Food Bites!

Tuck into our page of Food Bites that brings you the latest news on our restaurants, rural country inns, chefs and local artisan producers who all make the Ribble Valley a region of outstanding gastronomy

Riverford Organic customers recently joined the veg box experts for a Pop Up Feast at Hindelinis in Gisburn. The guests enjoyed a bountiful, veg-centric feast and shared dishes of squash, kale and pink peppercorn salad, winter greens and Brussels sprouts Caesar slaw, baked parsnips with popped beans and charred Clementines. The Riverford team hoped to inspire their customers with foods they could make at home with the veg box.

The James’ Places Group, which owns Holmes Mill and a number of pubs and inns throughout the county, reported a record-breaking end of year. Shoppers and revellers were happy to splash out to support local food and drink producers. During December establishments sold 16,927 pints of beer in the Bowland Beer Hall, 17,675 glasses of fizz, 8,703 bottles of Bowland Ales, 15,047 gin and tonics and 2,119 Roy Porter pork pies.

Huntley’s Country Stores is proud to announce the grand opening of their new-look restaurant. Last month the venue held an open evening for their newly refurbished restaurant which was a great success, with guests enjoying fizz and canapes and a prize draw with all donations going to Heartbeat.

Lecturer Iain Steele is hanging up his chef’s hat after 44 years of teaching within the Catering and Hospitality Department at Blackburn College. Iain started his catering career at the Savoy Hotel in London and joined Blackburn College in 1974. Iain said: “It has been such a pleasure to watch so many students succeed, I can’t believe how quickly 44 years has flown!”

At the end of 2017 four of Lancashire’s leading chefs teamed-up to produce an eight-course dinner at Hipping Hall in Kirkby Lonsdale as part of this year’s record-breaking #LancashireDay social media campaign. Chefs included Tom Parker, Oli Martin, Chris Bury and Matt Smith. Figures released by Marketing Lancashire, the organisation charged with promoting the county on a national and international stage, showed a reach of 74 million for #LancashireDay, beating last year’s record of 60 million.

The award-winning Coniston Hotel, near Skipton, has unveiled a sumptuous new menu for Valentine’s Day, celebrating the best food the region has to offer. The menu boasts an impressive range of produce from local farms, fishermen and fine food producers. Long standing favourites are still on the menu with new options including confit chicken terrine, pork tenderloin stuffed with apricots, wild mushroom tartlets and a dipping platter for dessert.

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