Food and Drink

A truly delicious destination

There’s so much scope for enthusiastic foodies to embark on a gastronomic tour of this productive corner of Britain.

The fertile valley floors of Bowland are dairy farming country and the western edge of the AONB is where the vast majority of the county’s distinctive Lancashire cheese is made.

Local cheeses are a speciality, and you’ll also find artisan pies, award-winning sausages, higher welfare grass-fed meat, bread and confectionary in the many local shops and cafes.

And in recent years, local cheese-makers have innovated to produce a wider variety of cheeses than ever before. These days, alongside the tangy traditional Lancashire, you’ll find robust blue cheeses, delicate goats milk cheeses and unique ewes milk variants.

The Forest of Bowland is home to two of the top five venues in the UK’s Top 50 Gastropubs, with another two local establishments in the top 50 list.

The chefs behind award-winning establishments like the Parkers Arms, the Higher Buck, the Freemasons at Wiswell and the Michelin-starred the White Swan are unanimous about the reasons for this: the availability of outstanding local produce right on their doorstep.

Combine an active day exploring the gorgeous little villages with an Epicurean odyssey through this mouth-watering corner of England – or time your visit to coincide with the Clitheroe Food Festival in August.

From field to fork

Discover independent food retailers and artisan producers on a foodie tour of this mouth-watering corner of England.

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Where to eat

You’ll find a mouthwatering selection of cafés, cosy pubs and welcoming country inns in the pretty villages of the Forest of Bowland.

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Be A Garden Maker

A beautiful small garden centre located in a rural location. Lovely tearoom serving homemade traditional food, dogs welcome. Easy access for limited mobility. Gift shop and reclamation shop in our onsite barns also gives interesting things for our home and ...
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Bentham Golf Course

Bentham Golf Course is a picturesque, family-run 18 hole golf course situated at the foot of the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Previously described as ‘a Diamond of the Dales’, Bentham offers a challenge to golfers of all abilities and visitors are ...
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Bowland and Bay

As the Forest of Bowland’s reputation for artisan food spreads across the country, Katie Wilson at Bowland and Bay is showcasing some of Lancashire’s best artisan food and drink After 30 years in various tourism and buying roles, the pandemic ...
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Bowland Beer Hall

The Beer Hall is Bowland Brewery’s flagship tasting parlour… and what a flagship it is! One of the longest bars in Britain – 105ft 4”- is home to 42 hand pulls and hosts a minimum of 24 individual cask beers ...
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Bowland Food Hall

Bowland Food Hall is the most wonderful showcase for the very best of Lancashire’s food and drink producers. We work with passionate food and drink producers across the northwest, to bring the finest fare to your plate. Most of them ...
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Bowland Wild Boar Park

Nestling beside the River Hodder in a remote valley beneath the rugged ridgeline of the Bleasdale Fells, Bowland Wild Boar Park maintains a tradition dating back to the middle ages – along with a host of fun activities for the ...
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Coach and Horses

The Coach and Horses, a traditional coaching inn, set in the idyllic village of Bolton by Bowland in the heart of the Ribble Valley. Newly restored to it's original glory, this Grade II listed building comes with it's own micro ...
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Falcon Manor

In the heart of historic Settle, Falcon Manor is a glamorous restaurant, hotel and wedding venue that combines classic sophistication with contemporary chic. Our 16 boutique bedrooms are furnished to the highest standards with traditional touches and sumptuous styling, each ...

Goosnargh Gin

Richard and Rachel Trenchard were quietly building a widely admired brand of artisan gin, distilled and rooted in the landscapes of Bowland – and then the Hairy Bikers dropped in for a quick G&T… After developing an interest in handcrafted ...
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Shireburn Arms

Located in the picturesque village of Hurst Green, The Shireburn Arms is a 17th Century hostelry offering stunning views, beautiful accommodation and locally produced food. Original architectural features cosy, up to date contemporary fittings and fabrics to create a unique ...