Food Bites!

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

Food and drink festival
Saturday 4th to Monday 6th May will once again see Lancaster Brewery’s garden transform into a foodie paradise, to delight new and returning appetite aficionados alike. Now in its eight year, the ever-expanding festival will be packed to capacity with 60 indoor and outdoor stalls, gazebos and marquees groaning with culinary goodness. The finest local growers, producers, retailers and artisan chefs from across the north west and beyond, will be plying their wares with gastronomic delights and popular free samples.

Beautiful botanicals
A husband and wife team have created a new gin. Richard and Rachel Trenchard launched Goosnargh Gin in October, which is already on the shelves at several local pubs and independent farm shops as well as supplying Preston’s newest gin and ale house Plau. The gins, which are already proving successful, are distilled in small batches by hand and recipes are developed using their baby still.

New bar on the block
A new micropub and café bar located in the heart of Penwortham, opened its doors in time for St Patrick’s Day. The Barrel and Bean company is based on Leyland Road in what used to be a beauty salon and will serve a range of beers and spirits as well as coffees, soft drinks, artisan cakes and light bites. The premises is licensed for 59 people.

A taste of Chorley
A Taste of Chorley will bring together a variety of local businesses and food producers, along with advice on healthy eating and demonstrations of simple tasty recipes. The event, which will be held on Saturday 24th June at 11am till 3pm, will take place across the town centre incorporating local businesses with a market area with activities, information, food and drink. On the day town centre traders will be taking part in a hot pot competition with visitors taking part being the judges.

New foodie ambassadors
Marketing Lancashire’s Taste Lancashire conference at Holmes Mill, Clitheroe was the perfect opportunity to name the county’s new Taste Lancashire Ambassadors as the organisation has now chosen a group of the country’s best chefs to be ambassadors. Mark Birchall, chef patron of the two Michelin star Moor Hall, Aughton; Lisa Goodwin-Allen executive head chef at Northcote at Langho; and Tom Parker, head chef at Lancashire’s newest Michelin star venue The White Swan at Fence, were named on the list.

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