You didn't think we'd put together a Foodie Weekend without trying and testing its main attraction first, do you? Without wanting to give too much away (we need to give you something to look forward to after all), on a beautiful frosty morning in December, we set out with Katie from Bowland and Bay to explore the Ribble Valley and Goosnargh - the foodie way!
It's hard to put into words quite how enjoyable the day was, but being tourists on our own doorstep was eye opening. Katie took us to places we'd never been to before - so for those who never explore there own doorstep (like us!), this is the perfect opportunity to do so.
We began in Whalley at Breda Murphy's Pantry ,where we each chose a homemade pastry or slice of cake to either eat in the car or 'save until later'. Three of us quickly scoffed our treats, starting the day how we meant to go on, food filled and happy! Our next destination was D Byrne's & Co Fine Wines in Clitheroe. Now, if you don't know Byrne's but you love wine - this is a must see. Every single wall, floorspace, crate and barrel holds an enormous selection of wine from all over the world, with space for spirits too - whisky, gin, rum... you name it - they have it.
Our bags at least one bottle of wine fuller, we clambered into the Minivan to drive the short distance across town to the Bowland Food Hall for our morning snack, which turned out to be one of the best Lancashire Hotpots I've ever tasted. We then washed down our Hotpot with a beer flight from the Brewery next door, before making our way over to Ye Horns Inn for lunch. Here Katie ordered us in her favourite 'tapas' style, a little bit of everything to share, including turkey nuggets with a garlic mayo and deep fried brie. Again, yum! We each had a glass of wine to accompany our meal and agreed between us that we would 100% come back to Ye Horns again.
Feeling full and merry, we had two more stops to make on our grand tour of Lancashire's fabulous food scene. First, was Mrs Kirkham's Farm Shop to taste some cheese and get a behind the scenes look at their cheese store (I've never seen so much cheese in one place!). All their cheese is made fresh from their dairy herd on the day, and then matured accordingly before being sold either through their shop or through other small businesses. Our final stop of the day was Wild Fox Distillery, a family owned dairy farm who have diversified into gin production with a café too. We tried at least six of their different gins whilst learning about the fascinating origins and history behind each. It's safe to say we were all feeling VERY merry by the end of the day.
All costs on the day were covered by Katie, apart from the bits we bought for ourselves, and moreover she bought us treats to go home with, the perfect kind of souvenir. So, have we managed to convey how incredible the day was? And how highly we recommend the experience? Perhaps the only way to be sure is to try it out yourselves ...
Stay in one of our luxury lodges for two nights. On the Friday evening, the night’s your own. Experience a peaceful evening under the stars then for dinner, you’ll have access to the lodge’s kitchenette, fire pit and barbecue. Or book into one of the incredible local eateries. On Saturday Katie of Bowland and Bay will pick you up in her luxury Mercedes Tourer for a 5-hour food tour around some of Lancashire’s amazing Artisan food producers. You’ll arrive back at your lodge satiated and entertained, with goodies from your trip to enjoy too before getting a peaceful night’s sleep in the tranquillity of our Woodland Glade. On your final morning, enjoy a hearty cooked breakfast from our Cart Shed café, choosing from
locally produced full English, yoghurts, toast, cereals and coffee before you make your way home.