Ribble Valley conjures up images of quaint villages and stunning countryside, but it is also home to some of Lancashire’s best food and drink.
The Ribble Valley Food Trail, which is the brainchild of Ribble Valley Borough Council, aims to put the spotlight on the area’s food producers.
An array of wonderful foods - meat from traditional Lancashire breeds, organic milk and cheese, yogurt and ice-cream, handmade chocolate, pies and pastries, and a feast of fruit and vegetables packed with natural flavour - can be found at shops and restaurants along the borough’s leafy lanes and in its historic towns and villages.
The Ribble Valley Food Trail, part of the area’s ongoing recovery from the 2001 foot and mouth epidemic, is being supported by Taste Lancashire 2008, a year of events and activities being co-ordinated by the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board aimed at promoting Lancashire producers, farmers’ markets, up-and-coming chefs and fine foods.
An independent panel comprising food and tourism experts and writers from throughout Ribble Valley compiled the trail, which features 36 restaurants, inns, shops and delicatessens on a dedicated map for food enthusiasts to follow.
Outlets featured on the trail were chosen for their commitment to local produce, high quality foodstuffs and excellent customer service.
So, click on the map to the right for all the ingredients for a perfect rural escape and plenty to whet your appetite!
* The Ribble Valley Food Trail has received funding from the Lancashire Rural Tourism Initiative, the Lancashire Rural Recovery Action Plan, the North West Development Agency and the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board.
Inclusion on the trail does not imply endorsement by Ribble Valley Borough Council or its partners. Please check all opening times before embarking on your journey.