As Lancastrians we are so lucky to have such beautiful landscapes and fabulous eateries right on our doorstep, writes Tedd Walmsley

The Ribble Valley has been in the headlines recently for all the right reasons. It has been voted one of the best places to live in the UK in a recent Sunday Times poll and one of the most attractive of tourist destinations for visitors from far and wide – let me welcome you to our Ribble Valley.

National press, food and travel journalists including Jay Rayner from the Guardian are frequent visitors here and have helped promote an already burgeoning reputation for food and drink.

In the last couple of months the Estrella Damm Top 50 GastroPubs 2018 were announced – two of the top 10 were right here in the Valley, namely the Freemasons at Wiswell and the Parkers Arms at Newton with our friends at the Cartford Inn just a short drive away also on the list.

The Ribble Valley has built its reputation by many of the restaurants using the rich local larder of products here on our doorstep. We have a host of other award winning cafes, gastro pubs, specialist restaurants and of course our own Michelin star – Northcote.

A recent addition to the opportunity to wine and dine here is Holmes Mill situated in Clitheroe. This is an incredible and interesting food destination with an award winning bar, a new hotel and the stunning food hall showcasing the very finest of Lancashire fayre.

Many of the establishments named above are both child and dog friendly giving everyone plenty of choice.

The Ribble Valley has some truly world class producers that showcase their products both through local retailers and the excellent food events that run from June to September. Highlights to these can be found in this magazine’s ‘What’s On’ pages alongside a feature helping you decide which of the farmers markets to attend. If you’re self-catering or simply want to take home a taste of the Ribble Valley, please support these talented artisans and enjoy the very best we have to offer.

Alongside our new hotels we have a wide choice of accommodation to match the incredible food – cosy rooms in pubs, award winning B and Bs, caravans, lodges and even yurts and shepherds huts. There’s accommodation to suit every budget so why not combine your food experience with a gourmet break? We have plenty of choice and a welcome that will be second to none.

Thank you for reading my introduction to the Ribble Valley food scene – it is exciting, vibrant and plentiful. Please enjoy your break in our wonderful home.



Tedd Walmsley

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