerfully served and the wine list to be of reasonable length and good value.The food,however,was for me a disappointment.The Lancashire hotpot was bland and the pork special the following night had more flavour but looked a sludgy mess on the plate.I may well have chosen badly but two weak dishes in a row does not instill confidence.My wife's vegetarian choices were of reasonable quality but the variety offered to the non meat eater was at odds with the claims made in this respect on the website.
Breakfast was much better.The cooked breakfast was very well produced and the coffee was excellent and in good quantity.Cereals were the mass produced varieties and jam came in little packets but at this price,that's fair enough,I'd say.Service throughout our stay was polite and professional.
I'd definitely stay here again if only to do some more walking in the lovely countryside around Clitheroe.Waddington itself is a pretty village,despite being on a quite busy road.The Forest of Bowland and the famous Trough are unsung but beautiful areas for walking and the little cafe at Slaidburn makes a good finishing point to a day's hike.Clitheroe has retained something of the character of an old market town and the castle and its little museum are worth a look.
- Also Known As:
- Waddington Arms Hotel Clitheroe
- Waddington Arms Clitheroe, Lancashire