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East Lancs restaurants are 'best in UK'
TWO East Lancashire businesses have been named in the top 50 best restaurants in the UK.
The Freemasons at Wiswell and the Hearth of the Ram in Ramsbottom will now appear in the Good Food Guide 2014.
It comes after The Swan With Two Necks in Pendleton was named as one of the top 16 pubs in the country by the Campaign For Real Ale.
It will now compete for the National Pub of the Year Award.
Steven Smith, of the Freemasons said: “As a born and bred Blackburn lad, I am extremely proud to be flying the flag for Lancashire, putting great food on the culinary map.
“My tremendous team and I aspire to produce menus that combine Wiswell’s country refinement, served with a twist of contemporary creativity, whilst preserving the strong Lancastrian roots of exceptionally hearty ‘feel good’ food.
“It is an amazing honour to be named with some of the finest chefs and distinguished restaurants in the country.
“Over the years, the region has increasingly gained gastro credibility with a number of fine dining restaurants.
“However, it was always my goal to create exceptional menus, whilst maintaining a slightly less formal feel in more comfortable surroundings.
“I am thrilled that our efforts have been rewarded and recognised within the Good Food Guide.”
The Hearth of the Ram, which dates back to the 1800s, specialises in food made with fine ingredients, ales and whiskies.
A spokeswoman for the restaurant said: “We are delighted to represent the north west in the 2014 Good Food Guide.
“Thank you to our customers and the guide for your continued support and to all our staff for their hard work and dedication.”
The Swan With Two Necks also won a CAMRA award in 2011 and has been run by Steve Dilworth with his wife Christine for 26 years.
The pub will fight for the national award later in the year.
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