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The Sparrowhawk in Fence, is the final venue in Marketing Lancashire’s Taste Lancashire Produce spring/summer dining programme, and offers a truly traditional Lancashire menu for diners on Wednesday 11 July 2012.

Marketing Lancashire’s Taste Lancashire Produce dining events, in partnership with some of the county’s finest restaurants, help demonstrate the abundance of superb produce available across Lancashire and the creativity and talent of local chefs. Diners enjoy a locally sourced, three course meal for £20 and get to meet and hear from one of the rural producers who has contributed to the special Taste Lancashire menu. 

To win the privilege of cooking for this Taste Lancashire Produce programme, The Sparrowhawk embarked on an internal competition to offer each of its chefs the chance to create a menu that would be a showcase for some of Lancashire’s finest produce.

Beating off his two opponents, the winner of the Sparrowhawk’s competition was 18 years old Luke Payne, from Nelson. Luke joined the Sparrowhawk team two years ago, whilst working towards a Modern Apprenticeship with Nelson & Colne Catering College, and is now working towards his Level 3 in Professional Cookery. He has been working as Junior Chef de Partie since completing his apprenticeship and this menu demonstrates his real enthusiasm for cooking and the inspiration he derives from good, fresh, local ingredients.

Chris Wrathall, Head Chef at the Sparrowhawk said “We are thrilled to host Marketing Lancashire’s Taste Lancashire Produce Evening, and very proud to see Luke in the spotlight.

“Luke’s menu shows his love of Lancastrian favourites, especially his passion for desserts, and it also shows he is not afraid to try and improve even established classic dishes.” 

The guest producer attending Luke’s Taste Lancashire Produce evening will be Leagram’s Organic Dairy of Chipping, whose Lancashire cheeses feature on the menu. 

Luke’s menu follows :


Leagram’s Lancashire Foot Pasty with Homemade Sweet & Spicy Pickle

 Grilled Smoked Haddock with Lancashire Cheese Rarebit,

Plum Tomato & Rocket Salad


 Locally Sourced Rump of Lamb, Rosemary Hash Brown,

Minted Pea Puree & Rich Balsamic Jus

 Traditional Rag Pudding with Homemade Mushy Peas,

Pickled Red Cabbage, Buttery Mashed Potatoes & Rich Ale Gravy


 Rhubarb & Custard Crème Brûlée with Homemade Ginger Bread Biscuits

 Lightly Spiced Apple Pie with Lancashire Cheese Ice Cream

To book a table for The Sparrowhawk’s Taste Lancashire Produce evening on Wednesday July 11th 2012 call 01282 603034.  Early booking is advised. £20 per head.

As part of a programme of activity to raise the profile of Lancashire produce, Marketing Lancashire has developed and has promoted a series of these Taste Lancashire Produce evenings. The restaurants and producers benefit directly from the income generated by consumers attending these events and through the creation, sourcing and celebration of these special Lancashire menus.  

The marketing of this event forms part of the Food Connect programme, for which Marketing Lancashire has secured funding from Defra’s Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).  The funding is to support food tourism activities, which includes the marketing of events which bring together suppliers, chefs, restaurateurs and customers, to demonstrate the breadth of local food on offer in Lancashire and the skills that can create exciting and ‘mouth watering’ dishes.

Details of the autumn/winter Taste Lancashire Produce events programme will be announced at the end of the summer.  For more information about other Taste Lancashire events go to


Media enquiries: Anna Izza, Communications Manager, Marketing Lancashire

on 01772 426459  or [email protected]

Notes to Editors

1. Marketing Lancashire is the new name for Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board (from 1st April 2012)

Our activities in marketing and communications, commercial membership, `Welcome to Excellence` training and place marketing are all designed to grow the visitor economy and develop the destination as a great place to visit, live and work.

In 2010 the Lancashire attracted 60 million visitors who contributed £3.25 billion to the local economy and helped support 55,227 jobs. 

2. Taste Lancashire is funded by Defra’s Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).  A priority for the RDPE is encouraging collaboration between food and tourism businesses, for the wider economic benefits that can be achieved, including employment opportunities.

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