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Gibbon Bridge are celebrating 20 years of wine tasting, and to mark such an auspicious occasion they plan to host a black tie dinner with a special menu accompanied by a variety of European classic wines provided by Tanners Wine Merchants. The event, on Friday 9th November, will be hosted by Adrian Patterson from Tanners and promises to be entertaining and enlightening in equal measures.

Northcote’s Cookery School’s junior tutor Emma Lawson was one of just six young chefs to join the Graduate Awards Hall of Fame in 2018 following her performance in the Craft Guild of Chefs Pastry Graduate Competition. Fourteen entrants reached the final with the pastry exam the last challenge before the successful graduates were revealed at a ceremony at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge, London. The competition is for chefs aged 23 and under and is designed to test and improve the skills they have learned early in their careers taking them to the next level.

Staff at the Temperance Spirit Company have been in ultimate party mode recently after their Teetotal G‘n’T was announced as the winner in the Janey Lee Grace Janey Loves 2018 Platinum Awards. The awards celebrate the best in natural, eco and organic products and services and saw several well-known faces on the panel of judges, including Zoe Ball, Carrie Grant, Jo Wood and the medicinal chef Dale Pinnock.

The Freemasons at Wiswell came up trumps at the Great British Pub Awards in London with chef owner Steve Smith not only winning Best Food Pub Award but also taking home the esteemed Chef of the Year Award. Open to pubs with a first-rate food offer, the Best Food Pub category, which Steve also won in 2016, looks for flair and imagination on the menu, great sourcing policies and innovation. For Chef of the Year, as well as explaining his signature style, Steve competed in a cook-off against other shortlisted chefs.

The 102 finalists competing in 22 categories for this year’s Lancashire Tourism Awards have been announced. Celebrating the county’s very best in tourism and hospitality, the annual ceremony recognises the accomplishments of participants and applauds all who work in this diverse sector. Among the ‘foodie’ finalists this year are the Aspinall Arms in Mitton, Browsholme Hall in Clitheroe, Ribby Hall Village in Wrea Green, A’Vucciria in Rawtenstall and Clitheroe’s Holmes Mill and Bowland Brewery.

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