“ Bolton - by - Bowland, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 4NL. Tel:01200 447205. „
Went to the Copy Nook with friends on 22 Mar 2007. A very pretty location, excellent food, good choice, reasonable prices - --but the staff!! They couldn't wait to get rid of us. We arrived for lunch at 12.00 and were hassled to give our order immediately. But as we hadn't seen our friends for some time we didn't decide immediately so they pestered us until we gave in and ordered. Because we were still talking after we'd finished eating they stood in line behind the bar and glared balefully at us until we decided to pay up and go. The tactics certainly worked, their other customers who arrived well after us had long gone before we threw in the towel at just before 2.30. Unfortunately two more diners arrived just before 2.00. I shudder to think what pressure they came under to finish up and go. Not the place to go if you want a leisurely meal and you're easily intimidated.
I took my young family and the mother in law to the Copy Nook Hotel on 27/08/06. The Copy Nook is set in the most beautiful area's of the Ribble valley, just north of Clitheroe and Pendle Hill. The area attracts many vistors and walkers to this unspoilt part of north west England. Have a look around Sawley a picturesque little village nearby Anyway, this were the second time i had been there. The first time we ate there the senior management(lady with blonde hair) were quiet horrible, we turned up with 11 in our party(mum+dad,sister+brother-in-law and kids) for my nieces 21st and she were really off with us because we hadn't booked, which we didn't know we had too. Anyway putting all the dirty looks away while we where eating to one side, the food were excellent, by far the best i've had ever, everyone were delighted. On sunday we all got our food and they only brought us one tiny serving dish with all the chips, potatoes and veggies. On the dish were 14 chunky chips, 3 boiled potatoes,a spoonful of carrots and 3 small florets of cauliflower between 3 adults. I looked at my 5 year old daughters plate and there were more chips and veggies on her plate than what were on the 3 adults serving dish. My food(rack of lamb) were again really good while my wifes and mum-in-laws lamb(supposedly) was horrible, till this day i do not know what it was. I were eating lamb so i tried there's, it tasted bitter abit like liver and no texture to it like lamb has. Price's were pretty average,starters £2.50-£4.50 main course £6.95-£13.95 desserts £2.50-£4.00 Before the last time we went there i had recommended it to all my friends and colleagues that it were superb, now i just hope they don't go. Sorry cant review the hotel, haven't stayed there
A major proportion of my working life is spent on different sites within the UK, because of this I have sampled the delights of many hotels. It is my experience that the smaller independent hotelier offers a friendlier and more personal package. One of the best of these small hotels has got to be the "Copy Nook" in Bolton by Bowland (between Clitheroe and Skipton) run by trained chef Brendan Woods and his able team. The place is small and cosy, with only 6 bedrooms. Each of the bedrooms has en-suite facilities and all are kept in pristine condition. Brendan knows his food and his clientele and runs a very pleasant restaurant that caters for many tastes, although it must be noted that the vegetarian options are limited. My own personal favourites are roast duck, pheasant and the duck and cherry pie. The restaurant is usually busy at weekends and booking is recommended. The surrounding countryside is breathtaking, with many good walks on footpaths and bridleways. If you want to visit the Forest of Bowland area, this hotel should be your starting point.