The Moorcock Inn has acres of beautiful moorland at its front door, and offers great views over the Ryburn Valley from the garden. Inside, it's a cosy pub, with oak beams, wood-burning stoves and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The menu is ever-changing with the seasons and cooked over fire, with select local small-holders providing virtually all of our produce.
While the humble exterior may deceive, inside there is always lots happening! Besides our daily menus and extensive drinks list, weekend wine specials and regular events, there is now a little shop open, featuring our house made pottery and lots of other products.
You are likely aware that we plan to close our doors in January 2023. At that point it will have been a wonderful 5 years spent up on this hillside with so many of you! Until then we plan to keep working hard and continuing to progress... The end is nearing but we won't be slowing down!
We offer an ever evolving seasonal menu, highlighting traditional homesteading techniques, cooking over fire and the sourcing of high-quality local, seasonal and wild ingredients.
We use meat from a select few local small-holdings that mostly work with the Rare Breed Survival Trust. We purchase whole animals, some of which are reared specifically for us. We prefer mature animals (for example mutton over lamb) and dry-age and butcher the meat in-house. The fish and seafood we serve comes only from native waters, fished only from day boats, and caught using sustainable methods.
Our vegetables are organic, sometimes home-grown and sometimes foraged. We serve wild mushrooms when we can, and cook whatever benefits from it, over wood and house made charcoal.
Our plates are often not constructed as individual starters or main courses, therefore we encourage sharing a range of dishes. Although, of course this varies, a broad marker of how much to order is 4-5 plates per couple/ 8 plates for 4 guests. Please speak to us about this, we're always very happy to advise!
Drinks are no afterthought here. We offer a keg selection of ever-changing quality craft beers, and four cask beers- of which two regularly rotate. Plus, a large selection of Belgian beers- particularly of the most food-friendly styles, and a few iconic names.
Our wine list is relatively large, with wines chosen for their purity, freshness, balance and occasional quirkiness. It's a selection that is always growing and changing and we're always happy to help you to navigate it, either to find something familiar or try something new. It features some classic regions and grape varieties, and some lesser known also represented. They all have in common; being hand made by small producers, farmed organically or biodynamically, receive minimal intervention in the vineyard and have few or no added preservatives.
We serve at least twelve wines by the glass- a few we daren't remove(!), but there is always plenty of opportunity to try something new.
A mention also, for alcohol-free drinks. We go way beyond offering sugary soft-drinks for non-drinkers, those taking a break, or designated drivers. Our alcohol-free craft beer selection is comprehensive, from lagers, to hazy IPAs, to saison and stouts. Plus, we offer a range of alcohol-free aperitif, 'spirits' and digestifs. We offer over 50 alcohol-free options excluding our range of soft drinks and juices.
Bar Opening Hours for Drinks (please see food service times below):
Monday- Wednesday- closed
Food Seating Times:
Thurs: 5pm- 8pm
Saturday: 12-2.30pm, 5.30pm-8.30pm
We recommend making reservations to dine, but we do welcome walk-ins for drinks and food.
Make a Reservation
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Please note that our menu format has changed and we no longer serve a set menu. When using this reservation facility you are now making a reservation for our a-la-carte menu (previously known as the bar menu).
A deposit of £10pp is required at the time of making a reservation. Deposits are non-refundable, but can be transferred to future dates up until 48 hours before your reservation is due.
If you do need to amend a reservation, please note that a new date is required, as we unfortunately do not have the facility to hold deposits that are not attached to a reservation.
If you will be paying with a voucher, the deposit function is simply to secure your space. If the amount spent not greater than the value of the voucher, we will refund the amount of the deposit to you.
Thank you so much for your understanding and we hope to see you soon!
Our little shop is open whenever the pub is. You are welcome to visit after your meal, or just drop in for a browse.
One of the two small rooms features our own pottery, made on-site by head-chef and co-owner, Alisdair, under our company Natural Ceramics.
Each piece is handmade stoneware, glazed with waste materials from the restaurant and local, natural ingredients. For example, glazes may be made from wood ash from our ovens and grills or iron from kitchen scourers, in addition to sandstone from the moor and in some cases hand-dug ‘wild’ clay is incorporated.
In the second room is a selection of wines, beers, spirits and alcohol free options, plus various items suitable for the budding forager. There is also a book selection featuring some of our favourite topics- wine, cocktails, food preservation, mushroom identification & foraging.
Most recently we have added a selection of incredible candles from Clitheroe based Melt Co, along with handmade soaps ad other products from Huddersfield-based Picobello and a range of sustainable wood kitchenware.
Pieces from incredible locally-based (but internationally represented) artist Claire Murray are available to view and buy throughout the shop & pub. Additionally, amazing local photographer Lee from Catchlife Photography is permanently exhibiting on the walls of our bar, which are also available to purchase.