Lancashire Life Luncheon - The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston
PUBLISHED: 15:47 31 October 2011 | UPDATED: 22:08 21 October 2015
Working together as a family has helped The Cartford Inn achieve great things, as Emma Mayoh discovered PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIRSTY THOMPSON
Téo Beaume is a chip off the old block. Despite only being 11 he’s already been helping in the family business for three years. He waits on tables and tends to the customers at The Cartford Inn, the country pub, restaurant and hotel owned by his parents Patrick and Julie in the rural idyll of Little Eccleston.
And he’s not the only member of the family to help out. The couple’s daughter, Jeanicia, gave a helping hand until she left recently to study in Newcastle and you’ll see artworks by their niece, Tanicia, adorning the walls of the 17th century building.
It is this great teamwork that has helped Patrick and Julie transform the fine old building into a vibrant business since they took it over four years ago. During that time they invested around £1 million. Over the past 12 months they have added an extension to create more dining space with a huge picture with views of the Wyre and the Trough of Bowland, built a new rear entrance and kitchen and they have doubled the number of bedrooms.
Although he’s not a blood relative, head chef Ian Manning, is one of the family. He has been working for the business since Patrick, originally from Bordeaux, took over.
Like the Frenchman, who has worked in the hospitality industry all over the world, Ian has some heavyweight credentials, including working with Antony Worrall Thompson.
You’ll often find them both in the kitchen, devising the simple yet creative dishes the Cartford has become known for.
The pair showed the best of this fantastic country pub to the guests at the latest Lancashire Life lunch. There were a mix of first time diners and stalwart drinkregulars, including one local lady, Judy Riley, who eats there three times a week.
The pace was set with a sparkling Alsace Cremant-Mayerling Brut served with canapés of Lancashire cheese béarnaise with wasabi and crème fraiche, Cumbrian cured ham with melon balls and strawberries, cherry tomatoes stuffed with cream cheese and chicken liver topped with fruit chutney.
A 2008 Finca de Arantei Albarino was perfectly matched with the generous starter of delicately smoked haddock and poached egg served with mashed potato and a creamy, curried hollandaise. The tender fish, sourced from Patrick’s brother-in-law Stuart Hayton in Fleetwood, put up little resistance.
The main was the ultimate burger, made with fillet steak from Honeywells in Woodplumpton, served with chilli jam and a cone of fries.
This delicious man course was very well received by diners. The 2008 Guineas 58 Everyday Claret complemented this hearty, well-constructed dish perfectly.
Dessert was more delicately done, with a vanilla panacotta served with a blackberry encased in elderflower jelly and a smooth, sweet crème anglaise.
The pleasing smiles from the satisfied diners said it all. The hard work put in by Patrick and Julie, along with their own and extended family, has paid off.
The Cartford Inn, Cartford Lane, Little Eccleston, PR3 0YP, 01995 670166