La Locanda, Italian Restaurant, Gisburn, Lancashire

Awards, Reviews and Testimonials

The multiple awards won by La Locanda

10 Unmissable Foodie Hotspots in Lancashire

Lancashire isn’t the expected home of one of the best Italian restaurants outside of London but, nestled away on the high street of the tiny village of Gisburn, chef Maurizio and his wife Cinzia combine authentic Italian cuisine with local Lancashire produce.

The traditional Italian concept of “chilometro zero” (mile zero) acts as the principle behind the ingredients used in the preparation of the dishes and the restaurant boasts an impressive list of local producers. Expect the freshest pasta (Maurizio makes it every morning for the coming evening’s service) and the most reasonable prices at this hidden gem.

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Ribble Valley, Lancashire|Olive Magazine

This little restaurant could be a neighbourhood trattoria in Italy. Instead it’s in the village of Gisburn.

Their menu combines regional Italian cuisine and seasonal Lancashire produce. A blackboard is scrawled with the season’s bounty: in winter artichokes, garlic, hake, broccoli, mushroom, butternut squash, pheasant, leeks, apples, pears, pumpkin, truffles… I try pear wrapped in bresaola with a gorgonzola and walnut sauce; the soft sweetness of the fruit is the perfect foil for the dark, pungent sauce and salty meat. The star of a moreish charcuterie board of truffle mortadella, Goosenargh-cured duck and figs, meanwhile, is a bergamot marmalade, a Calabrian speciality that’s a fabulously citrussy palate-cleanser.

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Taste Lancashire | Aspect County

It’s a good combination… It certainly is – like his black Risotto cooked with Lancashire tea and red Mediterranean prawns from Sicily; and Cod loin cooked with Batch Gin (a craft gin from Burnley) and lime – coupled with a chilled, slightly sparkling red Bonarda Oltrepò DOC Tenuta il Bosco, from Lombardy. Even their Bellini cocktail puts Harry’s Bar to shame.

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Square Meal Review

With its rustic look, wooden tables & flickering candles, La Locanda may pass as a textbook trattoria, but it’s a local Italian that goes the extra mile – hitting all the right notes when it comes to comforting food & personal service. The kitchen hits the mark with belly pork cooked in fennel & garlic or king prawns with fresh orange & vodka, while generous pastas could include firm favourites such as lasagne bolognese & penne all’arrabbiata. Mains aim for generosity in the shape of, say, veal stuffed with asparagus & ham or whole sea bass cooked with white wine, cherry tomatoes, garlic, chilli & parsley, while spiced honey, fig & jam tart served with crème anglaise makes a terrific finale.

Park House, Gisburn, Clitheroe, Lancashire: B&B review

Read Tony Naylor’s review of his stay at Park House and dinner at La Locanda.

At Park House, you get a proper welcome. On a bitterly cold January night, there is a fire glowing in the lounge grate, tea is on if you want a brew and, from Howard and Mary Williams, immediate warm familiarity. Owners dictate a B&B’s atmosphere and here there is no diffidence, no standing on ceremony…. At night, if you don’t want to drive, toddle along to La Locanda, Gisburn’s cosy, cottagey Italian, which does joint deals with Park House – notably a dinner-B&B package for £95 a couple.

From the opening breads, super-fresh cakey focaccia and flat Sardinian pane carasau dressed in oil, rosemary and garlic, it is clear that La Locanda (awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2011) is a trattoria of unusual rigour and authenticity. Read more here!

Marcus Wareing – The Good Housekeeping Institute

MARCUS WAREING – Famous Michelin Starred Chef Visited and recommended in December Good Housekeeping magazine La Locanda: “ A fantastic Italian restaurant located in the Ribble Valley. It uses the best local produce as well as specialist food products from Italy, which are sourced by the owner on her regular visits home. All the pastas are hand-made daily and are mouth-wateringly delicious.”

How haute cuisine conquered Lancashire

by Anthony Peregrine I had to rethink Lancashire, then rethink it again at La Locanda in Gisburn. Maurizio and Cinzia Bocchi, from Lake Maggiore, aren’t your average pizza peddlers…. read more here!

Park House & La Locanda | Mr & Mrs H Guide

La Locanda is amazing! It was hands down the most amazing Italian food I’ve ever had outside of Italy. The owners, Cinzia and Maurizio Bocchi, are dedicated to sourcing local ingredients to create authentic and excellent Italian cuisine. This strategy, coupled with their Italian hospitality, has led La Locanda to become England’s most award winning Italian restaurant outside of London. It was a meal I’ll never forget! Read more at the Mr & Mrs H guide.

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