Restaurant review - The Boar’s Head, Hoghton

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Chris Maguire had cricket on his mind when he reviewed his latest restaurant

My dad reckons you can tell how good a restaurant is by how full the car park is.

It’s decent rule of thumb but I have my own test, which is the venue’s proximity to a cricket ground.

With this in mind the Boar’s Head is a winner because it’s almost opposite the home of Hoghton Cricket Club.

I got runs against Hoghton last season so I was more than happy to get a window seat inside the Boar’s Head, which is a short distance from Hoghton Tower.

From the outside it reminds me a bit of the Woolpack in Emmerdale but the food on offer is certainly more adventurous.

The pub’s website states: “Our menu changes with the seasons and is modern British, comfortably interwoven with some Mediterranean influences.

“It ranges from traditional favourites such as fish and chips and steaks to freshly made pastas dishes with the chef’s daily specials showcasing the finest market fresh ingredients.

“There’s something for everyone and for all occasions too.”

You only have to flick through the vast menu to see that variety is definitely the spice of life.

The starters range from soup of the day to the more exotic Thai fish cakes with sweet chilli sauce.

There were also a choice of salads, sandwiches, pastas and fish dishes but we opted for the roast as it was a Sunday after all.

There was a choice of beef and pork for £8.95 with homemade Yorkshire puddings and a selection of fresh vegetables.

The service was prompt but you got the strong impression that the food was prepared freshly rather than being ‘bunged’ into a microwave.

The Boar’s Head has a nice atmosphere in it and it’s a popular destination for special occasions, as demonstrated by the christening party that was taking place when we arrived.

The food was excellent. If I had one small complaint it would be that I would have liked a bit more beef and another Yorkshire pudding but that was partly because the food was excellent and partly because I’m a growing boy.

My wife had a roast too and she also gave it the thumbs up.

Another pleasing aspect was the extensive children’s menu.

It’s not the cheapest but you don’t mind paying a bit extra if the menu extends beyond nuggets and chips.

My two had sausage and mash for £4.50 and cheese and tomato pizza for £4.25.

We resisted the temptation to have a pudding, although they did look enticing.

The sweet toothed among you can enjoy dishes including sticky toffee pudding and warm toffee sauce for £4.95 and chocolate brownie with Baileys ice cream for £4.50.

All in all the Boar’s Head gets a very good 8/10 from me - although I knew I would enjoy it just by looking at the cricket pitch opposite.

Factfile -

Name: Boar’s Head

Address: Blackburn Old Road, Hoghton, PR5 0RX

Tel: 01254 852 272

Rating: 8/10