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Hoppy Days micropub, Longridge has recently been awarded the 2018 George Lee Memorial Trophy from the CAMRA Central Lancashire branch, bringing the trophy shield back to Longridge after a 21-year absence. The trophy is the branch’s premier award and is presented annually to the pub, organisation, or person that is considered to have done the most for real ale locally during the previous calendar year.

Blackburn College and Northcote apprentice Josh Root has won the North West of England Final of the Springboard Future Chef Competition. Josh is studying Level 2 Professional Cookery Apprenticeship, he will now represent the region at the grand finals in London in March. The Springboard Future Chef Competition is a national, industry supported initiative that aims to inspire young chefs to consider a career within professional cookery, whilst encouraging the inclusion of cookery within school curriculums.

The Coniston Country Estate and Spa has strengthened its food and beverage team with the appointment of executive head chef Simon Bolsover. The hotel welcomes Simon to the award-winning Coniston in the newly created role to develop its dining offering and mentor a kitchen team of 20. Simon joins the Coniston from Macdonald Hotels and Resorts, where he served as executive chef for the North West region, heading up the food and beverage offering at five hotels including the Old England Hotel and Spa in Windermere.

The White Bull at Alston is proud to welcome their new chef Alan Hempton, who has joined the restaurant from the Borough Hotel in Lancaster. Alan and the team at the White Bull have recently cooked with GCSE pupils from Longridge High school, teaching them specific dishes and giving them a lesson in presentation.

Lancashire pub the Freemasons at Wiswell has finished in fourth place for the second year in the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs Awards. The awards are voted for by top foodies, hospitality experts, food writers, executive chefs, celebrity and top hospitality industry chefs, pub guide editors, industry chiefs and food operators. Lancashire had three pubs in the top 50 with the Parker’s Arms at number eight and, for the first time, the Cartford Inn at number 40.

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