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

A Lytham restaurant is the only northern brand to be shortlisted in a national award. Olive Tree Brasserie, has been named as a finalist amongst a record-breaking number of entries in the Casual Dining Restaurant and Pub Awards 2019. After scooping the Eat Out Award for Best Menu Development in 2018, the brasserie is a finalist in the Independent Restaurant of the Year (under five sites) and the winners will be announced at London’s Marriott Grosvenor Square this month.

You may or may not be surprised to learn that there are many different types of edible flowers, from the hops that make beer, to chrysanthemums which are used to create rice cakes. Have you ever enjoyed a cup of hibiscus tea or thrown some elderflower into a homemade cocktail or eaten a fresh viola decorationg a cake or salad?
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Enjoy an Aqua Thermal Journey at The Spa Ribby Hall from 5pm to 7pm and then later in the lounge bar for nibbles and a special cocktail making masterclass – including taste test of course! The event is £59pp including three delicious cocktails and a goodie bag for each guest. February’s class is all about gin!

The Whalley Wine Shop would like to thank their wonderful customers for making 2018 the most successful year ever! They now have ambitious plans for 2019 and thanks to their ongoing success they plan to expand the great team in Whalley. They are currently recruiting two full time members of staff including an assistant manager and marketing manager. For more details on these positions please visit

If Dry January worked for you and you want to continue cutting down on your alcohol intake then why not take a look at Mr Fitzpatrick’s vintage cordials? All the cordials are handmade, bottled and labelled at the factory nestled in the Rossendale Valley. Described as ‘loveliness in a bottle and endlessly versatile’, the cordials can be diluted with still or sparkling water, lemonade or tonic and served over ice or as a hot toddy. Create wonderful milkshakes, ice cream floats or use or in your bakes and cooking, how would you serve yours?

Samlesbury Hall does breakfast! With the recent addition of their cosy Hamlet of luxurious shepherds huts, in which you can enjoy a fabulous night’s glamping, Samlesbury Hall is now open to the public early doors for the best breakfast in Lancashire. From granola to a glorious full English, you choose! Served weekdays 8.30am to 10am, or weekends from 9am to 10.30am.

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