The Longridge Restaurant
104-106 Higher Road, Longridge, PR3 3SYThis is where the renowned chef-restaurateur Paul Heathcote made his name, since when his restaurant empire has spread across the North of England. After being awarded the coveted AA Three Rosettes rating again, The Longridge has moved to a different league altogether and is described as 'one of the best in the world'. This top accolade follows an excellent review in the Good Food Guide and Heathcote's decision to take the restaurant off the property market and work closely with Head Chef and Gordon Ramsay scholarship award winner Chris Bell and his wife, Kath who is also the General Manager. The décor calls on creams, greys and blacks skilfully blended in to what started life as a 19th century cottage.
This is where the renowned chef-restaurateur Paul Heathcote made his name, since when his restaurant empire has spread across the North of England. After being awarded the coveted AA Three Rosettes rating again, The Longridge has moved to a different league altogether and is described as 'one of the best in the world'. This top accolade follows an excellent review in the Good Food Guide and Heathcote's decision to take the restaurant off the property market and work closely with Head Chef and Gordon Ramsay scholarship award winner Chris Bell and his wife, Kath who is also the General Manager.
The décor calls on creams, greys and blacks skilfully blended in to what started life as a 19th century cottage. A private dining room seating 14 increases the versatility of what has always been a forward looking range of events and happenings in this attractive restaurant. The ability to spread the word has been enhanced by the addition of a cookery school, created by designer Karen Brierley.
Much of Chris's food has an earthy base to it, using local products like excellent black pudding, but is then elevated either by being served in interesting combinations or by the sheer flavour and technical expertise deployed. Puddings have always been praised, with one of the finest bread and butter puddings in the country, served spoilingly with a compote of apricots and clotted cream.
Menus at any Heathcote restaurant, whilst exploring interesting backwaters, and keeping faith with British cuisine, could be expected to offer a duck terrine with rare wood pigeon, seared Scottish scallops with roasted foie gras, and ham hock and Lancashire cheese hash brown. A risotto of pea and mint, Cumbrian ham and slow cooked duck egg makes a real treat of a starter, but even simple dishes such as salmon gravadlax are given new meaning with marinated cucumber, ratte potatoes, warm shrimps and cress.
Bowland beef enjoys a reputation that appeals to the increasingly concerned and steadily growing minority who like the ingredients used in creation of their dishes to have a credible background. Here a roast fillet is served as a main course with fondant potato, creamed and roast parsnips, Savoy cabbage, green peppercorn and thyme. Pan roasted sea bass with creamed cauliflower, spinach, new potatoes, shrimps and parsley is also worth every penny.
Leaving on one side the renowned bread and butter pudding, the sheer artistry of coffee and bay leaf crème brûlée with white chocolate sorbet and peppercorn meringues is hard to ignore. Don't even try!
Those seeking value will find the lunch menu an attractive proposition, competitively priced and offering the sort of selection more commonly associated with a top notch à la carte.
The wine list is superb, but very little dips beneath the £20 mark. Console yourself with the thought that food of this quality should not be associated with anything less.
For more information, including their latest menus and details on any special offers, do visit their Website. The menu changes seasonally - three times a year - for Spring in February, Summer in June for and October for Autumn/Winter.
: 12:00 - 14:30 18:30 - 22:00
: 12:00 - 20:30
Reservations: 0844 567 2314
104-106 Higher Road, Longridge, PR3 3SY [Map]
£14.50 (2 courses) to £19 (3 courses), Wed - Sat, £22 (4 courses), Sun
£25 (3 courses and half bottle of wine), Wed - Fri, pre 6 pm, Sat, pre 7 pm
(Avg Price is the average cost per person for two courses, coffee, half a bottle of house wine and tip/service)
REVIEWS OF The Longridge Restaurant
Andy (5 January 2009)
Our visit to The Longridge Restaurant was excellent; the food really does have the wow factor. The Lancashire cheese fritter and pumpkin soup was really unique and the use of local, seasonal produces exceptional. I would recommend the trio of desserts for the indecisive; pure heaven. It's not an everyday type of place, but is value for money when you experience both the food and service. The restaurant now looks more contemporary and stylish, but still retains that warm, welcoming atmosphere and delicious smell of food as soon as you walk through the front door.
Thomas (8 November 2008)
I dined at this restaurant on Friday evening as a birthday celebration, and it was undoubtedly the best dining experience I have had for some time. We were made to feel special, and the manager Adam and his team were so friendly and professional. Everything just seemed to be right from the moment we arrived to the time we left. The food was delicious and in particular the venison was the best I have ever tasted. The chocolate brownie is a must. The chocolate birthday plate was well received and was a nice touch to finish the meal. All in all it was a memorable night; well done.
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More Info for The Longridge Restaurant
- Children welcome
- Air condition
- Groups allowed
- Outside seating
- Cover charge
Not included, 10% for 8 or more
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