The Dog and Partridge - Tosside
Well, my definition of the Ribble Valley is shown to be somewhat elastic from my very first post. We kick off at the Dog and Partridge in Tosside, which, strictly speaking, is in Yorkshire.
As you can see from the photo, it's open, but being worked on. In fact, the whole pub has recently been renovated. I'm in two minds about renovation, but from what I understand, the D&P has been brought back from the grave, which can only be a good thing. It's divided into an eating area and a bar/pool area which was the busier when we visited.
The interior screams 'New' with a capital N, and needs some time to get a more lived in feel. If it was a garden centre statue, I'd smear it in yoghurt, and leave it outside for a couple of weeks to get it looking authentically aged.
On the plus side, the staff are very friendly, they seem to embrace the regulars (how many pubs renovate, then try to shoo off the old faithful?). There's a good range of beers including Kronenburg white beer on tap, and the food seems to be pretty good. We both had a burger, which went down well, but there are other, more upmarket meals available. Both times we've walked around Stocks reservoir, we've ended up here, so that's some recommendation. Very likeable, but needs some roughing up at the edges.