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

Spice it up
Booths has partnered with Lee and Kevin Fernandez from Rafi’s Spicebox to bring an authentic taste of Indian cooking to Lancashire. Rafi’s Spicebox is a heritage brand specialising in recreating home-cooked Indian food, with five stores across the UK in Suffolk, York, Harrogate, Newcastle and Leeds. The joint venture will see the introduction of a concession stand within the Booths’ Fulwood store, following on from the success of concessions in Burscough and Knutsford.

Love local
A fresh, healthy eating venue has opened its doors at South Planks on Garstang Road near Barton in Preston. Staff members celebrated the event by sampling dishes from the wholesome new menu. Planks Kitchen is open five days a week, and the café specialises in serving nourishing food with an emphasis on local and seasonal produce. The vibrant new venue will also host a variety of monthly events designed to enhance wellbeing including workshops and yoga retreats.

Oldest Fylde pub receives investment
The Ship at Freckleton is to reopen in November after a £330,000 refurbishment with new licensees at the helm. The 16th Century Inn is the oldest public house on the Fylde Coast offering a warm welcome with homemade food and real ales. Open just in time for Christmas, the pub will have a new bar and alfresco dining area with stunning views across the Freckleton marsh.

Two’s company
Two well-known chefs are to hit the sights of Blackpool. The Hairy Bikers will be on tour in the town from September – November 2020 for an evening of fun, frolics, food and their tales of life on the road, as well as giving the audience the chance to ask them questions. Fans will be able to see them at the Blackpool Opera House.

National award
A village wine shop in the Ribble Valley has just scooped the most prestigious award in wine retail. The Whalley Wine Shop in Whalley has been named Best Local Wine Shop in the UK by the wine industry’s leading magazine Decanter at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards in London. The award was presented to the manager Matt Monk, at an awards presentation in London, attended by nearly 200 of the country’s top wine industry professionals.

New micro pub
The couple who opened Tarleton’s first micro pub nine months ago, The Vestry, has expanded to open a new venue in Freckleton. Located on Lytham Road, the pub is due to open in December just in time for Christmas and will focus on supporting local breweries, as well as offering a large selection of cask ales, craft beers, gins and great wine.

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