A memorable weekend: Success at the BIBAs and The Lancashire Country and Game Festival


The weekend just passed has been a remarkable affair for everyone involved here at The Cartford Inn. It began on Friday night with winning 'Leisure Business of The Year' at arguably the region's most prestigious and vigorously judged business awards, the 'BIBAs'. On both Saturday and Sunday we hosted the 'Theatre of Food' at the inaugural Lancashire Game and Country Festival, which proved to be an unreserved hit by all accounts.

Friday night was the most anticipated awards ceremony of the year: The BIBAs. The sparkling event was hosted by actress Stephanie Beacham at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool. These long established business awards are organised by the North and West Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and recognise outstanding businesses of all sizes and across all industries from all over the county. The rigorous judging criteria, along with the illustrious BIBAs brand means that the awards have achieved a particularly coveted status.

We were delighted to be in the finals of two categories: Leisure Business of The Year and Medium Business of The Year. Given the outstanding calibre of finalists in each category, although we were hopeful, we certainly weren't expectant of success.

But it came to announcing the Leisure Business of The Year, the finalists were listed and as we waited with bated breath for the winner to be revealed, The Cartford Inn was the name that was read from the card! Naturally we were completely elated as we went up to collect our golden statuette. The rest of the evening was fittingly revelrous and the spirit of the night carried over to the weekend.

On both Saturday and Sunday we were one of the main exhibitors at the first Lancashire Game and Country Festival at Scorton along with our butchers Honeywell's. This impressively well organised festival celebrated the shooting and rural culture of Lancashire.

Focussing on local game and country customs, this brand-new event featured gun dog shows, shooting exhibitions, dressage, falconry and fishing. Food and drink also featured prominently and there were lots of regional producers showcasing in the food hall along with stalls selling hot and cold food.

In collaboration with Honeywell’s we were excited to produce the festival’s ‘Food Theatre’, where both ourselves and Honeywell’s demonstrated how best to prepare and cook locally shot game. Chris and Patrick demonstrated three recipes: A pigeon salad with black pudding, beetroot and a pancetta and pickled shallot dressing; Loin of wild Scottish mountain hare with fresh pappardelle and a wild mushroom velouté with Lillet and traditional hand-raised water crust game pies. Recipes for which are attached below.

Next door we created a pop-up bar with suitable fare for the festival including venison stew and our hand-raised game pies that could be enjoyed with a pint of Giddy Kipper or oysters could be washed down with a glass of with Prosseco.

Traditional hand-raised hot water crust game pies.

A pigeon salad with black pudding, beetroot and a pancetta and pickled shallot dressing

Check here later for other recipe.