After many hand-overs The Parker's Arms is finally on its way up and it is not just the sign outside that is different.
This is my favourite pub pick for a Summer's Day. It has the most amazing views of Waddington Fell and a fantastic beer garden overlooking it. It is dog and child friendly and it is staffed by its landlords and a team of friendly folk.
A few years ago I used to live in Newton-in-Bowland and The Parker's was my local. Unfortunately, when the original landlords retired from the pub industry it ended up passing along a few hands before landing in the very capable hands of A.J. and Cathy. And this two have been busy! Since taking over they have redecorated, changed the menu, added a little shop and revamped the whole look and feel of the place. For the better, I must add.
I don't know about you, but I love when the landlords are actually around to serve you. Especially in an village this small. In Brazil we say that "the eyes of the farmer is what fattens the cattle" and I think that is not only true, but makes all the difference to the service.
The shorter menu is tasty and full of seasonal treats and their calendar is full of little events the whole family can enjoy. I love Bonfire, Halloween and Christmas as there is always something going on. You can also stay over in one of their B&B rooms. There are some lovely walks you can do from here too. My favourite is the circular one around the river. It starts and finishes at the bridge just before you enter the village and takes about 45 mins.
One quick note, do not visit this place if you are after a night of mad binge drinking. It is full of locals and families and while nobody minds you having fun and getting merrily tipsy, this is not the place to drink and start fighting or causing a scene. I might also have to warn you about the locals (including me!). You know, country folk find some interesting ways to entertain themselves. * mischievous grin * Also watch for the children when you are driving into the car park. The road that takes you into it runs in between the pub and the beer garden and the kids are usually running back and forth across it.
So... Why not come over the hill and enjoy?
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The Parker's Arms
Newton-in-Bowland BB7 3DY
Tel: 01200 446 236