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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Ribble Valley Food Festival in August.


Discover specialist independent food retailers, thriving markets and artisan producers on a foodie foray through this mouth-watering corner of England.


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


With livestock farming remaining an important aspect of the local economy, you’ll often find distinctive local produce with food miles in single figures in Bowland!

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