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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

Clitheroe’s Gazegill Organic Farm is set to open the UK’s first entirely sustainable, carbon neutral ‘eco eatery’. It is understood that the new 300 sq m site will be positioned within the farm estate at Rimington and will be an ‘off the grid’, green oaked framed and glass building, which will be powered by wind and solar. Gazegill Organic Farm eco-eatery will serve organic food, which has been farmed on its own land and is on schedule to launch around May or June 2019.

Tryanuary is a national campaign created to encourage beer fans to support independent breweries, pubs, bars and other retailers. Since its inception in 2015, the campaign has gained huge support. Take the Bowland Brewery challenge to get behind your local suppliers and try their new offerings for 2019. Visit for details of exciting events and new beers on the bar from far and wide throughout January.

Bertram’s Restaurant is rapidly becoming recognised as one of the North West’s culinary and social destinations. Having won several significant awards in the last 12 months and retaining its AA two-Rosette and five-star accommodation ratings, it also celebrated winning Best Luxury Brasserie – Europe at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards. Bertram’s forms part of the award-winning Woodland Spa.

An enthusiastic advocate of ESSE’s stoves and range cookers, TV personality Kate Hunble chatted with customers in ESSE’s Factory Cafe and signed copies of her new book Thinking on my Feet. Kate uses ESSE cookers for heating her home and for cookery demonstrations at ‘Humble by Nature’, her rural retreat in South Wales, and she has just ordered one of ESSE’s compact new electric range cookers – the 550 EL – for The Hayloft, a newly converted rental apartment at the farmhouse.

A new awards programme has been launched to recognise the stars of Lancashire’s hotel and hospitality industry. The inaugural Lancashire Hospitality Awards will champion and reward the top performers in the county. The awards night will take place on Friday, February 1st 2019 at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. For more information, please visit:

The Coniston Hotel in Skipton with its flagship restaurant, Macleod’s, has been awarded two AA Rosettes. A glass of champagne was given to each diner as a thank you during October for dining at Macleod’s. Two AA Rosettes are described as: “Excellent restaurants that aim for and achieve higher standards and better consistency. A greater precision is apparent in the cooking, and there will be obvious attention to the selection of quality ingredients.”

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