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5.4 /6 Excellent 248 Reviews

The Pack Restaurant & Bar

Belthorn Italian £££££ +100
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About The Pack Restaurant & Bar

Please not that the Pack has their Tapas Night every third Thursday of the month!

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 specials, mid-week early bird deals, themed nights, and a beautifully presented a la carte menu.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 17:00 - 21:00
  • Tuesday 17:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 20:00
The Pack Restaurant & Bar, 1 Elton Road, BB1 2PL Blackburn

Further Information

Open from 5:30 to 9pm Tuesday through to Thursday, and from noon until late over the weekend, The Pack Restaurant & Bar is frequently abuzz with Belthorn locals and foodies down from Blackburn for a slap-up Italian dinner in cosy surrounds. Get in early and choose two or three courses for a great price thanks to this Italian restaurant’s early bird offer, or simply reserve a spot to indulge in Italian classics from the ample a la carte menu. 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 their kitchen stocked with the best ingredients.

Watch out for The Pack Restaurant & Bar’s monthly tapas nights, and be sure to enquire about the ridiculously low prices if you’re bringing the kids down to Belthorn for an introduction to Italian gastronomy. Regardless, you can expect this rural Lancashire hotspot just a short jaunt southeast of Blackburn 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). The Pack sharer is a good place to start, laden with continental meats, seafood, olives, fresh bread and rocket and parmesan salad as a taste of things to come. You’ll also find typical Spanish tapas dishes like patatas bravas on the nibbles list, but perhaps the best measure of the talent in the kitchen are the authentic Italian options like the pasta and risotto dishes and stonebaked pizzas. Carnivores can get their steak fix with 21-day aged cuts sourced from local suppliers, while you can head a little further east to Greece for lamb kleftiko and further still for a classic European beef stroganoff. Whichever direction you choose to head, make The Pack your destination but be sure to book ahead.


248 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 248 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: great value
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: excellent
Noise: quiet
Service: extraordinary
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Samantha G.
1 review so far 6
23.05.2017 03:49

Fabulous food and staff and to top it off a Gin menu to top any gin bar The staff were so helpful and willing to make any pizza 🍕

Peter W.
1 review so far 6
22.05.2017 02:02

Brilliant evening Good food, well served. No waiting It is many years since I was at the 'Pack Horse' - would certainly visit again - soon I hope

Malcolm J.
1 review so far 6
21.05.2017 05:35

Great atmosphere in bar area. Service very great,starters excellent,mains 1 excellent,1 not quite to my liking. Desert excellent. Staff good nothing to much bother.would definitely recommend this place.

Fiona C.
1 review so far 6
19.05.2017 05:41

Fantastic overall experience, great refurbishment, great food, brilliant service couldn't have asked for more, well done everyone at the the Pack, we will be back

Paul S.
1 review so far 6
09.03.2016 16:40

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.

Susan W.
1 review so far 4
22.03.2017 20:27

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.

Julie W.
1 review so far 4
28.02.2017 02:31

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.

Kam V.
1 review so far 4
11.03.2016 08:00

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

Marc S.
1 review so far 4
05.12.2016 16:30

Our first impressions at kerbside was good. Well decorated and lit and through the window we could see the restaurant was busy. There were plenty of staff working, so service was generally good. Oddly the more senior the staff member appeared, the more surly / less engaging they were. The restaurant is nice but missing something of the Italian feel. It's modern but plain so maybe a little stark? That said they have just had a refurb and with Xmas parties due I don't blame them for not yet having more pictures / decoration. Food was all presented well and tasty. And regular drinks orders were taken. Our party enjoyed pasta and steak dishes. We ate well but very little alcohol, coming in at about £30ph We will go back when using as a half way to meet friends.

Lisa H.
2 reviews so far 6
21.03.2016 03:19

What we had was superb and what we saw others having, looked good. Flavours were spot on. My minestrone was jam packed with at least 9 different veg. We will definitely go back and recommend it. However, there was one negative, even though we had booked, we had to wait about 20 mins before our table was ready, and as we had already booked a table that was 30 mins later than we really wanted, because of time slots available, it ended up very late for me to eat.

angela d.
1 review so far 3
11.03.2017 05:24

Good start, nicely done up since we last went! prompt service at the bar and we were offered a choice of gins for a g and t. When the starters came two of us had pate and were looking forward to the garlic ciabatta that came with it. When it came it was served with hard stale bread, no garlic no ciabatta! Nobody came to ask if our starters were ok, but I did tell the waitress when she cleared and she said sorry and she would tell the chef. My daughter in law had a chicken dish which came with a garlic buttER sauce only it didnt! It came with a salty beef flavoured gravy that was nearly cold, we told the guy in charge (Roger) who said it was a demi glace with butter in , still not what it said on the menu. Beef flavoured gravy has no place in this dish which was served with saffron rice. In fairness they did not charge for this meal, but would we return? NO !

