Where are the best real ale pubs in Lancashire?

Online readers have submitted suggestions for the best real ale pubs in the area.

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Tracy Chevalier and Anna Stephenson as Charlotte on the packhorse bridge (s)

New film charts Brontës’ links with Lancashire

A new short film spotlighting Lancashire’s little known Brontë connections has been released.

Mystery Tea House, Preston

Lancashire recommends... specialist food cafes

People with dietary requirements, such as vegan, gluten-free or vegetarian, often struggle where to eat. Here is a list of specialist health food cafes...
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Trawden Brownies help out at HAPPA by posting 1,000 newsletters to members and supporters (s)

Charitable Brownies are busy bees

The 1st Trawden Brownies offered a helping hand to a local charity by carrying out the massive task of posting over 1,000 newsletters to members and supporters.

CAMRA's Dave Oughtibridge presents the award at Foulridge Social Club (s)

A Pendle first in CAMRA’s annual pub and club awards

Pendle’s CAMRA branch has announced its pub and club of the year at an annual awards night.

From left to right are residents Shirley Keene, Jean Brelsford and Jean Duff. (s)

Good mental health starts with ‘Tea and Talk’

Brierfield Action in the Community (BAIC) know that silence can be a shroud for those dealing with mental health issues - and that reaching out to others can save lives.

(From l-r) General manager Damien Brierley, with Seafood Pub Company executive chef Antony Shirley, managing director Joycelyn Neve and business development manager Tom Wilkinson (s)

Bubbles flow at Alma menu launch evening

Family, friends, customers and local businesses were thrilled to be one of the first to sample the new menu and surroundings at a Laneshaw Bridge pub.

John Lannon receives his trophy from Anne Wolfenden of LBS (s)

John claims repeat allotment win

John Lannon claimed a repeat win when the Colne Town Council 2016 Allotment Awards were staged.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Pendle Coun. Rosemary Carroll and Carol Belshaw-Goulthorp present Pendle Three Peaks certificates to (from left) Rodney Rostron, Sue Marshall, Chris Marshall and Brenda Fullard along with Max Burke (7) and Holly Burke (4) from the Pendle Walking Festival Kids Club (s)

Walking festival proves successful

The annual Pendle Walking Festival attracted thousands of walkers to the area.

Catherine's Palace St. Petersburg - Russia

Travel review: Best of both worlds

We had almost decided on a city holiday to Sweden and Denmark when we saw a Fred Olsen cruise which included those 2 countries, plus the bonus of Baltic Sea countries Estonia, Latvia and Russia - with St Petersburg as the highlight. The itinerary immediately appealed, and with the help and knowledge from the tour staff, we booked a series of excursions well within our budget, proving to be an invaluable decision.
Some people ‘genetically programmed’ to crave fatty foods over sugary snacks

Some people ‘genetically programmed’ to crave fatty foods over sugary snacks

You really are what you eat, according to scientists, who have discovered the gene that determines if you like chicken korma or Eton mess.

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Burnley Chess Club members at their new home who are (from left to right) Brian Smith, Rob Tokeley, Martyn Hamer, Peter Dickinson, David Innes,  Jim Hollingworth, Andrew Clarkson and Steve Horrocks.

Chess club makes right move to new home

Chess players have made a smart move to their former home after almost two decades away.
Carlisle Castle. Photo courtesy of English Heritage

Travel review: The Lake District

It is amazing how dismissive young children can be of nostalgia. Mention old-fashioned stories and jobs of yester-year and the response (in our household anyway!) is usually – BORING!
Anderton's Butchers, Longridge

Lancashire recommends... great butchers

Following an online vote, readers picked these as the six best butchers
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Nelson's Rigby Street Lidl store is set to undergo a regeneration.

Nelson's Lidl store set to undergo regeneration

The Lidl store on Rigby Street will undergo a regeneration process as part of the company’s plan to invest in the community.
Batch Brew director Phil Whitwell, head distiller Emma and Burnley Council Executive member Sue Graham (s)

Batch proving just the tonic

Spirits are higher than ever at a Burnley based micro gin distillery with news that production is set to increase fivefold.

Judges Geoff Crambie, John Cummings and David Higson pose with Gillian Herbert, Ethel Bailey, Claire Conboy and Olyen Lund.

Writing group awards its winning wordsmiths

Colne and District Writers’ Circle celebrated the imaginative powers of its members during its annual writing competition.


Which are the best butchers shops in Lancashire?

Can you help us decide where to go for the finest fresh meats?
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Smackwater Jacks (s)

Indie nights are back

Glamorous indie rock ‘n’ roll is back at Smacks.

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Allan Blackburn, owner of GB Antiques in Lancaster

Lancashire recommends....Antique shops

Here is a list of places to get your valuable treasures.

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