A Ribble Valley brewed beer was one of three winners at the Fine Food Awards this year for top Food North West Gold Heart. Brewed at Bashall Eaves, Admiral of the Blues, from the Bowland Beer Company, shared top spot with a Lancashire Hotpot Patsy by Lancashire Pasty in Blackburn and a Vegan Mud Pie by Fantasy Cupcakes from Rawtenstall.
Headless Peg and Cromwell Stout, two other Bowland Beers also won Food NW Heart Awards at the event, where Nigel Haworth announced the winners, the chef patron of Northcote and a regular appearing on many TV cookery shows.
The best fine foods throughout the region are recognized by the awards that are organized by Food NW and include from cakes, chutneys and cheeses, to bread, bacon and butter. The awards for this year saw close to 400 products with over 132 companies entering from Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cumbria and Merseyside. They were then reduced to just three winners for Gold Heart and 106 winners for Heart Awards.
In 2003 the Bowland Beer Company Ltd came to life when Richard Baker the founder finished working in the Falkland Island and came back to fulfill a dream of opening a microbrewery and producing artisan beer.
His friends had just completed a farm shop in Bashall and were looking for tenants the rest as they say is history. Having lived everywhere in the country with the exception of the Northwest he was keen to be successful and now, he is not only successful but has an award winning business and has made his home in Lancashire.