Lancashire's Ribble Valley is "Britain's finest jewel" says Grace Dent

Guardian restaurant critic Grace Dent
Guardian restaurant critic Grace Dent
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Lancashire's Ribble Valley has been named as "Britain's finest jewel" for discerning diners.

Guardian restaurant critic Grace Dent described the area as "the magical Ribble Valley . . . hiding in plain sight as Britain’s finest jewel for the tourist-who-does-dinner."

The Ribble Valley is a foodie paradise, says Grace Dent

The Ribble Valley is a foodie paradise, says Grace Dent

Dent, who is also a guest judge on MasterChef, waxed lyrical about the area describing it as an excellent place for a break, with many fine foodie pubs and comparing it favourably to the Lake District.

She added: "Let the hordes head farther north, because that way the Lancashire pubs of Wiswell, Mitton and Waddington remain calmer and uncluttered, providing world-class service."

The Parkers Arms at Newton-in-Bowland and the Assheton Arms in Downham, near Clitheroe, were singled out for particular praise as "God's own gastropubs".

The full review is in Saturday's Guardian