Ribble Valley Food

Ribble Valley… the food capital of Lancashire

Ribble Valley Food Heaven

Ribble Valley Food Heaven

Often referred to as the food capital of the north, Ribble Valley plays host to a mouth-watering array of food experiences. Right across the valley you will discover an abundance of award-winning eateries with friendly and professional staff just waiting to welcome you.

From cosy cafes and tearooms to gastro pubs, contemporary mill conversions and a Michelin-starred manor house. With authentic Indian to award-winning Cantonese there are flavours of the world to be found in the Ribble Valley

The Red Pump Inn at Bashall Eaves offers sensational steak dishes. Their beef comes from native Longhorn, Shorthorn and Galloway cattle and is slowly matured for a wonderful flavour. Their suppliers, Ginger Pig, produce for some of the best restaurants in London, Paris…and Bashall Eaves!

 At the Derby Arms in Longridge, you will find a superb selection of freshly prepared food which is created using quality, seasonal ingredients. Their lunch menu offers a range of light bites and classic favourites and is perfect fuel for an afternoon of local shopping in Longridge.

Over in Downham, at the Assheton Arms, the specials menu is changed daily, and this traditional country inn has won a string of awards and is popular with both drinkers and diners.

Artisan Ribble Valley is one of the newest gastronomic experiences, offering a food celebration using fantastic mouth-watering produce from local, independent award-winning artisan producers. It is all brought together under one roof, in stylish surroundings at Foxfields Country Hotel.  

Occupying the original Spinning Block, the new Bar & Grill at Holmes Mill is the latest, and most spectacular, addition to the James’ Places collection of Ribble Valley hotels, bars and restaurants. Most restaurants have a bar of one sort or another. Not many restaurants have a bar like this. It’s big, it’s beautiful, it’s simple, stylish and also superbly well stocked. For morning coffee to aperitifs, cocktails and nightcaps the Bar at the Bar & Grill is worthy of a visit on it’s own!

A great English pub experience is The Aspinall Arms which sits on the banks of the River Ribble overlooking the medieval All Hallows church and the 14th century Great Mitton Hall. Serving classic British cuisine, the menu is wonderfully varied, and dishes are freshly cooked using local ingredients. The Aspinall is a particularly popular spot with walkers, cyclists and families.

The Spread Eagle in Sawley is in a picture postcard location with the River Ribble on one side of the building and on the other the remains of the 12th century Cistercian Sawley Abbey. All day the Spread Eagle serves up ‘Lancashire Tapas’ and regional dishes with a twist, as well as their famous afternoon teas or light bites. Dining can be informal in the bar or in one of the intimate dining rooms.

Fitzy’s bar and restaurant at the Higher Trapp Hotel has been stylishly refurbished to create a cosy and relaxing environment, oozing with charm. The floor to ceiling windows catch the sun and offer a breathtaking view of the Pendle countryside. Fitzy’s commanding hillside position ensures a stunning view from the outdoor terrace.

Another lovey dining experience in a beautiful location is Mr Fred’s at Stanley House Hotel and Spa, which offers classic British food cooked to perfection with stunning views over local countryside. Stanley House’s executive team works meticulously to source produce from some of the best farms, fine food producers, markets, suppliers, wine merchants and breweries across the North.

The Garden Kitchen at Holden Clough Nursery offers a different experience again whether you choose their big breakfast or their renowned picnic bench teas which change in themes through the seasons. Another gem for afternoon tea is Mytton Fold, where the menu is inspired by the hotel’s history as a farm.   

The Freemasons at Wiswell, is the multi award winning AA restaurant of the year for 2017/18, which offers a true gastronomic experience in a stylish pub setting. Inspired by Chef/patron Steven Smith, the Freemasons combines country pub, shooting lodge, a slice of gentrified refinement and adds a twist of contemporary creativity and flair to create the perfect setting for a memorable gastronomic experience.

To find out more about locally sourced food and drink, visit www.ribblevalleyfoodheaven.com and learn more about our wonderful local suppliers.

Home Grown for you to take home

Ribble Valley is renowned for its food quality, with much of the produce being made here in the heart of the Valley.  The suppliers of these artisan products are passionate about creating the best of food and drink, made available on our doorstep.

Here in the Valley, there is a great number of independent cheesemakers – each offering a remarkable number of quality cheeses. Set in the unspoilt Chipping countryside, Procter’s Cheeses has been in operation since the 1930sand their small, wax coated cheeses are all made in Ribble Valley, and exported as far away as far away as Australia! Using milk from local farms, Leagram Organic Dairy is yet another fine example of the excellent food providers we have here. Leagram’s extensive range of organic Lancashire cheeses is available to purchase from the cheese-making site itself in Chipping where a small museum shows some of the implements used in cheese making over the centuries.

Just a few miles from Chipping, the village at the heart of Ribble Valley cheese making, you will find Little Town Dairy and Farm Shop. Here, locally sourced yogurt, cream, crème fraîche and ice-cream, are made and the Little Town Dairy supplies to some of the world’s leading cruise-liners – including P&O. Local meat is available in the adjacent farm shop and homey made cakes are sold in the on-site tea room

Much of the locally sourced, hand-reared produce from Ribble Valley is also available at the weekly Clitheroe Market, and particularly showcased at the annual Clitheroe Food Festival, an annual celebration of the hard work and commitment that local food and drink suppliers invest into their fantastic produce. During the festival (which is free to enter), the town centre is taken over by an array of culinary stalls – all offering tasteful delights. So, for a true taste of Ribble Valley, come and sample our fabulous local food products.

Locally grown and hand-sourced produce is available to buy at many local outlets across Ribble Valley, but the largest is the Bowland Food Hall. a most wonderful showcase for the very best of Lancashire’s food and drink producers. Open seven days a week his modern temple to gastronomic indulgence provides a platform for local producers to sell their wares in an elegant setting.


To find out more about locally sourced food and drink and our wonderful local suppliers visit www.ribblevalleyfoodheaven.com.

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