We love produce, and our producers
Wherever possible, we always source our food and drink from local producers. Our house ale, Continental Bitter, is supplied by Marble Brewery, a microbrewery attached to the Marble Arch Inn, located just north of Manchester city centre.
Marble, which consists of just four people – head brewer James Campbell and his three assistants - have been brewing their delicious beers for eleven years. They only use the finest organic malt and hops and don’t use isinglass finings – that is, they don’t filter their beer through the bladder of a sturgeon, like other brewers - meaning that their beers are vegetarian too.
Our fruit and vegetables are supplied through Sharrocks. The value of fresh, organic, locally sourced produce is no news to them – they’ve been working closely with Lancashire farmers for the past sixty years. When in season, these lovely goodies come into the Continental kitchen: David Rimmer supplies fresh asparagus from the Formby dunes, Bill Vose and his family grow Lancashire new potatoes, and Pete Ascroft is renowned for his Lancashire cauliflowers, golden beetroot and red cabbage. Lettuce is Pete Coxhead’s forte, be it iceberg, little gem or sweet romaine.
The Neve family have been in the fish industry for four generations and have a well earned reputation for only supplying the freshest, highest quality fish and seafood. They own a trawler called The Artemis that lands at their base in Fleetwood, meaning their fish is always fresh. Most of the other boats they use are fleet boats which fish for twelve hours and land their catch from there. How does boss Judd Neve know a good, fresh fish when he sees one? “It should be firm to the touch, have nice, clear glassy eyes and a certain amount of oil – if it sticks to your fingers slightly then it’s just not fresh enough,” he says. Their catch comes into our kitchens daily.
Our meat comes from H. Greaves & Son of Up Holland, who have been in the trade since the 1930s. As with our other suppliers, their meat is sourced locally wherever possible. For example, their lambs are supplied by Rod Spence of Burholme Farm, Clitheroe, amongst other local farmers. They also buy exceptionally high grade lambs from the Orkney Isles when the season comes around. Beef, pork, duck and chicken are also bought from local farmers, not to mention their delicious homemade Black Puddings from Bury.