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World’s best gin
A Preston business is celebrating after being named one of the best gins in the world. Goosnargh Gin, run by husband and wife Richard and Rachel Trenchard, only launched its first gin last year, but has been awarded a gold for its Chapter One – Signature Gin in the International Wines and Spirits Competition (IWSC). It gained 95 out of a possible 100 points.
25th birthday celebrations
Bistrot Pierre celebrated Preston’s favourite flavours, with a special new menu – which was launched to mark the group’s 25th birthday. Not only that but it recently celebrated its first anniversary in Preston and has launched a new bar. The ‘Best of Bistrot Pierre: as voted for by you’ was available at lunch during the month of August and featured 12 classic dishes, including: French onion soup, coq au vin and crème brûlée, as well as the ever-popular boeuf bourguignon.
Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses has added 29 award wins to its trophy chest at this year’s International Cheese Awards. The fourth-generation cheesemakers achieved gold and silver awards across its range of cheeses, most notably including a gold award for its Kidderton Ash goat’s cheese, which also won three gold awards across various specialist classes. Other awards included Stratford Blue (Silver), Beacon Blue (Silver), Button Mill (Silver), Mrs Butler’s (Silver) and Smouldering Ember (Silver), which won on its first show outing to date.
New Lancashire cook book
County food champions, Marketing Lancashire, has provided the introduction to the new Lancashire Cook Book – Second Helpings, as part of its Taste Lancashire campaign aimed at raising the profile of the county’s incredible food and drink and increasing food tourism. Second Helpings is the follow-up to Meze Publishing’s first Lancashire Cook Book which was published in 2016. Just as the title suggests, this new publication provides a healthy portion of new food stories, serves up an array of new producers and introduces the county’s Taste Lancashire Ambassador Chefs.
Reuse and recycle
Booths is encouraging customers to bring reusable containers to counters as it continues to find ways to reduce the amount of single-use plastic being used within the business. Booths continue to be proactive in phasing out single-use plastic and has completely removed plastic cutlery from its takeaway counter products and inside Booths branded pre-packaged food to go options. This move will prevent 500,000 pieces of plastic cutlery being used within Booths each year.
Best Inn in the UK
Cartford Inn in Little Eccleston has won Inn of the Year at the Great British Pub Awards – the second time it has won the award. The awards were held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, with Mock The Week and Outnumbered comedian Hugh Dennis hosting the evening. Judges said its passion for excellence, coupled with constant investment and innovation has set The Cartford Inn apart from the pack.
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