Fran C.
1 review so far 4
15.01.2017 07:34

We are parents of a toddler and this was one of our rare nights out. It was lovely, the food was great and it looks amazing. The work they've done in refurbishing it is fantastic. It just seemed a little disorganised. We had a reservation but we weren't seated until well after that point and it was 45 mins after our reservation time that our order was taken. There were two big parties which may have throw service a little but there was also something lacking. The team seemed distracted, the service was ok but not outstanding and there were times when we seemed to have been forgotten. That said, they resolved a problem swiftly and with minimal fuss. We will be back, although perhaps not on a Saturday night.

Kerry B.
1 review so far 4
27.02.2017 00:50

We were seated in the bar which was a bit squashed, and noisy. Drinks took ages to arrive, I had to ask 3 times for a glass of wine, I ended up going to the bar to get it in the end. Artisan bread starter was not great, only one bread which was probably just a normal uncut loaf, I've had this starter somewhere else and it's normally a selection of breads and oils. Calzone pizza was ok but I asked to change the ham for chorizo and got charged for it. Overall the food was OK, service wasn't great - but it was a busy Saturday night so perhaps I'm being a bit harsh. 2 people, 2 courses and a couple of drinks each came to about £70.

Julie M.
1 review so far 6
07.05.2017 16:55

First visit since refurbishment. Had read some reviews about long waits and staff not knowing what they were doing but we had no such problems. Staff very pleasant, order taken within reasonable time and food brought within acceptable time when cooking from scratch. Had two courses, stater and main, with standard of the food being excellent and good sized portions, in fact not able to finish main course which was our problem not the restaurants! Would definitely recommend and return in the future.

Sue D.
1 review so far 6
09.12.2016 05:02

Friendly staff, lovely smart new surroundings, food was excellent. Tried the King Prawn starter and the garlic mushrooms with a cheesy garlic bread followed by the Rib Eye steak with trimmings and King Prawn Portofino. Tried a nice Italian Lager and the Zinfandel wine. We were too full for dessert so we ll be back very soon to try something else and leaving room for a dessert. Definetly worth a try ,may be better to book, place was full on a Thursday night

Mathew I.
1 review so far 5
12.03.2016 08:47

When we arrived it was reasonably empty. Unfortunately the radiators were not on but some small portable heaters were around. In my opinion they were not producing enough heat and it was too cold for sitting in. About an hour in more people arrived and the room started to warm up finally. Had the room been at a good temperature I would have given 6/6 as the food was excellent and the service (despite a little slow at busy periods) was very good.

Laura D.
1 review so far 6
16.06.2016 15:39

The food was lovely :) best cheesy garlic bread i've ever had! I had chicken and Chorizo penne which was delicious and then chocolate bomb for pudding which was so yummy. The waitress was lovely and the rest of the staff were very friendly :) There is plenty of choices on the normal menu plus a specials menu and a set menu. I will definitely be visiting again :)

Alan B.
1 review so far 6
24.04.2017 09:43

The Pack is a truly 1st Class Restaurant.My wife and i celebrated my 64th birthday and could not have picked anywhere better.All the dishes we had were of a great quality,from a menu of great variety.We would not hesitate to recommend this dining experience to anyone.Superb service from all members of staff made our visit very very enjoyable.We can not wait to return in the very near future.*****

Ann H.
1 review so far 5
12.04.2016 02:00

Enjoyable meal ,The garlic bread with chilli and tomatoes was excellent as was the pasta dishes we had.Our dining experience was spoiled by the temperature of the restaurant as it was cold ,diners was eating with their coats on,however the restaurant does not open until 5.30pm and we had booked for 6.30 pm so maybe it was that the restaurant hadn't had time to warm up.So it might be a good idea in the winter months to dine a little later.

Natalie W.
1 review so far 3
12.03.2017 07:08

Service was OK but not what we expected from the reviews, had to wait for our table which wasn't a problem but 2 other couples were seated before us even though we arrived 1st and had booked our table. Starters were lovely couldn't fault them but mains - husband ordered a medium steak from the specials that came out rare and was very fatty, I had to wait for my veg and chips and the chips weren't cooked when they eventually came out. Our waiter seemed to finish his shift while we were eating, which is fine everyone has to finish some time, but meant we had to go to the bar for our bill after waiting 10 minutes for anyone to come anywhere near us so we could ask.

