Food & Drink
We are the tastiest county
Although Lancashire is an industrial powerhouse, the area is characterized by its natural landscapes which give strength to a whole array of produce direct from farmland. With nine cheese producers and 23 microbreweries, Ashcroft’s Cauliflowers, Lancashire reared Goosnargh Chicken and Duck and Morecambe Bay Shrimps by Royal Warrant, to name just a few, Lancashire promotes a strong relationship between the land and food & drink. Lancashire produces one of only 12 British Protected Designation of Origin cheeses and much of Lancashire’s produce can be found on display at the Borough Market in London.
An abundance of award winning and well-reviewed restaurants, pubs and coffee shops support Lancashire’s food and drink strengths through superb hospitality including the Michelin starred Northcote, the Inn at Whitewell which is frequented regularly by the Queen, as the Duchy of Lancaster, and the Freemasons which is the highest ranked and only pub to feature in the Good Food Guide for three years running.
Around 12,000 people are employed specifically in food & drink manufacturing activities in Lancashire, representing 2.0% of employees compared to the national average of 1.3% for Great Britain.
The whole food & drink industry supply chain is represented in Lancashire, from raw materials, meat processors, dairies and logistics.