London samples a taste of Lancashire's talent

Five of the finest Ribble Valley chefs attending the Lancashire Day lunch in London's Covent Garden. (s)
Five of the finest Ribble Valley chefs attending the Lancashire Day lunch in London's Covent Garden. (s)

The Ribble Valley’s top chefs headed to London to celebrate Lancashire Day in truly delicious style.

Five chefs, including Stosie Madi from The Parkers Arms, Maurizio Bocchi from La Locanda, Steven Smith from Freemason’s at Wiswell and Lisa Goodwin-Allen from Michelin starred Northcote prepared a five-course feast for top food writers, critics and industry insiders at the exclusive IceTank venue in Covent Garden.

Ruth Connor, Chief Executive of Marketing Lancashire said: “The Lancashire Day lunch was a triumph. Our aim is to position Lancashire at the forefront of culinary destinations nationwide and following this successful event our food and drink offering is now firmly on the map, with national journalists and influencers taking note. We couldn’t have been prouder of our chefs, working together to present course after course of the very best of Lancashire.”

The event, supported by Lancashire County Council and official travel partner Virgin Trains, was part of the county’s Lancashire Day celebrations which culminated on Lancashire Day, November 27th.

Maurizio Bocchi, Chef Patron at La Locanda in Gisburn, which is the highest rated Italian restaurant outside London, said: “As an adopted Lancastrian who tries to celebrate the Lancashire larder in every dish I produce, it was fantastic to be able to showcase this in London. I was very proud to be a part of such a game changing initiative.”

Stosie Madi, Chef Patron at the multi award-winning Parkers Arms said: “It was a spectacular showcase and a chance for some of the UK’s most respected critics and writers to try our food. I served a Cockerham Saltmarsh Lamb and Lytham Cockle Pie, and received some wonderful feedback – it was a very proud moment.”

Steven Smith, Chef Patron at The Freemasons at Wiswell, said; “There is an abundance of quality operators and producers in our region and it was fantastic to be able to package that offering up and deliver it to an esteemed audience in London. I’m very proud that The Freemasons was part of such a great event, which really showcased what we’re capable of and hopefully will drive and incentivise media to include Lancashire in their food, drink and travel features in the future.”

Jennifer Mein, County Councillor and Leader of Lancashire County Council said: “Lancashire’s food and drink sector is worth around £734 million to Lancashire’s visitor economy and the sector supports an estimated 12,937 food and drink related posts. Taking Lancashire to London will encourage more visitors to sample and appreciate the county’s rich larder.”

The unique meal included a coffee course from Lancaster’s oldest and most admired coffee importers Atkinson’s. The feast ended in true Lancashire style with a cheese board supplied by Dewlay and Mrs Kirkham’s, alongside handmade chutneys from Heritage Kitchen and biscuits from Farmhouse Biscuits.