Food Bites!

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

Bowland Beer Hall has received national recognition from Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) for the outstanding conversion of the historic Holmes Mill complex. The ambitious conversion of the Grade II Listed Victorian mill into a mixed leisure and retail destination incorporating brewery, beer and food halls and hotel, won CAMRA’s Britain’s Best Pub Conversion Award.

The Wine Shed at Stydd gardens is excited to celebrate their first birthday in May! The specialist wine merchant offers an extensive range of well-known and popular wines and other more unique flavours. The Wine Shed is set to open The Wine Shed School of Wine this summer. The school will run formal and informal courses, as well as hosting courses for the public and corporate classes such as team building events. Watch this space!

Steven Smith of the Freemasons at Wiswell is set to welcome Michelin-starred chef Simon Hulstone from The Elephant in Torquay on 24th May for a one night only experience – ‘The Sea comes to the Valley’. The format for the evening will see Steven and Simon prepare and cook six courses. Simon has won numerous awards including the acclaimed Roux Scholarship in 2003 and the National Chef of the Year in 2008.

The Temperance Spirit Company has brought their second adult-styled flavoured drink to the market. Cuba Libre has all the flavour of dark rum and cola but without the alcohol. The drink is made from natural ingredients, a superior blend of Caribbean flavours, selected spices and premium cola.

The former Boddington Arms at Samlesbury has become part of the JW Lees family and they have re-opened the inn as The Bluebird at Samlesbury. The 20-bedroom inn is aptly named after Donald Campell’s jet engine hydroplane which was built at Samlesbury Engineering, now part of British Aerospace, opposite the pub. The pub looks forward to opening its doors and serving delicious home made British food.

Grandma Singleton’s of Longridge makes a special selection of cheese which is exported to 30 countries across the globe. The cheese-maker has been announced as the latest Northern Powerhouse Partner by Northern Power House Minister, Rossendale and Darwen MP Jake Berry. Tilly Carefoot, Chief Executive of Grandma Singleton’s said: “The north of England has loads to offer and it’s important it is promoted and recognised by a global audience.”

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