Restaurant review - The Pines, Clayton-le-Woods

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Rebecca Cohen was treated like a lady upon her visit to The Howarth Suite at the Pines Hotel.

Finding a restaurant that ticks all the boxes is no easy task.

Often it’s a case of “I don’t fancy that menu”, “Oh, but last time the food took so long to arrive”, or, the classic line, “I could do it better myself”.

But there is one Chorley restaurant that leaves no chance for query, its standards and ambience easily being one of the highest in the area, if not the North West.

The Howarth Restaurant, in the Pines Hotel, on Preston Road in Clayton-le-Woods, is a Rosette winning dining experience that has to be given a go.

Not only does it cater for ‘that’ special occasion with a divine a la carte menu, but the restaurant also offers high-quality meal deals, at all times of the day.

Upon my entry into the award-winning restaurant, my guest and I were instantly whisked into a refreshing environment of traditional values and all-round excellence.

The manager of the day treated us like ladies, removing our coats, and seating us in the conservatory area with polite and comedic conversation.

We were given time to make our selection, without having to wait forever to be served, and were transferred into the beautifully decorated restaurant, where our drinks were waiting for us on our table.

The music, at first hearing, did seem an odd choice, the likes of Coldplay and Lady Gaga not quite fitting to the luxurious nature of the suite.

Nonetheless, although conventional dining music, or a pianist in the corner, would have been more enjoyable, the contemporary playlist never at any point became intrusive.

My guest and I opted for the £19 per person meal, giving us a taste of starter, main, dessert and coffee, for almost the same price as just one main meal on the a la carte.

Standards throughout could not be faulted, tastes and presentation being equally worthy of praise.

The chicken livers were delicious, melting in the mouth and providing just the right texture, while the main of beef and mushroom stroganoff was cooked to absolute perfection, the rice having just the right amount of herbs and the beef having been stripped to just the right size.

And despite having quite the ‘food baby’ by this point, there was just about room for us to delve into a mouth-wateringly tasty syrup sponge pudding, a far cry from the likes you would be served in a school canteen.

With a spot of coffee we were done, more than sufficiently filled with delicious food and content with the fact we needn’t eat for, what felt like, the rest of the year.

All was topped off by very smart staff, all of whom have been fully trained in silver service, and whose efficiency never faltered.

For those looking for a less filling meal, there is also the option of a beautifully presented afternoon tea, priced at £12.50 per person.

Throughout the week, a two-course lunch or an early bird dinner costs £12.50.

For more information on prices and corporate events, visit

It may be a three-star hotel, but the quality of food and service is most definitely worthy of a five-star rating.


NAME: The Pines Hotel

ADDRESS: Preston Road, Clayton-le-Woods, Chorley, PR6 7ED CONTACT: 01772 338551


CUISINE: Traditional British