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The Home Farm Shop – Bispham Green, Nr Wigan

The Home Farm Shop is a farm shop on steroids. Owned by Ainscoughs, the Parbold family that have been farming the area for the last 200 years and who have built up a ‘group of select, pubs, hotels and restuarants’ throughout the North West, the shop sells their organic and high welfare produce; plus a delicious selection of…

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The Eagle and Child – Bispham Green, Nr Wigan

Sometimes you have a longing for a proper pub; a pub with dark wood, flagged floors, proper ale on tap and a log fire (ok, the fire was off as it was a hot day, but you’re getting the picture). The only thing about a ‘proper pub’ is that you run a gauntlet with the…

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The Railway – Euxton, nr Wiagn

Needing somewhere hearty to eat after an evening of helping the Boy in his endeavors, I had stumbled across The Railway at Euxton through my faithful friend Google, and after comparing it with other local establishments was impressed by the website’s description; ‘our menu embraces our love of Lancashire and its wonderful flavours which is…

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Tokyo Season – Manchester

Having become something of a Japanophile lately (mainly from copious amounts of comics and Mikado biscuits I have consumed) I was intrigued when the boy mentioned he had been recommended a Japanese restaurant on the edge of Manchester’s china town. The restaurant is non-discript from outside with a slightly garish sign, not the most welcoming.…

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Grill on the Alley – Manchester

Sometimes you just need meat – a statement that will antagonise environmentalists and vegetarians alike – however a statement that sometimes rings true. With this sentiment burning in our bellies, myself and my companions choose Manchester’s Gill on the Alley, part of the the Blackhouse Restaurant Bar chain to satisfy our recent carnivorous cravings. Grill on the…

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