Two East Lancs restaurants in Good Food Guide’s leading 50 eateries

Nigel Haworth and Craig Bancroft, co-owner partners of Northcote

Steven Smith of The Freemasons

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TWO East Lancashire restaurants have been named among the top 50 in the country.

The Freemasons at Wiswell was ranked 41st in the Good Food Guide’s Top 50 Restaurants, and Northcote in Langho came in 49th.

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The ranking came after The Freemasons received a coveted seven out of 10 score, and Northcote a six.

The Good Food Guide is the UK’s bestselling restaurant guide.

The guide, which was launched in 1951, reviews restaurants, pubs and cafés, while providing a guide of the best places to eat out around the country.

The guide also announced its first top 50 pubs list for the first time, with The Freemasons top.

The Duke of York Inn in Grindleton also made the list of best pubs at 45.

Steven Smith, patron of The Freemasons said: “Words can’t explain how proud we are to be the first pub to achieve a seven out of 10 in The Good Food Guide.

“We’re a little pub in the Ribble Valley that wants to offer its customers a gastronomic experience second to none and we believe that this achievement proves we’re doing that in spades.

“Our ambition is to keep moving up the rankings, and so far, that’s happened every year.

“We’re seeing customers travel from afar to visit us and there’s no greater feeling than knowing you’ve made their visit worthwhile.”

Nigel Howarth, chef and patron of Northcote, said: “Great to have been included in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2014/2015.”

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11:09am Thu 28 Aug 14

woolywords says...

With all this regeneration work going on to improve Blackburn, would BwD council consider funding a good food guide for the town centre?
Would be nice to know what's hot or not, in many eateries that we have, especially if you include takeaway and delivered food.
Not to mention that it will give us a chance to get all the bugs out, so to speak, before the new hotel opens.
With all this regeneration work going on to improve Blackburn, would BwD council consider funding a good food guide for the town centre? Would be nice to know what's hot or not, in many eateries that we have, especially if you include takeaway and delivered food. Not to mention that it will give us a chance to get all the bugs out, so to speak, before the new hotel opens. woolywords
  • Score: 7

4:11pm Thu 28 Aug 14

ijg4445 says...

Presume the guide will be full of kebab shops & fast food outlets. That's the only kind of food Blackburn town centre can & will attract
Presume the guide will be full of kebab shops & fast food outlets. That's the only kind of food Blackburn town centre can & will attract ijg4445
  • Score: 0

8:17pm Thu 28 Aug 14

woolywords says...

ijg4445 wrote:
Presume the guide will be full of kebab shops & fast food outlets. That's the only kind of food Blackburn town centre can & will attract
Have you tried Frankie 'n' Benny's?
5 minute walk or drive from the hotel, with lots of parking spaces.
I'll even gift you the menu..
http://www.frankiean
dbennys.com/menu/mai
n
Those prices reflect the quality of the food.
Only had the Arrabbiata with chicken, 6 times, so there will be some left.
[quote][p][bold]ijg4445[/bold] wrote: Presume the guide will be full of kebab shops & fast food outlets. That's the only kind of food Blackburn town centre can & will attract[/p][/quote]Have you tried Frankie 'n' Benny's? 5 minute walk or drive from the hotel, with lots of parking spaces. I'll even gift you the menu.. http://www.frankiean dbennys.com/menu/mai n Those prices reflect the quality of the food. Only had the Arrabbiata with chicken, 6 times, so there will be some left. woolywords
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