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A quaint converted building in the Ribble Valley provides the location for Maurizio and Cinzia Bocchi’s fixture of fifteen years’ standing, which takes pride in its local sourcing of Italian dishes.
Cosy and full of original rustic charm, La Locanda is located in the tiny village of Gisburn, nestled within Lancashire's wonderful Ribble Valley and on the doorstep of The Forest of Bowland, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The restaurant accommodates around 40 people, with a small bar and dining area downstairs, and a pleasantly welcoming restaurant on the first floor.
Owners, Maurizio and Cinzia Bocchi are justifiably very proud of their country's world renowned food culture and heritage, and produce dishes that make sure you enjoy a truly authentic experience.
You'll find the ethos at La Locanda is very much in tune with that of the Slow Food organisation and AgriChef Patron, Maurizio is a proud member of the Slow Food Chefs' Alliance. Paying to true attention to sourcing produce locally, La Locanda has forged strong alliances with many of Lancashire's most respected food producers.
Please Note: To secure your reservations on a Saturday evening, or for special events (e.g. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day), a reservation fee of £10 per head will be collected. This fee will be deducted from the total of your bill.
We look forward to welcoming you at La Locanda soon!
Born and raised on the banks of Lake Maggiore, in the north of Italy and close to neighbouring Switzerland, Maurizio’s love of food began at an early age. He loved heading out into the woods and foraging for wild mushrooms with his grandmother, and to watch his mother making bread, using flour from the local mill, and fresh pasta with the eggs collected from the hen house.
Motivated by his uncompromising drive to make sure that Italy’s traditional food heritage was properly respected, in 2003, he and Cinzia established La Locanda and the rest, as they say, is history. Now, more than 12 years down the line, La Locanda has won numerous awards, accreditations and accolades for its Slow Food ethos and credentials, and for its authentic representation of Italian food culture and traditions.
La Locanda Restaurant Diner Reviews
"The passion of Maurizio (chef) and Cinzia (front of house) Bocchi shines through at this old weaver's cottage on the main A59 road through Gisburn. The food is very authentically Italian, based in the Marche, but roving around Italy. But there's little that you would recognise from the menu of your standard high street Britalian, which can cause problems for those expecting standard Britalian fare. There is a lot of thought that has gone into the food, and (apparently) Maurizio has spent some time with mammas and chefs across Italy learning how to perfect a number of dishes. They spend much time with local farmers, and all the non-DOP produce is locally produced. Service comes in for a fair bit of criticism. But I think it's actually very good: they can't do enough to make sure you enjoy your meal. I think the difficulty some people have is that Cinzia continues to speak to customers in Italian but using English words: she has the English vocabulary, but the phrasing and sentence construction is entirely Italian. The wine list - all Italian - is very special: it's not cheap, but it's good value, and full of unusual Italian wines, many 2 & 3 bicchieri award winners. The list of Italian beers is worth a look, for beer lovers, as it's an uncommon collection. Even the soft drinks are largely Italian (I think they have now banned Coca Cola). Portions are as lavish as both agriturismo and Lancashire would expect."
Main Street, Gisburn, BB7 4HH
|Monday||6 pm-10 pm|
|Tuesday||6 pm-10 pm|
|Wednesday||6 pm-10 pm|
|Thursday||6 pm-10 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5 pm-10 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5 pm-10 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm-10 pm|