Restaurant review - The Spinners at Cowling

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I honestly think the Spinners at Cowling puts on the best pub food in the area.

Wednesday, 11th February 2015, 9:52 am
The Spinners at Cowling

The popular pub is nestled away on a hill shortly after Cowling Mill.

Easy to get to and plenty of parking, the Spinners never ceases to amaze me.

You cannot beat quality pub grub and the food on offer is simply delicious.

The menu has something for everyone and all is home cooked.

My partner Kerri and I went to the pub on a Friday night, and knowing how busy it is, I booked a table for 7.30pm.

The owner, Glen Hutchinson, asked if we could arrive 30 minutes earlier as a big party was expected and he didn’t want us to potentially have to wait a while for our food.

This wasn’t a problem and I thought it was a nice touch from the owner to warn us in advance.

We walked in on a cold, wet night but straight away we were hit by a warm atmosphere.

Despite being minutes from the town centre, the pub has a real village feeling about it which I particularly enjoy.

We were seated immediately and after a short look at the menu, we had our drinks and food orders taken.

To start, I ordered the black and white pudding which came in a peppercorn sauce while Kerri ordered the chicken liver pate.

For the main course, I had a gammon steak that came with chunky chips and Kerri ordered a curry with half a portion of rice and half a portion of chips.

For drinks, it was a pint of Symonds cider for me while Kerri had a glass of red wine.

I’m quite fond of black pudding so this starter was right up my street.

It was excellent. Both the black and white puddings were cooked perfectly and the peppercorn sauce had a slight kick to it which I enjoyed.

Kerri really enjoyed her pate too, which came with several slices of toast and a side salad.

The pate was packed with flavour and had a really smooth texture which made it easy to spread on the crispy toast.

On to the main courses, and I’ve been to pubs where the gammon is pretty average – either too salty or they simply want their money’s worth so it’s like a slice of bacon.

But this gammon was excellent. It was well cooked not too salty and it really was a 10oz – I even think it may have been bigger.

The chips were crispy and were the perfect accompaniment to the gammon.

I was baffled when Kerri ordered a curry, as it’s something she’s never done before.

But earlier while we were mulling over the menu, she got a strong smell of the spices and she just had to get it – and she certainly wasn’t left disappointed.

The portion size was excellent, with a good serving of both chips and rice.

It came out piping hot and it was quite thick.

She ordered the chicken curry, but there were other choices available.

The chicken chunks were of a generous size and there were plenty of them to enjoy.

She also thought the chunky homemade chips were excellent.

We both had another cider and wine to help wash done all the delicious food.

Our trip to the Spinners was something we really enjoyed, as the food was excellent and so was the service.

The bill came to £42.35.

Factfile -

Name: The Spinners at Cowling

Address: 77-79 Cowling Road, Chorley, PR6 9EA

Contact: 01257 241622

Opening hours: Noon until late

Other details: Food served Monday to Sunday from noon onwards

Wheelchair access: Yes