Stuart R.
1 review so far 6
08.02.2017 11:55

The service is very good, attentive without being overbearing. I do not like the phrase "to die for" but I have to say I thought that the food was sublime. The Pack is one of the few restaurants that actively offer a "doggie bag" without having to ask, which I think is a good thing. All in all a very enjoyable experience.

Charlotte M.
1 review so far 6
27.02.2017 01:38

Made a reservation last minute with my partner. Made to feel very welcome by all the staff, the food was amazing and plentiful. I can only apologise to the chef for not finishing my main as I was stuffed. Although they did put it in a tray and allow me to take the rest home with me. Will definitely visit again.

catherine K.
1 review so far 5
23.02.2016 15:37

Fantastic. Will def be back. Hopefully very soon! Food was fantastic, staff were great. My only tiny gripes were I was a little cold as I were sat near door and so it was draughty and I never got offered black pepper. I did wait a while but the staff were busy with a couple of larger tables and I didn't want it to get cold. But it truely was great.

Linden S.
1 review so far 3
15.12.2016 16:39

Love this restaurant but was disappointed after last nights visit. After being seated in the far corner it took 20 minutes to be asked if we wanted any drinks, and a further 10 for food. A table came in 15 minutes after us and had received a starter and the main before we had seen any food on our table. Then asked for no tomatoes on any main meal and it came on all, also when finally served main course (steak) 3 of us were sat with no knife to eat it with until we could flag someone down. Will come again as it's a great restaurant but in the hope it was just a one off

Susan L.
1 review so far 4
20.02.2016 18:00

First impressions of the lounge was that it was cold and unwelcoming, although the staff were very nice! The larger dining room at the back looked stark and impersonal, somewhere where you wouldn't want to spend much time. However, the food was hot and very tasty, all four of us enjoyed it, and the presentation was good. All in all it was a nice night and worth another visit. The decor just needs a bit of tweaking and the heating turned up on cold nights.

Russell P.
1 review so far 5
12.11.2016 15:12

Food as good as you'll find, superb. Only downside (which is just a blip based on past experiences) was that service wasn't as perfect as the food. Team were very busy, run off their feet . Other point of note is that it was a Tuesday night and was very busy so can easily understand why service didn't quite hit top marks. Will be going again, very soon.

Charlotte W.
1 review so far 5
14.02.2016 21:15

Lovely food, lovely little dining room, you do very much feel like you're in someone's home though with the way the staff are and present themselves - which isn't always a good thing. My partner had the Lasagne which had too much pasta for his taste, but in all fairness didn't mention that to the server at the time. Highly recommend the cheesy garlic bread and profiteroles!

Gill C.
1 review so far 4
27.03.2017 00:36

This place has certainly improved with the extension to the side, although we were on a table near the bar which wasn't too private - would have preferred to be in the main room. Food was generally good and plenty of it, however, my husband didn't really care for his Penne Arribiatta - he said the onions were hard and the bacon gristly. Would we go again? Yes we would but my husband won't be having Penne again.

Kevin H.
1 review so far 6
06.11.2016 17:04

What an absolute transformation !!! You could be in a restaurant anywhere in the World. The Food was delicious , presented perfectly and very hot. The staff are very attentive and friendly. You could not ask for a nicer dining experience. We would certainly recommend to anyone thinking of dining here.

Donna B.
1 review so far 4
13.02.2017 04:41

Dined at The Pack this evening early table 5:30 pm , first time we have been . Good choice of cocktails at the bar which was a pleasant surprise. Food was excellent , service was extremely slow but to be fair this could be a one off as there was a big party of 20+ people dining. Staff were pleasant but lacking in experience. Would we go back ... yes as the food was excellent.

Lesley M.
1 review so far 6
11.03.2017 18:39

Beautiful place, lovely atmosphere.. Didn't end up staying for food as my Grandson screamed the place down. So we decided to leave the other diners in peace. The boss rang me later to check if we were fine. What a lovely touch!. I am certainly going to go back there!

Lorraine M.
1 review so far 6
21.11.2016 04:32

Tbis was our 1st visit to this restaurant after hearing raving reviews. The venue itself is just stunning, greeted as so as we went in and led to our table. The staff were super attentive and friendly and the food was simply amazing. We will definitely be back.

Michael K.
1 review so far 5
27.06.2016 16:22

Warm welcome on arrival, table ready, but slow in taking our order. Good menu, Our food was well prepared and served quickly. Could have been more meat in the Stroganoff. Waiting staff spend a lot of time waiting for food and ignoring customers, Wine list OK, red served at correct temperature. Overall good value. Will go back.

Sarah L.
1 review so far 6
04.02.2017 20:23

Staff went out of their way to help us when we were having problems with our son who has numerous disabilities. We thought we would have to leave, but thanks to everyone especially the manager we managed to stay and eat out meal even in troubling circumstances.

