Restaurant review - Withy Arms, Leyland

The mayor of South Ribble, Coun Dorothy Gardner, pours her first pint at the opening of the new Withy Arms pub in Leyland. She is with her consort, Coun Melvyn Gardner, manager of the pub, James Harding, and councillor for the Leyland St Mary's ward, Coun Phil Hamman
The mayor of South Ribble, Coun Dorothy Gardner, pours her first pint at the opening of the new Withy Arms pub in Leyland. She is with her consort, Coun Melvyn Gardner, manager of the pub, James Harding, and councillor for the Leyland St Mary's ward, Coun Phil Hamman
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The new Withy Arms pub in Leyland has only been open since just before Christmas, and already I’ve heard loads of great things about it.

A tough stance on ‘no swearing’ and ‘no sportswear’, combined with an emphasis on family dining at the newly refurbished pub seems to be paying off.

Our party of five visited on a Sunday afternoon for an early tea, and it’s lucky we booked a table, because the rest were near enough full!

We’d actually only booked for four people, but the staff were more than happy to add on a small table to make sure there was enough room for everyone, so we were off to a good start.

I was impressed with the décor too, and the bar area was bright and showed off all of the drinks on offer, from lagers and guest ales, to spirits, wines and soft drinks.

I hadn’t visited the place much when it was the Roebuck, but I’d say the transformation is a much-welcomed improvement.

And so on to the food...

We went for two sharing platters for the table (£7.25 each), which included sticky ribs which fell off the bone, deliciously crispy chicken wings, breaded juicy scampi, breaded garlic mushrooms, Withy Ale beer battered onion rings, and garlic bread with salad and a selection of dips – barbecue, tomato and sweet chili.

It was all very good, and perfect for someone who was particularly hungry (me!)

The only thing I wasn’t really wowed by was the onion rings, as they weren’t as crispy as I’d normally like, but there was hardly any room for complaints.

For the main courses, there was plenty on offer, from pub classics like burgers, steaks and pies, to specials such as mushroom risotto and Hunter’s chicken.

I went for the lamb shank from the specials’ board, which turned out to be well worth the £9.50 it cost.

It was a succulent piece of lamb with plenty of meat falling off the bone, served on top of tasty mustard mashed potato with gravy.

It also came with a tray of vegetables, which included carrots, peas and cabbage, which were also very nice and fresh.

It was one of the best meals I’ve had in a while actually, especially at a pub.

Other mains for our table were fish and chips at £6.95 (a massive piece of fish, which I tried a bit of, and can agree it was excellent), two portions of scampi and chips (£7.45 each), and a chicken burger with chips (£7.95) plus a side order of onion rings (which turned out to be a better batch than we got with the starter; much more crispy).

Everyone had high praise for the food. They said the chips were a bit dry, but other than that, the food was excellent, and we got plenty of sauces for the table anyway.

It’s fair to say we were all stuffed afterwards, and very satisfied.

One of our party finished the meal off with a latte which she enjoyed, but the rest of us could only look at the dessert menu and wish we had room to try some.

Sticky toffee pudding, jam roly poly, and cheese and biscuits were some of the options available.

Another point I’d like to make is how attentive and friendly the staff were.

The bill came to around £60 with drinks, which I thought was very reasonable for a party of five.

There are also ‘light bites’ such as sandwiches, and a Sunday Lunch menu, so I’d highly recommend a visit.

Factfile -

Name: Withy Arms

Address: Worden Lane, Leyland - near the Leyland Cross where Fox Lane meets Church Road and Worden Lane

Contact: 01772 301969 or leyland@withyarms.com

Opening hours: Food served midday to 8pm every day