Our Local Suppliers
Over the years of owning their restaurant in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley, Cinzia and Maurizio have formed good friendships and alliances with many local food and drink producers, and suppliers. In fact, one of the reasons they actually first decided to settle and open the restaurant in Lancashire was because of the profusion of fabulous produce they found when they first moved here.
At La Locanda, they see great local produce as one the key things that really sets them apart from the majority of other restaurants. The quality and diversity that’s available really makes a difference to the dishes they create, bringing flavour and character that just wouldn’t be possible with intensively farmed produce or mass-produced ingredients.
Below you’ll find a selection of the hard working producers they collaborate with, many of whom whose produce you’ll find available to buy from local farm shops, farmers markets and higher quality retailers.
J Frankland – Farmer
Jimmy Frankland has supplied La Locanda with high quality milk, cream and free-range eggs for many years. A local farmer, also based in Gisburn, Jimmy keeps a relatively small herd of dairy cows and maintains high welfare standards for, both, his cows and chickens.
Johnson and Swarbrick – Chicken and Duck
Established by the late Reg Johnson, along with his step-brother, Bud Swarbrick, back in the 1960’s, Goosnargh chickens, ducks and geese are reared just on the edge of the Ribble Valley. Long time favourites for many of the country’s top chefs, the birds are reared in small flocks, with double the required space, and fed on Reg’s own recipe special feed. This, along with the high welfare they receive, means that the birds produce a uniquely flavoured and beautifully tender meat.
Ian Scott – Scott’s Game
Scott’s Game is La Locanda’s supplier of top quality game, the majority of which comes from Gisburn and the Ribble Valley, and the rest is from fully traceable sources in Scotland. Based less than five miles away, Ian has been a trusted local supplier to the restaurant for several years.
AO Seafood Ltd – Fish and Seafood
Established since 1947, AO Seafoods source the highest quality fish and seafood from UK ports on a daily basis. This guarantees the freshness Maurizio has come to rely from Adrian and is also why the fish and seafood dishes are always so popular at La Locanda!
Like ‘Spaghetti allo Scoglio’, a delicious combination of king prawns, mussels, clams and calamari, all cooked en papillote to produce a tasty aromatic treat you’ll definitely want to come back for!
B Cookson – Fruit and Vegetables
Although some fruit and vegetables have to be sourced from Italy, in order to maintain the authenticity of the dishes, Maurizio buys a large quantity from a wholesaler based in Preston. B Cookson are renowned for the quality and freshness of their produce, and they have a large selection of seasonal fruit and vegetables grown by Lancashire farmers.
Heritage Kitchen Preserves – Jams and Chutneys
Derek Jones is a well known figure on many of the North West’s farmers markets and food festivals. Producing a range of handmade jams and chutneys just 20 miles away, in Bacup, he has worked closely with Maurizio to produce recipes specially created for various dishes on the La Locanda menus.