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

Owner of the Freemasons at Wiswell, Steve Smith was recently awarded a Special Contribution Award for Food Excellence at this year’s Ribble Valley Stars in Tourism Awards, run by the Ribble Valley Tourism Association. The award recognised the contribution he has made to the local area.

Young chefs from across Lancashire have basted and baked their way to perfection in the final round of the Reg Johnson Young Chef Schools Competition, held in Blackburn College’s purpose-built training kitchens. Held in memory of the late poultry farmer Reg Johnson, the competition was judged by TV chefs Nigel Haworth and Paul Heathcote MBE. Nabil Hamzah and Waseem Iqbal from Blackburn Central High School were crowned the overall winners of the competition.

Tattu Manchester is welcoming the long-awaited change in seasons with a new summer à la carte menu featuring 17 new dishes and new cocktails. The summer menu will showcase some of the most celebrated seasonal flavours and ingredients, blended with contemporary Asian influences and cooking techniques.

A snail farm in Waddington, which supplies more than 200 restaurants throughout the UK, is to open its own on-site venue. L’Escargotiere is investing £100,000 in the project which will see a 60-cover restaurant launched this summer. There will be an emphasis on locally-produced foods such as cheese as well as afternoon tea and scones, sandwiches, light snacks and products from the farm’s own deli range. Watch this space!

Clitheroe’s legendary Emporium is coming of age and celebrating its 21st birthday this month. The former Methodist Chapel on Moor Lane was the first venue developed by the James’ Places hospitality group and it trailblazed the ‘dining with retail’ concept in the Ribble Valley. Since 1996 the Emporium has seen demand for its great food continue to grow. The menu has recently seen the addition of special menus for vegans and gluten intolerant diners.

Fullaloves wine and tapas bar in Longridge has recently celebrated its first anniversary! Fullaloves opened its doors last May and has been a huge hit with locals and visitors from afar. Since opening the bar has introduced a hugely popular wine-by-the-glass machine. The anniversary was marked with a lively celebration party with music, nibbles and plenty to drink!

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