With some of the best foraging areas in the entire country on the doorstep, it is no wonder that Ribble Valley is often referred to as 'the food capital of the North'. Unsurprisingly, this abundance of quality produce has led to some truly excellent eating establishments popping up all over the area. The Ribble Valley Food Trail was created to try and join some of these establishments together in a route which people could follow, which we think is a great idea. We wanted to create a guide for anyone looking to follow this trail in 2022, let's get into it:
How do you follow this Trail?
There have been a number of iterations of the trail over the years, and the most recent version of the trail we could find included 34 different establishments, but sadly a handful of the establishments have now closed. However, you've still got more than 20 locations to visit.
The Ribble Valley covers more than 300 square miles (most of which is in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) but many of the establishments found in this trail are based in the two market towns, Clitheroe and Longridge. So if you don't feel like heading to every single location included in the trail, heading to one of the market towns to visit a few of them might be a good idea.
Let's look at every establishment along the trail in closer detail:
Stanley House Hotel & Spa, Mellor
Mrs Dowson's Ice Cream, Clayton-le-Dale
Food By Breda Murphy, Whalley
The Three Fishes, Whalley
Cowman's Famous Sausage Shop
Mansell's Coffee Shop
D. Byrne & Co
Ferguson's Deli (Clitheroe)
Savoury and sweet pies are served up here, all made using traditional recipes. Learn more here - https://www.facebook.com/Fergusonsdeli/