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5.4 /6 Excellent 133 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 17:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday 17:00 - 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.


133 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 133 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: great value
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
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Colleen S.
1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 20:41

Had a great night food lovely and staff were very attentive. The new extension has been done very well. will be going back soon. Will recommend to friends and family.

Sean S.
6 reviews so far 6
08.02.2017 23:04

Fantastic as always. Great experience, great atmosphere and great staff. Would recommend to anyone. We will be going back again. Always well looked after by all.

Edward B.
1 review so far 6
06.02.2017 06:43

2nd visit in a week ! Tried some new dishes tonight !!! Wow it touched the spot ..... Totally recommend you won't be disappointed Schermazing

Lisa B.
1 review so far 6
22.01.2017 01:41

Lovely enviroment, lovely staff topped of by superb food. Had a nice bottle of red too that went down a treat. Highly recommend. Perfect lunchdate with hubby. Will definitely take our 3 boys next time.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 :)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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 .

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,

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.

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 .

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.

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.

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.

harry c.
1 review so far 6
29.11.2015 07:50

Brilliant food and atmosphere at the Pack.We went with our grandchildren and the staff made sure both us and the children enjoyed our meal. Nothing is too much trouble .Food is exccellent. Brilliant staff.Perfect choice for a great italuan meal.

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.

Phil C.
2 reviews so far 6
21.10.2016 16:08

I suppose you could class us as regulars at The Pack. We always enjoy the food and hospitality. The weekly specials are posted on Facebook which helps selecting the meal. Really looking forward to the re-opening following the refurbishment.

Geoff T.
1 review so far 6
13.07.2016 05:47

Exceptional and authentic Italian food. Head chef knows exactly what he is doing. Great value and wonderful service and staff who take time to make sure that your experience is a good one. We'll be definitely returning very soon.

Matt B.
1 review so far 5
11.06.2016 04:53

Fantastic food and friendly service. Highly recommend the Chicken Livers and Black Pudding. The only fault I could pick is the bland decor but we were informed that a refurb is taking place in August so we will definitely be back after this to try again!

Ben C.
1 review so far 6
04.04.2016 11:39

Excellent food, we were remembered as guests, and the best bit was when our 3 year old daughter was taken to get the bill and presented it to the table! Thanks as ever team - it was brilliant!

David G.
1 review so far 6
16.05.2016 15:31

The meal we had last night was second to none. One of our party is coeliac, which wasn't a problem at all. The staff were well informed on allergies and we were very well looked after.

Mary B.
4 reviews so far 6
26.08.2016 02:38

Best Italian for miles around. Great food, good attentive staff and a fantastic atmosphere, what more can you ask for? Can't wait for it to open after it's refurbishment. Hope the workmen get a wiggle on!

Lynne C.
1 review so far 5
23.03.2016 00:02

Good welcome and service. Although did have to wait for our garlic bread to arrive. The food was excellent though,I opted for goats cheese starter and lamb kleftico for main. Very tasty and hot as it should be. Will certainty be going again.

Nicola H.
1 review so far 6
21.11.2016 07:44

There are no words? All I can say is the food was amazing, excellent service, good value, lovely surroundings. You definitely need to go, I HIGHLY recommend. Try the profiteroles, they are to die for!!

John T.
2 reviews so far 6
27.11.2016 17:24

Great atmosphere, delicious food, overall a lovely evening. Staff were very obliging. Having been to the restaurant on several occasions before the refurbishment, which is fantastic may I add. I would wholeheartedly recommend The Pack.

Scott T.
1 review so far 6
02.01.2016 17:53

Great little Italian , 3bees beer on and great food can't say anything negative . Staff attentive . Menu good choice . Children eat for £1 it's a great place high on a hill

Karen E.
1 review so far 6
10.07.2016 04:15

Excellent food and drinks in a warm and friendly service and atmosphere. We ate from the early bird menu three courses for £14 and children eat for a £1. Will be returning soon.

Mark L.
1 review so far 6
08.05.2016 15:20

Excellent great food , staff very friendly would highly recommend !! Would just say, next time you pass slow down and chill instead of doing 90 miles per hour on a busy road

Mary B.
4 reviews so far 6
20.06.2016 03:11

Really shouldn't tell you this, but if you don't eat here, you will have missed one of life's great dining experiences. Never had a dish that hasn't met the highest of standards.

Jackie M.
1 review so far 6
18.06.2016 15:18

Lovely night, good food- steak is the best ever eaten! Pay for fine dining - so not cheap but worth it! Service was fabulous - really lovely young man that served us

Nigel H.
1 review so far 6
29.05.2016 00:31

Fantastic lovely restaurant attentive staff and amazing food especially the 3 course menu the offer was extremely good well with a visit and fantastic value for money will be returning very soon

Geoff D.
1 review so far 5
29.10.2015 18:12

Good food, friendly service and good prices. Our reservation was acknowledged and we were shown straight to our table. There was a good choice of starters and mains. All that we tried was well presented and very tasty.

phillip s.
1 review so far 5
29.03.2016 20:51

Nice feel about the place. Service very good. Make sure you state how you like your meat cooked. I didnt and mine was not done to my liking. Only myself to blame for that. Will definatley go back.

1 review so far 6
20.02.2016 07:51

Good size portions, different specials. Excellent value for money. Prompt service, relaxed atmosphere.you can see the meals being cooked fresh in the open kitchen. Excellent choice for a relaxed meal out.

Diane D.
1 review so far 6
16.03.2016 19:59

The restaurant has a lovely ambience. The food was excellent - our party of four all had something different and it was all very good. We will definitely be visiting again

James M.
1 review so far 5
20.08.2016 20:04

Excellent food, nothing exceptional about decor, but obviously some decoration is taking place. Would definately recommend for food. Car park could do with upgrading. Very difficult for walking on with high heels. ( my wife, not me!!)