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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

Skipton’s award-winning European bar and kitchen, Alexander’s, celebrated its first birthday in glamour and stylewith a tropical-themed White Party. Over 150 guests adhered to the summer white dress code and enjoyed the exclusive sell-out evening which took over the entire restaurant, with billowing white curtains and fairy lights to frame the festooned terrace and secret garden. Top international DJ, Luke Pompey, and a live tenor saxophonist gave party-goers ambient beats and laid-back grooves, creating the perfect accompaniment to the trailblazing entertainment ensemble, comprising a duo of stilt-walkers and mesmerising fire dancers at dusk.

‘Brunch’ – the American dining phenomenon denoting a late-morning meal (breakfast-lunch) – has enjoyed a recent resurgence in the Ribble Valley. At Clitheroe’s The Emporium, general manager Thomas Leonard has noted the popularity of this particular dining habit explode in recent months. As a versatile and substantial meal that is perfect for starting the day, brunch was listed as one of the BBC Good Food’s principal food trends for 2017, and this year the rise continues. The Emporium prides itself on bringing the best food trends to the Ribble Valley.

Dewlay Cheesemakers has been crowned the best makers of Lancashire cheese in the world after scooping up the top awards at this year’s International Cheese Awards. Winning gold for its crumbly Lancashire cheese in both the traditional and the block cheese classes, and coming away with 11 gold medals, six silvers and four bronzes, Dewlay Cheesemakers then went on to win a handful of coveted trophies, including Champion Farmhouse Lancashire Cheese and Champion Block Lancashire.

The Holmes Mill site at Clitheroe has recently expanded to include a new facility. The 1823 Spinning Block Hotel, Bar & Grill features as a stunning conversion of the oldest building within the site, housing 39 individually designed and decorated bedrooms in the centre of Clitheroe. The venue has announced a seven-day weekly opening schedule and is now offering a daily special two-course lunch (available Monday to Saturday) which showcases the very best of local food and drink, in an inspiring setting that honours Lancashire’s rich industrial heritage and fine culinary traditions.

The experts at Brindle Distillery have recently been celebrating their winnings at The Gin Guide Awards 2018. Their locally-produced gin is made and distilled using grain and spring water from the family farm – a process which has clearly paid off as their Sunshine Gin was awarded Best Flavoured in the competition, while their Spiced Gin brought home a silver award, and their Signature Gin was given the gold.

Chorley’s Water Street recently gained a new eatery in the form of the Lean & Green Healthy Café. The café opened its doors on 1st August and has proven to be a hit, with customers rating their healthy smoothies, protein pancakes with Manuka honey, and ‘Buddha Boxes’. The menu offers a wide range of vegan-friendly options as well as gluten-, dairy- and refined sugar-free sweet treats, and customers will be able to enjoy all the café has to offer between 7am and 8pm, seven days a week.

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