The Courier recently reported on the reopening of The Horns Inn in Churchtown. Here’s a taste of things to come.
What do Prince Charles, Jerry Springer and The Spice Girls have in common?
They are just a few of the celebrities to have sampled the culinary delights of chef John Noon, who has been awarded a coveted Michelin star.
John, together with partner Jeni Perrin, have reopened The Horns Inn in Churchtown after a £370,000 refurbishment.
At a reception on Thursday evening they welcomed renowned local food suppliers including Pugh’s Piglets, whose work is on the menu of some of the UK’s best restaurants, Johnson & Swarbrick, whose Goosnargh ducks are favoured by Michel Roux, and Dewlays cheeses, who have been making award-winning cheese for nearly 60 years.
Guest of honour Nick Kenyon, a third generation owner of Dewlays Cheeses, of Garstang, performed the official opening ceremony.
The pub, on The Avenue, is now open to the public after being closed for two years.
The £370,000 refurbishment has resulted in the creation of 20 jobs, ranging from bar and waiting staff to chefs.
John said he was committed to making sure the restaurant was a ‘showcase’ for local producers, of which there are many of note.
He said: “Creating exciting food is my passion and something I love to share with customers.
“I’ve worked at some of the best restaurants in the UK and used some of Lancashire’s finest produce along the way.
“To create the top quality dishes you need the very best ingredients.
“We’re fortunate that in Lancashire they’re here on our doorstep.
“So it is only right and fitting to recognise the provenance of the food we eat and to thank the producers whose hard work goes into making our dishes so special”