Whalley restaurant in Times top 10

Breda Murphy with her chef
Breda Murphy with her chef

An award-winning Whalley restaurant is flying the flag for the Ribble Valley after being named seventh in The Times’ Top 10 best secret places to eat in the UK.

Food by Breda Murphy was described “a local food champion” and “genuinely friendly” by the reviewer.

Situated in Whalley, the eating establishment is one of the Ribble Valley’s hidden gems of great cuisine.

Since opening in 2006, the popular deli and restaurant has attracted reams of praise and awards for its continually changing selection of excellent food, all of which is cooked on the premises by owner Breda Murphy and her head chef, Gareth Bevan.

Speaking about her latest
achievement, Breda said: “We are absolutely delighted.
 We were informed that the deli had made in the top seven places to eat in the UK and were thrilled at the news. Since the review has appeared in The Times, we have had dozens of new customers from far and wide wanting to dine here.

“I would like to pay tribute to Gareth, who is not only loyal and extremely devoted to his profession, but is creative too.

“We have a great working relationship and understanding of food.

“Gareth has turned my traditional recipes into contemporary dishes which all the customers seem to be enjoying.”

Breda is no stranger to winning awards for her excellent food. She has been featured in the Michelin Guide, the Good Food Guide and the Hardens Guide.

In August 2012, the Good Food Guide announced that Food by Breda Murphy was the best café in the UK.