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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

Booths Team up with Michelin Star Chef
Booths has teamed up with multi-Michelin star chef Simon Rogan to create a new range of recipe boxes. Designed with the home cook in mind, the ‘Let’s Cook’ boxes contain premium ingredients specially selected by Rogan’s team of chefs from Booths’ trusted producers. They are available at Booths supermarkets and in selected Amazon Fresh postcodes. The boxes contain instructions, a step-by-step video delivered by Rogan himself and a little bottle of “chef magic” from the Rogan kitchens, designed to elevate each cook-at-home dish to the next level.

Olive Tree to Re-open as a Brasserie
The former Olive Tree restaurant in Preston will reopen in 2022 as an English brasserie. New leaseholder Mark O’Rourke is a local restauranteur who owns several Preston restaurants, such as Fino Tapas, La Neta, 263 and Winckley Street Ale House. The Preston Olive Tree closed in August with Lytham, Chester and Stockton Heath remaining open. The city centre venue is to remain a restaurant but will lose its former name. Mark and his team are yet to choose a new one, but they expect to decide and open the new location by January 2022.

Bob & Berts Comes To Town
Bob & Berts joins the growing list of big name eateries opening up in Preston. Popular UK coffee chain Bob & Berts is making its way to Preston. Set to open during November, the store will be located in a vacant spot in Fishergate across from Primark. The chain was first founded in Portstewart, Northern Ireland, in 2000 and has since expanded with 14 stores in Northern Ireland and five stores in Scotland. In June the first Bob & Berts opened in England, in Lancaster. Preston is set to be the second store in England for the chain.

Hurst Grange Café Now Open
The new dog-friendly Hurst Grange Cafe in Penwortham has opened for business. Located in Penwortham’s refurbished Coach House on Hurst Grange Park, the cafe offers breakfast, lunch, homemade cakes and barista coffees. With funding from South Ribble Borough Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the site was brought back as a focal point for park visitors.

Lytham’s hidden gem that only gets five star reviews
A street food takeaway in Lytham has made such an impression with diners that it has landed 348 five star reviews out of 353 in total. Elvin Asher and Charlotte Natfel set up their own eatery, Elvin’s, in the pandemic right in the centre of Lytham. The food is inspired by traditional Middle Eastern food and serves dishes like Pakistani scrambled egg, shawarmas, buddha bowls and even simpler things done well such as steak and chips. It caters for vegans and aims to offer food at an affordable price. The response from the community was described as ‘overwhelmingly supportive’ when they opened during a pandemic and that has continued to be the case since the eatery opened its doors proper.

Fine Dining in Kirkham
A Kirkham restaurant boss has invested in the town’s future by opening a new local eatery. Restaurateur Andrew Booker and his son, James, have opened the fine dining establishment The Old Bank on Poulton Street. They have transformed the former Midland/HSBC bank premises into a 44-cover restaurant serving British cuisine, all created using locally sourced ingredients. The Old Bank has been the talk of the town ever since a griffin sculpture appeared above the door to the premises during lockdown. Modelled in part on the old Midland bank logo, Archie, affectionately nicknamed after being created at Archforge blacksmiths, has become a famous local landmark.

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