Bowland Food Hall at Holmes Mill.

 On Friday we bobbed over the road for lunch ,to the  recently opened Bowland Food Hall in Holmes Mill , a popular new eating, drinking & leisure destination, in my home town of Clitheroe.  The mill is already home to Britain’s longest continuous bar, in its spacious Beer Hall , an attractive cafe , gelateria and  of course the Bowland Brewery.  Also set to open in the next few months are the Spinning Block Hotel, Bar & Grill  and The Weaving Shed Gym, Pool & Spa.  Phew!  Thats alot to take in !

Bowland Food Hall is on a mission , to showcase the best of Bowland and Lancashire’s  local produce. It’s a great space to wander round and ooooh and ahh at all the lovely goodies.  There’s honey from Stonyhurst, cheese from Garstang, pies from Chatburn, meringues from Whalley, Bowland brewed ales,  cordials from Rawtenstall etc etc etc. Of course it’s not only Lancs that gets a look in, but the emphasis is firmly on locally sorced food and drink. πŸ§€πŸ 

We did buy ourselves a few treats!  A wedge of Nicky Nook Blue Cheese, A Lancashire Cheese Bomb and a small bottle of Whinberry Gin, also handcrafted in Lancashire. And not to forget Hugo! He has a packet of  homebaked biscuits from Millie & Ruby’s Bakery for Dogs . πŸ™‚  We are currently holidaying in The Lakes and are all  enjoying our purchases , immensely!  Reminding us of home. πŸ™‚

So what is the dining experience like in the Food Hall?  I think Holmes Mill have got the right idea, in keeping things simple.   Bowland Boards are the order of the day. Β£8.50 for a Cheese Board,  Fish Board , Meat Board,  Vegetarian Board or Lancashire Board. Food is prepared in front of you , whilst you enjoy a coffee, tea, soft drink or maybe a glass or two of wine.  You are seated round a raised slate top counter  and the service is friendly and efficient. Wil is a big cheese fan and loved his cheese platter, all the cheeses are produced in where else, but Lancashire. πŸ˜‰ . My Lancashire Board contained Roy Porters Pork Pie, Heritage Piccalilli,  Lancashire Cheese Quiche and Lancashire Crisps.  Mmmmmm delicious!   If you have enough room for dessert, the patisserie menu looks very tempting too. 

Picture credit ~ Workhouse Creative Marketing.  Holmes Mill Layout.

Bowland Food Hall is definitely worth a visit, to pick up a few treats or  just indulge in a Lancashire Lunch fix. 

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13 thoughts on “Bowland Food Hall at Holmes Mill.”

  1. Lovely write-up and deliciously tempting photos. Definitely one to visit when we take a break in Dunsop Bridge next month. Clitheroe will be THE place to shop, wine and dine. Any other foody recommendations Shazza?

    1. Thanks Bea. How fab that you are staying in Dunsop which is a lovely place. There is a cute tea room called Puddleducks , they have info on local walks there too and a gift shop. There are so many lovely country pubs in The Ribble Valley. Waddington has some really good ones and all serve great food. Clitheroe has Bowland Beer Hall and Food Hall and other nice places to eat include The Emporium , which isn’t far away. If you like Greek food Brizola in the Swan Courtyard in Clitheroe is good honest food. Clitheroe has a few nice foodie shops in the town centre too such as Cowmans Famous Sausage Shop and The Chocolate Box. Escape is a nice coffee and cocktail bar , which I rather like. I would say most of the local villages to Clitheroe have really nice foodie pubs. Your spoilt for choice!

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