5 food and drink days out in Lancashire
PUBLISHED: 00:00 31 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:06 31 October 2018
Take a bite from the county with a dining experience with a difference
Cook in a Michelin star kitchen
Join chef patron Mark Birchall in the kitchen at the much lauded Moor Hall in Aughton. The day starts at 10am and you get to spend the morning with Mark and the team. It includes mise en place, a light lunch in the kitchen and you’d be involved in lunch service, too.
When all the hard work is done you check into one of the restaurant’s stunning guest bedrooms and enjoy dinner for two in Moor Hall that evening. With breakfast, too, this once-in-a-lifetime experience costs £900, excluding drinks at dinner.Bookings are via telephone 01695 572511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drink in the atmosphere at one of Lancashire’s gin distilleries
We’re lucky to have some internationally renowned gins here in Lancashire. Find out more about how they are made at Black Powder Gin in Weeton – their Flintlock Navy Strength Gin and London Dry Gin have just won some of the biggest prizes on offer at the International Wine and Spirit Competition. The team hold regular Ginsperience events (£48) which include a two course meal, lots of fantastic gins and cocktails to try and live music.
Have a go at making gin yourself at Brindle’s Cuckoo Gin. In their distillery workshop you can not only get the unique opportunity to witness alcohol production from field to bottle, but you can also create your own bottle of gin. The distillery workshop (from £95) also includes the chance to taste the drinks and your own recipe will be saved so you can order it again. If you want to just enjoy a super gin, Batch Gin in Burnley, have their own Batch Innovations Spirits Club. Each month subscribers are sent a limited edition craft spirit created at the distillery. Priced at £32 per month.
Take a beer-cation
Holmes Mill in Clitheroe is not only home to Bowland Brewery but it also a place that celebrates the best in craft beer. The Bowland Beer Hall in the mill redevelopment, which was recently named CAMRA’s best pub conversion and the East Lancashire branches Pub of the Year, offers a short break centred around beer.
There’s an award-winning pub and brewery a constantly changing selection of beer and hosting brewery tours as well as the new Spinning Block Hotel, all on one site.
Dining with Distinction at East Lancashire Railway
Travel in style on a traditional Pullman style carriage and be transported back to a time where to dine by train was the height of sophistication. Enjoy first class service and fine dining while travelling through some of the county’s beautiful countryside.
Choose from a four course gastronomic delight, afternoon tea, murder mystery, a Lancastrian lunch or a Red Rose Diner experience.
Eat the best of Lancashire
Learn about the flavours of Lancashire as well as have a go at traditional and modern versions of recipes from the county at Northcote Cookery School’s Best of Lancashire course. Under the expert tutelage of Jason Birkbeck, known as Bruno, you’ll learn some of the best tips and tricks from a Michelin star kitchen. You will also take home a hotpot for four, an Eccles Cake dessert, potted shrimps and an English muffin.
The one day course (£250) also includes a two course lunch, cream tea and a Northcote Cookery School apron.