40 miles of unforgettable food

As part of my job, I recently had to spend a morning by a beautiful canal, tasting local food, cooked up by a chef/comedian – someone’s got to do it!

The occasion was the launch at Owd Nells, Guys Thatched Hamlet of a new joint campaign by British Waterways and the Tourist Board to promote places to eat in the Taste Lancashire quality scheme along and near the Lancaster Canal.

I feel I have to get the mention of the weather out of the way first, as, like it or not, it can make such a difference to an outdoor occasion like this, but in the midst of an otherwise pretty wet week, we were lucky to get one of the few fine days.

Phillipa James Cookery Demonstration

Phillipa James Cookery Demonstration

The main event was the cookery demonstrations from local chef and food advocate, Philippa James, who cooked up some bite size treats using mainly ingredients from food producers close to this beautiful 40 mile stretch of water. I won’t list every single item as your computer keyboard would be wet with drool, but here’s a flavour: Lancashire tortilla with Dewlay’s crumbly Lancashire cheese, mini butterfly cakes with Pennine Way Preserves Lemon Cheese, Gracemire Lamb with rosemary, Lancashire honey and garlic and my personal favourite, Port of Lancaster Smokehouse smoked mackerel pate mini melbas with a splash of vodka! The coffee on arrival was provided by J Atkinsons and Co from Lancaster. Guests also went away with goodie bags filled with local produce as well as a copy of the canal-shaped leaflet, 90,000 of which have been printed and delivered to households in the area.

As well as celebrating a great partnership between British Waterways and the Tourist Board, the launch itself turned out to be a great team-building event. A catalogue of life’s ill-timed inconveniences had resulted in our master chef running slightly behind schedule so everyone pitched in. Even our own Mike Wilkinson went from Chief Executive to Chef Executive in a morning, as Philippa called in his assistance to pour on cream and zest lemons!

Almost all of the 15 places listed are offering 20% off a meal until end of November, all you need to do is download your voucher from tastelancashire.com and most importantly…………



Barbara Howorth

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