Sunday, 21 June 2015



Well, after a jolly jaunt abroad, it's always good to return to dear Old Blighty. You certainly miss a traditional pub and the fine ales that are associated with it .

So, I felt it most appropriate, on a warm sunny day, to hunt down, a quintessential, local hostelry, located in an area of stunning natural beauty.

The Lower Buck, Waddington, is in the heart of the Ribble Valley, and situated in a picturesque village, close to the Lancashire market town of Clitheroe.

It is a perfect setting to enjoy a beverage, a chat with the locals and generally unwind. The pub is owned by Andrew Warburton. A successful local businessman, who also jointly owns, Bowland Brewery in nearby Clitheroe.

First impression of the pub, gave me a reminder of local government reorganisation back in 1974. Waddington was in Yorkshire in those days - and the red and white roses, illustrated on the attractive half glazed doors, highlighted that most contentious Act of Parliament, forty-one years ago.

It's one of the finest examples of a traditional, village pub, no argument. Split into four rooms. It boasts both flagged and wooden floors, sash windows, dark oak furnishings, scrubbed topped tables, and open fires in each room. A chapel green and cream decor, gives the pub a warm and relaxing feel.

However, the daily newspapers that were available, gave me reason to believe that the majority of its patrons, will have voted for the present member of parliament, representing the Ribble Valley, Nigel Evans.

Not surprisingly there was a couple of the Bowland Brewery ales on the bar. One of which was my favourite Bowland tipple, Hen Harrier. The caramel and biscuity malt, compliments the lemony, floral and subtle spiced flavours perfectly - a Bowland belter.

Five ales available for the discerning ale quaffer. Two rotating guest ales. And three permanently on - those being Hen Harrier, Moorhouse's Premier ( both at £3.10) and Timmy Taylor's Landlord. The latter, overpriced at £3.70, in my opinion. Madonna, who famously raised a glass of Landlord, has a lot to answer for!

The ales were in superb condition. Including my second slurp, Bowland, Buster IPA. A full flavoured, robust ale. Tropical fruits detected, along with a moderate bitter hopped backbone. Plenty of Clitheroe clout in this 4.5% quaff!

They were being served by staff member, Aimee Palmer. Aimee had worked here for eighteen months. A most affable young lady. Who was most polite and interacted well with her customers. Oh, and good to see Aimee liked real ale too - when off duty of course.

The Lancashire county is lucky to have such a plethora of these fine social establishments. The Lower Buck represents what is part of our social fabric, the great British traditional pub. Hostelries 

such as this, provide such an immense amount of social value to this part of the Ribble Valley and beyond - long may it continue.