Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Euxton Mills, Euxton, Chorley

After driving past this pub at least twice a week for years, we finally paid a visit for Sunday lunch and were pleasantly surprised.

A traditional pub serving mainly home cooked food. Ok so its a pub, but its not trying too hard to be a gastro pub like a lot of other local venues and then failing badly. We opted for the roast dinner two course option which was very reasonably priced, we have the choice of lamb, beef or salmon. I chose the beef , my hubby the Salmon, both arrived hot and well cooked and with plenty of freshly cooked vegetables which still tasted of vegetables. A good indication of home cooking is when you are served cabbage as vegetable.

Dessert was cheesecake and applie pie. The pub appeared to be popular with locals which is always a good sign.

Sunday, 7 October 2007

The Red Cat - Modern Relaxed Dining

This weekend we visited the RED CAT at Wheelton for lunch , despite being rather quiet when we arrived the welcome was warm and friendly and the experience just got better and better. The resturant has a relaxed semi formal atmosphere and the decor is tasteful but not trying too hard. We both opted for the set menu and we were not disappointed, the food was excellent , well presented and delicious. My husband was particularly impressed with the background music as it featured John Martyn, special mention must also go to the fantastic lemon sole I had. We will be back very soon.


We have just returned from our 4th visit to The Red Cat , this was for our lunchtime Christmas dinner outing. During the Christmas period the team at the Red cat have devised a stunning lunchtime menu which reflects the festive period but still gives a gourmet edge to the food. We choose from 4 starters, I enjoyed the Chicken liver parfait with fig chutney and toasted brioche, hubby opted for the split pea soup with chive creme fraiche. Both fantastic and well presented. On to the mains, braised beef , chive mash, roasted shallots, baby onions and bacon , thyme jus for Mr B, Turkey, sage dumpling, roasted roots and potato dauphnoise for me. Again excellent, especially the potato dauphnoise and the braised beef which both demonstrated the love and attention the kitchen had put in to the dishes. To follow Christmas pudding with the faieres ( I won't spoil the surprise), brandy butter, and white chocolate cheesecake, with cinnamon tuile, vanilla beignet and sherry syrup.

Stunning ! and for £18 per head fantastic value, a deserved award winner. Lancashire Life Casual dining venue 2007

Friday, 30 March 2007

Slice Of Sicily - Penworthham Italian Delicatessen

Two work colleagues and I paid a lunchtime visit to the cosy Italian deli in Penwortham. We each ordered something different of the menu of toasted ciabatta, soups and pasta. We all enjoyed the food and relaxed ambiance, we found it really difficult to go back to work after our lunch.

Slice of Sicily is a real Italian deli, run by a Sicilian family. The food is second to none, and many of the delicacies are made on the premises. The range also extends to ready meals and wine, and the shop has a few tables so you can sit in a have a coffee or light meal. A take-away service is also available.

Pay them a visit for a true taste experience.

Thursday, 29 March 2007

Hubbies Birthday - Lunch at Bullivants Deli

Today is my hubby’s birthday so we both had the day off work. We decided the occasion warranted a lunchtime visit to the new upstairs cafe @ Bullivants Deli in Chorley.

Lunch was the special house meat platter , a celebration of Italian and Spanish salami, meats and pate. Served with salad and bread on a stylish wooden platter. The wild boar pate was especially tasty. For a full menu, check out the Deli's Web page.

Talking to Mick during the meal, he informed us that the “upstairs” is open all week serving a full meal or just a cake and coffee. He also hoping to open on the occasional evenings during the week for theme nights and private parties such as birthdays, celebrations, etc. Another great idea he has come up with is to use the facility for afternoon business meetings. If you fancy a meeting with a meal give him a ring !!!!

Saturday, 20 January 2007

Chorley Market

In our quest for more local good food, we now regularly visit Chorley Market to buy a wide range of fresh foods.

The best butchers we have found locally is Brown’s, situated on the side of the permanent market stalls. Nominated as a Local Food Hero byUKTV Food and you can see why. You can get any meat from Brown’s, the staff are very helpful, friendly and know there stuff. Of special note are the Steak Puddings, Haggis and sausages.

Chorley is also very lucky in having one of the best cheese stall’s in all of Lancashire – Pats, (another Local Food Hero nominee) where you can get practically any cheese you want, but her selection of Lancashire cheese is second to none, from Leagrams’ soft baby Lancashire to Mrs Kirkhams , and everything between.

The market also has an excellent wet fish stall, Livesey Bros (almost opposite to Brown’s) and several good fruit and vegetable stalls.

Friday, 19 January 2007

Bullivant’s Delicatessen

After seeing an article in the Chorley Guardian for a new deli in Chorley, you can imagine our surprise when we discovered the new deli was owned by none other than one of my husband’s old friends – Mick Bullivant. Mick has recently returned to Chorley from travelling and working for many years across Europe.

The deli is a real coo for Chorley and stocks a wide range of continental delicacies, olives, cheese and the like. Bullivants also provide an interesting range of sandwiches and tortillas, served with fair trade teas and coffees to takeaway and soon to be served on the premises.
Bullivants can also supply your lunchtime buffet, the menu being way more interesting than the usual caterers choice, and for lazy or the discerning Bullivants can also cook for you at home, for that special dinner or celebration.

As Mike say's on one of his flyers
"We at Bullivants only believe in one thing, food satisfaction. We have gone to extreme lengths to source the best food from all over Italy, Spain, Sardinia and indeed England, for your enjoyment at home. We will show you our range of exciting foods and will be happy to try and stock food from other countries. So if we don't have it, tell us and we will, just for you"

So why not give a local lad a try:-

Bullivant’s Delicatessen,

47 Chapel Street, Chorley

Tel 012572 67360
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