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

Blend is Ribby Hall’s new coffee house, offering premium quality barista coffee and a range of food to eat in or grab and go. The venue is a sustainable business and wherever possible, cups, plates and food packaging are either recyclable, biodegradable or even compostable. This includes the viewing windows on the sandwich sleeves, which are made from potato starch. There are no printed menus, customers read about the various coffees, hot and cold snacks and sweet treats on a digital menu.

Regional supermarket Booths has scooped three top drinks awards. It won two awards at the People’s Choice Wine Awards 2020 as voted for by customers. They voted Booths’ Gran Norte Rioja Reserva the best ‘Treat Yourself Red Wine’ and it was also awarded ‘Supermarket of The Year’. In addition, the local company beat other finalists Asda and Waitrose to be crowned ‘Spirits Retails of the Year’.

An application to turn a former estate agent building on Liverpool Road into a new wine and tapas bar in Longton have been submitted to South Ribble Council. Proprietor Anthony Brocklebank wants to propose a beer, wine and tapas bar in a quiet, comfortable environment, offering a good range of food and drink at affordable prices and wants to help increase footfall into the village by increasing footfall for other establishments.

Winckley Square restaurant, 263 Preston, has been awarded two AA Rosettes for culinary excellence. It means the fine dining restaurant is the only spot within eight miles of Preston to boast this level of culinary excellence – and it’s one of just eight in the whole of Lancashire. The restaurant is passionate about food and creating a memorable dining experience. The head check and team have worked hard to achieve this rating.

The Guild Ale House on Lancaster Road in Preston has won the title Preston’s best pub 2020, voted for by the Campaign for Real Ale. The pub opened four years ago and offers seven ever changing cask ales, real ciders, craft beers, lagers, wines and two fridges full of cans and bottles from around the world! It’s also dog-friendly and has a quiet lounge and yard. This is the second time the pub has won the award, the last being in 2018. It now goes forward to the Lancashire pub of the year award.

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