Whilst known for its notable norman castle and thriving cement, asphalt and animal feed works, Clitheroe has so much more to offer, especially when it comes to food and drink.
Not only has the town made numerous spots on the UK’s top 50 gastropubs list, but their renowned Clitheroe Food Festival is now one of the most successful foodie events in the North West. Nestled in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland, one of England’s 36 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Clitheroe has so much to offer; from stunning views to great grub.
Below are five of our top five foodie picks in Clitheroe. If you visit Holgates Ribble Valley Holiday Park, or Clitheroe and the surrounding areas, make sure to visit one, if not more! You won’t be disappointed and you’ll see why one or more has gone on to receive praise, awards and accreditations!
Consisting of a food hall, beer hall, bistro, bar, grill and hotel, this unique venue literally has everything you could need. They pride themselves on being a celebration of Lancashire food, drink and entertainment and are housed in a former textile mill, which is simply stunning.
The Bistro, Bar & Grill has an art nouveau-inspired decor and an irresistibly stylish menu to match. The choice of food reflects the very best of British seafood and grilled meats which is bound to provide a memorable dining experience. Not only is their food menu amazing, but they also have 2-4-1 cocktails regularly in their Bistro cocktail club. Check out their (several) menus here.
In the Boiler House, you will discover the Bowland Beer Hall, Bowland Brewery, The Emporium and the Gelateria. Here you can sample some of the finest local beers, browse and purchase the latest interior design trends and finish it all off with some scrumptious gelato.
Lastly, in The Weaving Shed, you will stumble upon a quaint cafe beside the Bowland Food Hall. Why not enjoy a slice of homemade cake, a locally brewed coffee and a natter, or perhaps use your time here to pick up some local cheeses, wines, gins and snacks for later! You can see all their local suppliers for the food hall here.
To top it all off, they regularly hold events to live music, comedy and more.
They are passionate about their food and drink and their love for local, which is why everything they sell is produced in Bowland and throughout Lancashire. You won’t even need to take a bite or a sip to feel the energy and passion behind the food and this entire venue. A must-visit.
The Emporium Brasserie
Situated in the bustling heart of the town, The Emporium is a part of the James’ Place collection, connected to Holmes Mill – and is equally as amazing. An eclectic mix of style, design and dining, this former chapel is unique, memorable and elegant. Whether you are seeking a lavish afternoon in the wine bar or a chilled out morning in the coffee shop, there is something for everyone.
The Emporium Coffee shop occupies the ground floor and is the ideal location to grab a quick latte or stay and relax with something sweet. You and friends could hang around for lunch, which includes soups, salads, stone-baked pizza, cheese boards and more. For an extra hint of sophistication and character, this is a fabulous spot.
The Brasserie originally began as a small cafe over 20 years ago and now has gone on to be a more sophisticated dining experience in the area. Guests have so many irresistible options on the menu ranging from tapas-style boards to pizza to a full a la carte menu. Whatever the occasion, the relaxed dining vibe caters for everything, even providing vegan, gluten-free and a children’s menu. From Sunday to Friday, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, be sure to check out their ‘Beat the Clock Pizza offer, where the time you order is the price of the pizza!
If you are just looking for relaxed drinks with friends or family, they also have the Emporium Wine bar – one of the essential destinations on the town centre social circuit.
Click here to check out their website here you will find their latest offers, alongside menus and information about their popular pizza parties!
Based inside the walls of Clitheroe Castle, this stupendous spot doesn’t just provide a backdrop of dreams, but an irresistible menu. Everything their team purchase is only from the best local suppliers, with much of their produce being handmade on-site. The only thing made off-site is the bread which is produced by a high-quality bakery supplier.
If you are looking for a warm welcome, a friendly atmosphere and heart-warming, hearty food, The Atrium is a great choice. Whether you are seeking a light lunch, coffee and cake or an afternoon tea, this is a real gem in Clitheroe which is for any event or occasion.
The historic setting is enough to make anyone stop here, however, the interior of the cafe is also airy and spacious with large windows, letting in that countryside scenery.
A different spot in comparison to Holmes Mill or The Emporium, but a perfect choice for a more laid back afternoon vibe.
Freemasons at Wiswell
Bursting with awards and accolades, Freemasons at Wiswell is a slice of pure country refinement. With a unique twist of contemporary creativity and flair, their team aims to provide a ‘gastronomic experience’ set amongst a relaxed and stylish atmosphere. They want you to feel as relaxed as you are in your front room.
They have been named in Hardens Top Sunday Roasts across the entire UK as well as receiving positions in The Good Food Guide, the Top 50 Gastropubs and receiving awards upon awards.
They underwent a drastic transformation in 2009 to bring their vision of relaxation, elegance and style to life. Now, think flagstone floors, antique rugs and furniture, period paintings and the ultimate chic decor. Alongside an amazing interior, they have over 250 wines from all around the world to choose from, ales from award-winning local breweries and a menu like no other.
While of course, the surroundings, drink and interior are a great reason to visit, the food is the main reason. Steven Smith has created a unique and diverse menu which shouts seasonal, progressive, passionate and simply delicious. For those wanting to experience the food to the fullest, it is said you should try the Tasting Menu. Click here to view their various menus and book a table!
Located just a short walk from Clitheroe Castle, the chip shop is the ideal option for couples, families, or group of friends that want to walk, explore and eat. Sometimes, a sit-down meal isn’t on the cards; classic fish and chips and a stroll in the stunning area of beauty is sometimes just what you need.
The reviews on Tripadvisor speak for themselves. Friendly staff, great prices, worth the visit, tasty and much more. You can either grab a small table and sit in, sit outside or take out. After a long walk in Gisburn Forest and a rumbling tummy, fish and chips are just what the doctor ordered!
These are just five of the many amazing food and drink establishments in Clitheroe. Be sure to check out the Visit Lancashire’s page here for more, or simply pop to TripAdvisor to see all 110 places ranked!
Whatever you do and wherever you visit, be prepared for fantastic local produce and spectacular locally brewed and produced beverages – just one of the many wonders of the Ribble Valley.