Restaurant Review - The Ley Inn, Clayton-le-Woods

Something for everybody: The Ley Inn
Something for everybody: The Ley Inn

Chris Maguire needed to think quickly if he was to his drop his decorating chores and get to the football

I’ve got this theory that there’s a food for every occasion.

If I ever win the lottery - and can overcame my hatred of anything fishy - I’ll celebrate with oysters and caviar.

If I need cheering up it has to be a rack of ribs, if I’m feeling continental it’s pizza and if I’m absolutely starving it’s a burger.

On Saturday I needed to find some food that would block out the memory of decorating and warm me up ahead of Chorley FC’s big game with Chester

City. Thankfully the Ley Inn, in Clayton-le-Woods, didn’t disappoint.

The Ley Inn is a bit of a curate’s egg of a pub.

On the one hand it has the rustic charm of an old traditional farmhouse pub with lots of little nooks and crannies.

And on the other hand it has giant flatscreen TV that shows all the major sporting events live.

It also has two pool tables, a darts board and a children’s play area to the front.

It’s a combination that works strangely well and highlights the fact that pubs have to diversify in this day and age if they are to survive.

As a consequence the pub had a mix of families, sports fans and the hardy regulars at the bar.

Much as though I would have loved to have watched the Chelsea Vs Everton game on the telly I turned away to spend some quality time with the family.

However we were there to eat and The Ley Inn didn’t disappoint.

It’s interesting in these days of 2-for-1 deals how an old-fashioned pub like The Ley Inn can provide good tucker at a reasonable price.

There was a wide range of starters, main courses, baguttes, jacket potatoes etc but I knew exactly what I wanted to prepare me for the imminent Chorley vs Chester game.

The homebaked steak and mushroom pie had my name written all over it for £5.95.

Mrs M - never one to hold back when I’m paying - had a giant Yorkshire pudding for the same price.

It consisted of Cumberland sausage, mashed potatoe and onion gravy in a Yorkshire pud.

There aren’t a lot of good things to come out of Yorkshire (EDITOR’S NOTE: Only joking!) but the pud was.

My two children - who’d been doing their best impression of Oliver Twist during the day - were unable to ask for anymore after they ploughed the way through meals of sausages and curly fries for £2.75.

We had a couple of soft drinks but gave the very tempting desserts a miss and collected our bill - £21.

Wow! That’s what I call a bargain.

The Ley Inn has something for everyone.

There are a number of hand pumps serving real ale for the drinkers and there’s a function room available next door for weddings, evening receptions, family celebrations etc.

In the summer The Ley Inn is a lovely bolthole for walkers enjoyed the nearby Cuerden Valley Park.

It has rural feel to it despite being relatively close to the busy A6 Preston Road.

After the meal I felt fortified for the standing in the cold at Victory Park - although the events that followed meant the memories of a most enjoyable meal were sadly forgotten.

Then followed hours of wallpapering - but at least I wasn’t hungry.

Factfile -

Name: The Ley Inn

Address: Back Lane. Clayton-le-Woods, Chorley, PR6 7EU.

Tel: 01772 330215

Opening times: Monday Midday-2pm; Tuesday-Friday Midday-1pm 5pm-9pm; Saturday Midday-9pm; Sunday Midday-7pm.

Extra information: Toasties and sandwiches are available for between £2.75 and £3.50.