We booked a night at the Fountain Inn quite last minute on hotels.com taking advantage of one of our free accumulated nights. We normally stay in the Best Western in Burnley with their dog friendly policy although they do normally charge however they were fully booked on this occasion... and oh boy were we pleased as we discovered this little gem of a hotel/inn just outside Burnley in a gorgeous stone village. The owner purchased a ruined shell of a pub a year and a half ago and must have spent a small fortune and a hell of a lot of time to get it back to such a lovely state. The apartment in the attic hadn't been booked so we were offered a free upgrade. The room(s) were a mix of modern and classic furniture with a brand new 32" flat screen TV in the main bedroom. The whole apartment has been renovated to a very high standard with Velux sky lights, exposed oak beams, and a lovely pastel colour scheme. New carpet throughout and a large bathroom with walk in shower. Bed was a comfortable king size. The dogs loved it with the large bedroom and kitchen/diner area to run around in. There was no charge for the dogs either which was a pleasant surprise. The owner is amazing friendly and hospitable. You often hear people saying the same thing but you really do feel so very welcome and the dogs get fussed every 5 minutes which is lovely.
The food in the restaurant was fantastic. We had the festive menu. Everything was fresh and home made. It has a real home cooked feel to it. Nothing looked or tasted like it had come from a packet or cooked in a microwave. Breakfast was equally delicious. We had the smoked haddock with poached eggs and new potatoes. Filling and perfectly cooked.
The pub itself was very loud and busy i guess because of the run up to Christmas so finding somewhere to sit took some waiting but when we did we found ourselves chatting with locals and making new friends. One local even insisted he purchase our round of drinks which was very generous although a little awkward as we really didn't want to accept however he simply wouldn't take no for an answer. They had a huge selection of drinks including some delicious local ales along with the usual Wainwright etc. I had the local Settle (I think) which I really enjoyed.
Overall I can highly recommend this pub/restaurant/Inn for a relaxing weekend away. The rooms (including the smaller rooms - I peaked in) are clean, refurbished to a high standard, and well equipped. The food is excellent, and the pub well stocked. All the staff are extremely friendly as such are the locals. We had a great time and will most definitely be looking to stay here again.
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- Also Known As:
- The Fountain Inn Barnoldswick, Lancashire