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New Inn, Clitheroe

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Just back from a visit to lancashire for the first time and was happy to find this pub. Excellent ales and well kept. The place has a cozy and comfortable feel to it. We chatted with others visiting the place and came away with the impression this is the best pub in town. I tried all four ales on at the time and each was equally fine.

If you find yourself in Clitheroe, this is the first place to stop for a pint. You will likely be there longer than you planned. I know I did, just wish I had more time to spend there.
fr21555 - 27 Nov 2016 19:30
Went in because it's in the Good Beer Guide. Had a well-kept pint of Gunpowder mild and a couple of tasty pints of bitter. The locals were a little bit off-putting - they'd obviously known each other for donkey's years, but didn't know me, so were rather stand-offish. But on the whole, well worth a visit.
paul154 - 10 Sep 2012 16:48
Came here with a couple of friends the other month. Turned out to be the best one in Clitheroe. Ample amount of handpumps along with a real cider. Average prices. The quality of the beer was excellent.

What made the visit most pleasing was the various rooms with their oldie worldy originality. Outside drinkers were well looked after with the pub boasting a seating area at the front to watch life go by in the town. It also offered a very spacious area at the back of the pub which offered scenic views of the surrounding countryside.

Locals seemed a bit stand off (ish) at first, but seemed to open up after chatting with them etc.
realalerules1983 - 20 Aug 2012 12:01
The first of 3 pubs we sampled in Clitheroe and easily the best. The New Inn is a traditional town pub with 3 rooms. 1 of the 2 rooms at the front is simply decorated and has access to the bar. The other is more cosy, but has no bar access. The rear room is also simply decorated and is the best place to view the beer selection. It's also the room where most of the locals seem to congregate. The landlord seems to take pride in his beers and there are 9 handpulls. On our visit, he had Coach House Farriers Bitter, Gunpowder Mild & Lemon, Prospect Whatever, Moorhouses Pride of Pendle, Blond Witch & Premier Bitter, Bank Top Barley To Beer & Bowland Pheasant Plucker & Farmer Jack. Recommended if you're ever in Clitheroe and fairly near to the castle.
blue_scrumpy - 7 Jun 2012 21:37
Excellent choice of (I think) 11 cask ales. Worth a visit.
alexw - 3 Jan 2012 07:27
Old pub with a worn feel to it. Has a bar, parlour and area by the bar. There were eight ales on - tried a pint of Pride of Pendle which was nice enough.
Snarling_Mallard - 27 Oct 2011 16:06
As always a great pub to visit, with a wide range of guest ales. A must whenever in Clitheroe!
wobblybob - 26 Aug 2011 11:19
Best real ale pub in the area. Extensive range of real ales all in top condition. A friendly, busy pub with a great atmosphere.
whoareu - 14 Jul 2009 21:29
Pub is located below the castle, close to the market place, in the centre of the town. Visted yesterday afternoon and despite a couple of handpumps not being in use there were still about 7 real ales to choose from, generally from local breweries. Got served straight away (with a smile) and at less than 2 a pint the New Inn is great value. The various rooms to choose from looked cosy and inviting but with the good weather we joined the mainly elder generation regulars outside who were friendly enough. Would definately re-visit if in the area again.
LittleFamilyFish - 1 Jun 2009 15:24
Having been to this pub in the evening, it appeared to be well used and popular. However, on the afternoon of the 18th of Feb. I visited this place and was shattered to meet a female who was completely oblivious to who was in and who was being served and was much more interested in the newspaper. She half smiled once or twice at people she obviously knew, including a guy called William and blanked others, including me. It went something like this:- Hi, pint of Guiness please and a smile.' Nothing'. A minute or two later,thanks love, cheers, with a smile. 'Nothing'. That's no reaction at all. She might have previously worked with potatoes,(and back to the Daily Mail.) Later, a chap left and she managed to say 'bye William'. I offered, 'place is full of Williams' and smiled; the reaction was; absolutely nothing at all, that's nothing, no reply, like I wasn't there. Another chap stood at the other side for several minutes until she decided to see him and serve him. If this was the Landlady, then she shouldn't be. If she is a bar person, then lose her, because with pubs closing in unprecedented numbers, this is guarenteed to lose more customers, at a time when every customer is like gold. I might point out that I have been in pubs all over the country,for many years. From 'posh establishments' to 'rough' inner cities and mostly in between, but nothing has ever come close to this cold, bored and generally disinterested attitude that I encountered today. Any reaction would be most welcome, for the sake of the English way of life, before it is extinguished forever.
llibuse - 18 Feb 2009 17:45
Friendly multi-roomed comfortable pub. Excellent service and friendly atmosphere. Impressive number of handpumps and the beer I sampled, Goose Eye Chinook, was beautifully kept and very reasonably priced.

Top notch.
EFC1878 - 18 Jan 2009 18:58
The Gunpowder Mild was excellent when I visited the other day. Don't forget to visit Booths supermarket across the way - cheapest bottled beer around!
79Thatcherite - 24 Jun 2008 11:04
Great range of real ales, and always a friendly welcome in this multi-roomed, proper pub. And the beer's sold at sensible prices. Love it!
wobblybob - 13 Aug 2007 20:50
This is a most enjoyable ale house and comes replete with open fires, traditional furnishings, and friendly staff. There are several different rooms to explore and the pub is kept in excellent condition.

The New Inn doesn't serve food but more than makes up for it with an extensive range of reasonably priced real ales and a good selection of wine (for a pub). The clientele are largely aged 30 and above, and includes a fair share of lady customers which adds to the pleasant atmosphere.

The pub can get rather busy on Friday and Saturday nights.
SausagesandMash - 30 Nov 2006 22:59
Small and unprepossessing when you get there, the interior is a surprise. Five large comfortable rooms which retain something of how the place must have looked in the 50s or earlier. So far there's been no piped music (a huge plus), though there's occasional live music - nothing too rumbustuous. There's a TV room.

The beer is eclectic - Moorhouse, Phoenix, Skipton plus others, all well served at a good temperature and nice and clean.

I have the feeling that this is a "man's pub" though obviously women drink there. I liked it a lot.
Allan - 21 Sep 2004 18:49

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