I stayed in the Red Pump Inn a few months ago, and was blown away by the setting; service, and steaks! This country inn can be found in the tiny Lancashire village of Bashall Eaves, and is described on the website as a luxury B&B and steak restaurant, but it's so much more than that.
There are eight beautiful boutique rooms at the inn with antique beds; incredibly comfortable mattresses, and wonderfully powerful wet room showers. They all have tea and coffee making facilities as well - something that seems to be a rarity in B&B's these days.
We soaked up the atmosphere in the bar, which is also popular with locals, before having a fabulous meal in the restaurant. They serve simple and uncomplicated, but very tasty food. The Red Pump specialise in steak, and is one of just three eateries outside London to serve beef supplied by the revered Ginger Pig of London - beef that has a wonderful flavour, and is served at some of the best restaurants in London and Paris. There are other options on the menu, but if you're a meat eater, I would highly recommend the steak!
I ended up staying at The Red Pump Inn as it was close to the venue where friends were getting married. While I thought it looked beautiful on the website, it exceeded my expectations. This was not only down the fact I had one of the best sleeps of the year here (the mattresses are truly wonderful!) but also down to the staff, especially the owners Fran and Jonathan, who couldn't do enough for us during our stay. This is the perfect place for a night away in the countryside - but to be honest, you don't need an excuse to stay at such a welcoming place.