Kathleen S.
1 review so far 6
02.01.2017 01:15

We have always loved coming to The Pack for its great food and friendly staff. Now it has been fully renovated it's even better. Its bright, cheery and modern surroundings, coupled with the above, make it an ideal venue for a great night out. Kath Stewart

Maureen T.
1 review so far 5
03.04.2017 02:33

Beautiful surroundings, lovely food and friendly staff - the best tomato garlic bread we've ever tasted. We'd booked a table for 3.00pm but as our walk around the Grane reservoir finished early, we changed the time to 1.0 clock without any problems. Children's lunch for £1 is a great deal and very family friendly

Olwen H.
1 review so far 6
17.01.2016 18:26

Always welcoming great food reasonable prices what more could you ask for, thought the snow would stop our visit to them but t was fine so call them if the weathers bad as may not be as bad there, will be back very soon

Angela H.
1 review so far 5
16.02.2017 05:05

Highly recommend the pack .The food &service very good . The newly renovated restaurant has been done to a high standard looks amazing . The only negative tonight was I feel that the lightening in the large room was very bright personally think a bit more subdued lighting would be better .

Alison M.
1 review so far 6
16.11.2016 05:20

Had a lovely meal at the pack my starter of garlic mushrooms was gorgeous , and my main of stroganoff was lovely can't fault the food the staff are friendly and helpful, I'll certainly go back. Not to mention their variety of gins.

Veronica W.
1 review so far 6
01.06.2016 15:40

The food and service at The Pack are so good, I don't know why we ever eat anywhere else. We come regularly and have never had a disappointing meal. The specials menu changes often and offers some interesting and exciting dishes. Absolutely excellent.

Marie H.
1 review so far 6
01.02.2016 03:42

Great food prompt and friendly service. Would definitely recommend to anyone. The only down side and purely personal preference would have preferred a table away from the kitchen which im sure would have been offered if there had been one free so busy,

David A.
1 review so far 6
22.08.2016 01:26

Visited the last day before being closed for refurbishment. Despite this, virtually all the choices from the extensive menu were available. Service and food was great with decent sized portions. Will definitely return to see what it is like after the refurbishment.

Susan T.
1 review so far 6
14.05.2016 14:29

Fab night with friends food excellent been to many restaurants thought this was one of the best excellent menu and a very lovely specials menu I had the squid and then the seabass cooked to perfection will certainly be going again .

Maria W.
1 review so far 2
15.04.2017 20:08

On booking I informed the you that we had two vegans in our party. To cut a long story short, their choice of food was limited as they could not have any pasta or garlic bread. The closest they could get was a dry pizza base with a sprinkling of oil and garlic. It looked and tasted disgusting. For their main course they had two choices...vegetarian pizza minus the mozzarella, or risotto, which they hate! The other diners in our party considered their meals average The restaurant itself was very nicely decorated and comfortable. We live more than 30 minutes away and will not be making any further journeys to dine there. And we will not be recommending it to any of our family or friends.

Dawn T.
1 review so far 5
17.01.2016 07:00

Great food, service also good, bit close to the kitchen area and other tables pretty close too. All in all not a bad night. Felt the tables were a little small to handle the size of plates though was squashed at the table and there were only 3 of us.

Chloe R.
1 review so far 5
12.02.2017 20:53

Lovely food and very friendly staff who couldn't do enough for us despite it being busy. As it did become very busy when we were waiting for the bill, we ended up going to the bar to ask for our bill but it definitely didn't ruin the night. Thank you

Robert M.
1 review so far 4
14.03.2016 03:57

Food excellent - overall tidiness and cleanliness keft a bit to be desired. Nooks and crannies seened to be full of used table napkins and plastic bags and wine glass and candle holder ontavle not very ckean. Pity because it lets the restaurant down a bit. Two hors of attention to detail could solve this problem as the food was really good.

David W.
1 review so far 6
18.06.2016 05:22

Good parking facilities, friendly service and great food made this an excellent night out for us and friends. We found the prices very reasonable. The head chef came round to ask were we satisfied with everything, which was a nice touch.

Lucy S.
1 review so far 6
05.04.2016 01:06

Me and my partner came to the pack resaurant for lunch for the first time since having our baby it was a lovely place, nice relaxing atmosphere very clean staff were friendly service was prompt and the food was delicious.

Lesley Y.
1 review so far 6
28.02.2017 18:00

Superb, what a beautiful restaurant so stylish yet welcoming. Everything was just perfect, the staff, the drinks, the food and the service. Well done to everyone involved for making a lovely evening. We will definitely be back and highly recommend!