Review on The Spread Eagle

The setting is a major attraction for visitors to this cottagey seventeenth-century inn, and you don't need to worry about booking a table with a view: everyone in the Riverside Restaurant can enjoy vistas of the Ribble and the Bowland Hills beyond.

Chef Greig Barnes trained with Paul Heathcote and it shows in his fondness for robust, earthy dishes based around North Country ingredients. Grilled medallions of black pudding might be served with Puy lentils, honey and mustard sauce, while braised neck of lamb is given the full Lancashire treatment with layers of buttered potatoes and onions plus spiced pickled red cabbage on the side.

Influences from France, the Mediterranean and the Far East also creep in, giving the menu a truly global outlook. Slices of air-dried Spanish ham are served with wedges of pear, shaved Parmesan and maple syrup, seared fillet of sea bass is accompanied by an Asian dressing, while grilled breast of duck might be served with poached pineapple, spring onions and an anise-flavoured sauce.

To complete the picture, there are desserts ranging from malted coffee brle to layered chocolate truffle cake with Griottine cherries and pistachio ice cream. The wine list offers plenty of decent drinking at fair prices and, if you fancy a dram, the Spread Eagle boasts one of the largest selections of single malts south of the border.

The Spread Eagle is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, AA Guide

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Gastro pub


Greig Barnes

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm (7.30pm Sun)
Dinner: 5.30 - 9.00pm Mon-Fri (6.00 - 9.30pm Sat)

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card

Online Booking Availability for The Spread Eagle

Facilities at The Spread Eagle

  • Childrens menu
  • Disabled access
  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 80 covers
  • Family Friendly


Accomodation is available, (7 rooms)


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


The Spread Eagle

Customer Ratings on The Spread Eagle

3.7  / 5

Based on 2 reviews

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  • avatar
    Alan Ding
    December 2019

    4 people found this review helpful

    I called at the spread some weeks ago in the evening. The food and service was excellent . On the strength of this I booked in for a party of 8 ,lunch time Friday 8 November . Well the experience was just the opposite . We were presented with the menu's ,and one of the party asked what the Pie of the day was , the waitress said there was a choice of 2 types . However we could not have the second choice until the remaining 2 pies of type 1 had been served ( this then created a felling among the party that these were yesterdays pies ) .I then asked whether I could have chips in stead of mashed potatoes ( note not in addition to ) .I was then told that this would incur a cost of 2.50 . At this point we decided that this was not the place we wanted to be at . We then rung up the Calf's Head pub ,and asked if they could accommodate a party of 8 in about 20 -30 minutes , yes they could . A total different experience, Surrounding A1 Service A1 Food A1 Day saved

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    Dad, Mum And Me
    October 2012

    24 people found this review helpful
    Lunch with my parents

    My parents and I had a delicious early starter lunch, served by very pleasant and helpful staff. Nothing was too much trouble. If I didn't live so far away I would visit more frequently.

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