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

Brunning and Price has recently purchased Ribble Valley Inns, a collection of restaurant and real ale pubs in the north of England including the Highwayman, Kirkby Lonsdale, the Clog & Billycock, Blackburn, the Three Fishes, Mitton and the Bull at Broughton. The fifth Ribble Valley Inns pub, the Nag’s Head, Tarporley, did not form part of the deal and is to be sold separately.

Independent retailer Booths has been announced as the exclusive picnic partner for Lytham Festival 2018. VIP festival goers enjoying Sunday’s popular Last Night of the Proms-style concert with Il Divo, Martine McCutcheon and the Heart of England Philharmonic Orchestra, will receive an exclusive hamper supplied by Booths featuring a selection of their most premium products.

A new French-style bistro is coming to Preston and is set to open summer 2018. Bistro Pierre will occupy the site of the former Fishergate Baptist Church which has been empty since 2011. The bistro will specialise in French cuisine and models itself on the traditional bistros of small French towns.

A new restaurant on Dole Lane, next to Chorley Little Theatre is opening soon. New owner Gareth Tebay is inviting people to play a part in naming the new venture by visiting the Facebook page. Gareth wants the restaurant to have a theatre theme. Gareth has 15 years in the catering industry and used to manage The Kitchen Theatre.

Leading Clitheroe brasserie The Emporium has introduced a full vegan menu, giving every diner a choice of dishes, whatever their dietary needs. The plant-based menu is available all day from breakfast and brunch through to lunch, nibbles and dinner. It includes options for The Emporium’s famous pizzas – made in the wood fired pizza oven – and sharing dishes such as nachos and planks.

The Freemasons at Wiswell has once again proved it’s a force to be reckoned with, taking the 18th spot at the 2018 Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards, the third highest in the north. The Parker Arms, Clitheroe took the 76th spot with Northcote Manor achieving 96th place. The annual awards, which are now in their 11th year, are voted for by top chefs, restaurateurs, food writers, critics and other food experts and gastronomes across the UK.

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