If you’re out and about in the Lancashire moorlands, head southeast from Blackburn to the village of Belthorn – the highest altitude hamlet in the region – and you’ll be surprised what culinary intrigue can be found among the weavers’ cottages. Up on Elton Road on the corner with Kendal Row sits The Pack Restaurant & Bar, one of this community’s small number of eateries but one that stands out for its predominantly Italian offering and sensitively revamped premises. A family-run affair, The Pack offers an approachable and affordable selection of dishes made with premium and locally-sourced ingredients alongside a carefully curated wine list showcasing various wines from around the world.
The Pack Restaurant & Bar is frequently buzzing with Belthorn locals and foodies down from Blackburn for a slap-up Italian dinner in cosy surrounds. Proprietors Karl and Jo-Ann, alongside experienced head chef Mark, gave the former Pack Horse restaurant a makeover in 2011 and, since then, this local landmark restaurant up on Elton Road has flourished, nurturing relationships with a tight and trusted network of suppliers to keep the kitchen stocked with the best ingredients.
Just a short jaunt south east of Blackburn, you can expect this rural Lancashire hotspot to offer you the best of Italian cuisine, with a little pan-Mediterranean flair thrown in for good measure (and a couple of familiar British bits and pieces, too). Kick things off with garlic bread topped with fresh chillies and tomato, patata alioli & rosemary of potatoes cooked in garlic and rosemary and king prawns cooked in garlic, chilli and white wine. For the main event, the best measure of the talent in The Pack’s kitchen are the authentic Italian options like the pasta and risotto dishes and stonebaked pizzas. Carnivores can get their steak fix with rib-eye steak or veal scallops, while seafood fans are more than well-catered for as well. Whichever direction you choose to head, make The Pack Restaurant & Bar in Belthorn your destination. Be sure to book ahead.
Great food. Excellent service. The restaurant was full of people of all ages, which created a really good vibe. House wine was delicious too. All in all, a great night out.
What a fantastic meal. First visit for us since the new menu was introduced. Food was great as was value for money. I had a lovely gin which was recommended by staff too
Superb food and service. Staff very friendly and knowledgeable about menu. Food was beautifully presented and tasted delicious. Would definitely recommend fo couples and family meals
The food and the service was fabulous. This was a company lunch and we will definitely be returning in the future. Everyone enjoyed all the courses.
The food was fantastic - very fresh and very tasty. The restaurant itself had a really nice cosy feel to it and the atmosphere was very relaxed. The staff were really friendly and we would definitely go back to The Pack again! The only thing I would say is a negative, is that we were asked if we wanted to see the coffee and dessert menu - to which we said yes. But we didn't receive the menus for another 15 minutes. The waitress apologised and to be fair the restaurant was very busy. But then when we'd finished our desserts, again our plates were left there for about 20 minutes. We ended up paying the bill at the bar. I'm still giving top marks though because the food was so good.
This was the first time I had visited "The Pack" We selected the early Bird menu, I'm glad we did. Starter :- The spring rolls where well presented, cooked to perfection and full of taste. Main Course :- Sirloin (+£4) onto of the early bird price, however it was worth even penny. The blue cheese sauce was a must for me and when combined with the side dish of grilled peppers and boiled mini spuds made for a filling and enjoyable main course. Desert :- Profiteroles, "Heaven" Service :- I would say it was very good. The restaurant was only half full, We didn't have to wait long for any of our three courses and the empty plates were removed promptly, the waitress was professional and friendly.
On entering I found the hallway a little characterless, however the restaurant itself lovely, warm and welcoming. I found the staff abit like headless chickens, busy but not always getting anywhere! The restaurant was quiet, but staff struggling with all tasks. We were shown to our table quite quickly, but there was a unnecessary delay in taking our drinks order! The menu and specials are excellent, varied, and I guess the majority of diners will find something they would like. The website didn't state when the Set Menu, which shows good value, is available, we found we were in the incorrect time window, but found plenty of alternatives. The food was okay, but was cold within seconds of arriving, as all served on cold plates and dishes. I think warm crockery could increase enjoyment immensely. I will rate the pizza highly with a tasty base and sufficient topping. This venue has all the ingredients to become something special with better trained staff, warm plates and a little more personal care/attention to customers. But at reasonable prices worth a visit.
The restaurant has been done up really nicely, unfortunately we were seated next to a very large party who were very loud and our table was situated very closely to them, there were other empty tables so I would have preferred to have been seated elsewhere. I ordered the rump of lamb, medium and expected a nice chunky piece of lamb in a nice sauce. Unfortunately the lamb was sliced, overcooked and looked like a school dinner. I had to add salt as there wasn't much flavour. When I asked for mint sauce to add a bit of flavour the waitress didn't know what I was asking for and it never turned up, everything else was ok but not spectacular. The waiter did not ask how everything was when he took the plates away. There is a good choice of cocktails at a very good price for two and a good selection of beers and gins. I would go back again to give it a second chance and maybe stick to just pasta.
My table was booked for 5.00pm I called in at 3.30pm to see if the staff could amend the time as my wife was called into work ( nurse on call ) but as it was Mother's Day they were fully booked, but the manager went Above and beyond my expectation to accomate my family he reserved a table at the bar area which was fine, we have made reservation at this restaurant for Many years and this is my childrens favourite restaurant the food is always at a high standard and please put the spaggetti back on the menu as my children love it, if I can make a comment we did sit at the table with our coats on, we asked a member of staff to put the heating on but that made no difference, please put the log on the fire or at least put the heating on as this would have made our experience much better. Regards Kam
First impression on entering the Pac restaurant was the delicious smell of food being cooked.We were greeted by the barman who was very friendly and helpful with supplying us with drinks.We both had three courses of food and all of them tasted delicious and the helpings were plentiful.All the staff that attended to us were very friendly and helpful.This is the first time we have visited the Pac since it has been renovated and i personally think they have done an excellent job in modernizing the whole interior whilst still keeping the "cozy feel"of the restaurant.