Blackburn sits within the Ribble Valley and with that comes a level of expectation for gastro pubs at their finest and fine dining. There are also some great classic pubs, independently owned eateries and a fantastic array of Indian restaurants and other cuisines from around the world.
Lots of the venues in the town are reliant on takeaway trade now more than ever and so if you can show your support, it will ensure that there’s still a growing and diverse number of places to spend a night out when we are back to normal-ish.
Please remember that if you order through a delivery app they take a proportion of the profit from the restaurant, so it’s always worth calling them direct as so many of the options are offering superbly socially distanced collection facilities and that way you’ll have the knowledge that all your pounds are going into Blackburn’s bottom line.
Here are our picks
Exchange Coffee, 13-15 Fleming Square, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 2DG - Visit now
Serving award winning coffees and a great choice of loose teas, cold drinks and takeaway delights including toasted fruit teacakes, crumpets and toast all of which you can order online through its click and collect service.
Enjoy teabreads and a cake or cookie with freshly roasted coffee or speciality tea while you’re on the go. For picnics and party planning you can also order a wide range of the treats online too. Fudge Platters, Anna’s Biscuits and lots of other treats to satisfy even the sweetest tooth.
For a satisfying cup of coffee at home Exchange also has a wide range of tea and coffee equipment so you can make your own best brew at home.
The Chippery, 3 Corporation Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 1LB - Visit now
You can be sure of consistency from The Chippery. A wide range of usual chop shop fayre including good sized portions of cod, sausages, fishcakes and of course chips. The staff are friendly and you can’t go wrong with a takeaway Friday fish supper.
You can call ahead and order if you have a large order and you can be sure that all the portions are on the large side. Perfect catch of the day for in home dining.
Thira, 32 Darwen Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 2BY - Visit now
Blackburn is synonymous with a great curry and Thira offers exactly that. With a discount available for click and collect, you can call and pre-order from a wide menu of home dining options.
Starters include Grilled King Fish , boneless diced lamb sauteed with crushed ginger and shallots or a deep dish of mussels marinated with Kerala spices and deep fried.
Chicken choices include chicken tossed with spicy masala and bell peppers or marinated in a mild saffron flavoured yogurt and mustard cooked in a clay oven. Alternatively, if you want to keep it classic then you can’t beat a traditional tikka masala.
The menu is varied and split into easy read sections including pre meal, soups, main courses from the farmer, the butcher and the fisherman. Enjoy with a selected side dish – fresh crab meat cooked with coconuts, shallots and green chilli sounds divine or infused rice dishes and traditional breads.
Haute Dolci, 28 Church Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 5AL - Visit now
This is dessert heaven served in the most amazing surroundings. A beautiful destination for all manner of sweet treats and the added bonus of a click and collect service.
Vanilla Milk cake, Mintberry Mojito or test yourself with a Lick Your Lips – Fudge Brownies, Belgian Milk Chocolate, with Milk Chocolate Curls and Strawberries. Talking of strawberries and there’s a dedicated section of the menu on them dipped and served with delicious toppings.
Waffles including Guilty as Charged and Best I ever Had take the Belgian classic to a whole new level.
Add to this sponges, gelato, sundaes and cheesecakes and you start to get an understanding that this is haute cuisine for even the hardest to please dessert lovers.
Northcote, Northcote Rd, Langho, Blackburn, BB6 8BE - Visit now
The mastery of the Northcote kitchen is now available at home and we are more than a little excited.
It’s an opportunity to experience beautiful gourmet menus by Lisa Goodwin-Allen, in the comfort of your own home with nationwide delivery from one of Ribble Valley’s finest eating establishments.
Each week Northcote’s freshly prepared gourmet menus are hand drafted by Lisa and her small brigade in the Northcote kitchen. Lovingly curated using on the finest, seasonal ingredients, the dining boxes are prepared and packaged for diners to finish at home.
Think Lancashire Chowder with Morecambe Bay shrimps, Roasted Rack of Lamb, with Lamb sausage, young leeks, sheep curd and wild garlic pearl barley. Finished with a smashed lemon meringue gateau with a runny cream and exquisite handcrafted chocolates boxed for after dinner and you start to get a feel that this is home dining with a difference.
Each themed box comes with wine recommendations and easy to follow cooking instructions.