THE PLATE, in a very small idyll known, funnily enough also as Backridge! 'The Plate' has its own barn conversion in amongst a few farm buildings that have been also converted into shops/studios and the like.
Backridge Farm is not a big affair but pleasant for a wander around and to look at the rabbits, llamas, geese (there are a couple of small play areas for children) and to gaze at the rolling Lancashire countryside, new lambs and their patient mothers. All in all a very lovely setting.
I could not fault the food at 'The Plate', or the ambience, the menu choices, service, the prices...anything...it ticked so many boxes for me, and I am very fussy (too fussy for many!).
The welcome by the gentleman who manages 'The Plate' was one of the warmest I have every had (I know who he is now, as he has kindly left a comment at the foot of this post and Dinnoo is offering a 10% discount if you go to eat at 'The Plate' and mention THIS blog). That's an offer too good to miss.
Starters - crayfish in a bisque sauce with pesto and parmesan and mushrooms/bacon in a stilton sauce
The food/drinks/wines etc are all locally sourced as the blackboard at the side of the counter shows (and the Ribble Valley has some amazing food producers).
Main courses - chicken in a cream and chive sauce with pilau rice and butterfly chicken breast with sun dried tomatoes and pasta.
I loved the interior with its stripped back beams, chalkboards and exposed brickwork.
You can pretty much get everything here they do breakfasts as well as starters and main courses, sandwiches, cold platters and cakes and coffee, scones and teas.
This is a special place...we will be back very soon...
NB. The Plate at Backridge Farm did not ask me to do a feature on my blog or offer me any incentive (monetary or otherwise) to show you what we had for Saturday lunch, in fact they will have no idea about this until they see it for themselves!