Two village pubs in Lancashire have been named among the top 100 outdoor restaurants in the UK for 2024, in a new list by OpenTable.

Introducing the list, OpenTable said: “As the weather warms up, it’s time to dine outdoors. To help find the perfect alfresco spot, OpenTable has scanned diner metrics and over 2.2 million reviews to narrow down the restaurants where Brits love dining outdoors.

“The result is our annual Top 100 Restaurants for Outdoor Dining, offering delicious food at alfresco hotspots nationwide. Want to dine out with your furry friend too? The list also highlights outdoor spots that are dog-friendly.”

The two Lancashire restaurants that feature in the list are The Black Bull in Old Langho in the Ribble Valley and The Royal in Bolton-le-Sands, Lancaster.

Both pubs are dog-friendly so you can enjoy a treat with your furry friend by your side.

What does OpenTable say about the Lancashire restaurants?

Introducing The Black Bull, the OpenTable website says: “Welcome to the Black Bull.

“Tucked away in rural Lancashire, between cloud topped hills, green fields, rolling pastures, and lots of cows... sits The Black Bull Inn.

“Nestled in the picturesque village of Old Langho, our stone building has been here since the 1500s. Steeped in history it has it's own warm welcome to travellers from far and wide.

“Our menu is fresh, local and has a nice balance of those "pub classics" but brought up to date in modern and inventive ways.

“Dog friendly in the bar area or garden, and plenty of cosy seating available in front of our roaring fires, in The Library, or in our gorgeous, beamed, renovated Fire Barn.”

You can see the full list of the Top 100 Restaurants for Outdoor Dining via the OpenTable website.

The Black Bull has been well received on Tripadvisor with visitors giving it an overall rating of 4.5/5 from 567 reviews, at the time of writing.

One visitor said: “Perfect. Start to finish. Food and staff, couldn't have asked for more. Thank you so much. Will be back next time we are in the area for sure”.

Another said: “As always we had a fantastic night here. Great food & service. Lovely atmosphere. Great varied menu. Highly recommend.”

The Royal Hotel has outdoor dining and welcomes dogsThe Royal Hotel has outdoor dining and welcomes dogs (Image: Tripadvisor)

The OpenTable website explains what you can expect at The Royal: “At The Royal Hotel in Bolton le Sands, we pride ourselves on catering for all your needs in a warm and friendly environment.

“We'll make sure that our pub is somewhere you're always relaxed, whether by yourself, with friends or with family. Come and visit us, drop in, feel at home. We look forward to seeing you soon.”

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The Royal Hotel has a 3.5/5 rating on Tripadvisor from 403 reviews, at the time of writing.

One visitor said: “Service great, food was delicious, we had both pies and the lamb, also the strawberry sundaes and the cheesecake, it was all great. Been many times and the service and food is always consistent. Would highly recommend. It was all cooked fresh, a little wait but worth it. Will definitely be back,”.

Another commented: “The Royal is a lovely old pub which has been done up In recent years. Large carpark opposite. Staff are lovely and the food is really good. We had fish and chips with homemade tartar sauce and a Royal burger.....really tasty.

“We went back again as it was so nice and had the most delicious chicken pie and mash and a curry. For pudding we shared a choux bun with cherry compote and popping candy......absolutely gorgeous. Wish I'd gone for one all to myself. Deffo recommend”.