RestaurantsLancashireGisburnBB7
Main Street, Gisburn, BB7 4HH

survey result

Summary

£60
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The closest you will get to a true Italian Restaurant, without leaving the UK” – Maurizio and Cinzia Bocchi’s “discreet and intimate” “landmark of authentic Italian cooking” occupies a converted weaver’s cottage on the A59 in the Ribble Valley, and is “rare (if not unique) in the north” in terms of its genuine style and high level of accomplishment. Don’t expect pizza – the repertoire is faithfully north Italian and there’s a wide selection of Italian wines, beers and aperitivi. (Although the restaurant runs events supporting Italian produce – for example for olive oil importers – Maurizio is also Marketing Lancashire’s ‘Taste Lancashire Ambassador’ and over 80% of the restaurant’s produce is locally sourced).

Summary

£55
   ££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Think of La Locanda as small agriturismo restaurant somewhere rural in the northern half of Italy, but which has somehow materialised in a weaver’s cottage in the Ribble Valley, on the main E-W route of the A59, and you’ll get an idea of what the Bocchis are about. Maurizio cooks; Cinzia serves (loudly). Fresh produce in virtually all dishes is locally sourced, the meats usually from a local organic farm a couple of miles away. Drinks are resolutely Italian. Don’t ask for Coke: they don’t have it, but they have a couple of Italian colas, among the intriguing soft drinks list. The same goes for the lengthy beer list, and the oenophiliac delight that is the wine list. What a wine list. Wines I have never seen anywhere else in this country, and in all the years I’ve been going to La Locanda, not a single disappointing wine. While the wine list explores every corner of Italy, the food, or at least the cooking, tends to focus more on the rustic styles of the north, particularly Lombardy and Piedmont. It's important to note that there is no pizza and there is definitely no garlic bread: this is an Italian Italian, not a Britalian. Cinzia runs front of house: some find her a bit abrupt, but she really isn’t: the problem is that she speaks Italian using English words”.

Summary

£55
   ££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Recommended for real Italian food and wine” – Maurizio and Cinzia Bocchi’s converted cottage (on the A59) in the Ribble Valley is that surprisingly rare find, a good rural Italian. It boasts a “brilliant” and intriguing all-Italian wine list, “passionate” service and food using carefully sourced ingredients. Pasta, in particular, is excellent here.

Summary

£51
   ££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Possibly the most authentic Italian food in the north of England, and with no compromise to British ideas of what Italian food is” – this converted old cottage on the A59 is “somewhat reminiscent of an agriturismo, but casting its net over Italy, serving various cuisines rather than just one”. Maurizio Bocchi is the chef, while his wife Cinzia runs front of house, and “their knowledge of oils and wines is amazing” (“olive oil is a speciality verging on obsession and the all-Italian wine list is full of excellent wines you've never heard of, all at very fair prices”). “The food is hearty enough for a rural Lancastrian appetite”“pastas, particularly the home made ones, are always excellent, fish is always very good, but meat tends to be overcooked in that curiously Italian manner”.

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Owner's description

A multi-award-winning, traditional Italian restaurant nestled in Lancashire’s wonderful Ribble Valley.

Full of original, rustic charm, La Locanda’s owners Maurizio and Cinzia Bocchi will take you to the heart of Italian cuisine, serving you authentic, seasonal recipes that go back generations.

“Each dish served has been passed down through generations, and we hope our commitment, devotion and passion for excellence is apparent throughout the flavours and taste of each dish”

The menu is refreshed on a weekly basis to reflect and celebrate the flavours, aromas, and textures of the finest and freshest seasonal produce available. Over 85% the ingredients are sourced locally and as we only select the best quality and freshest produce available on the day, some dishes on the menu may change without notice.

If you would like to know more about any of La Locanda’s dishes, their ingredients or heritage, Cinzia, the restaurant owner, will happily discuss.

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£9.00 £18.00 £4.00 £8.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £24.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

Yes
Highchair,Portions
6
No dress code
22
Yes

The chef

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

Reviews of La Locanda Restaurant in BB7, Gisburn by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of La Locanda restaurant.
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Reviewed 7 months, 20 days ago

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Main Street, Gisburn, BB7 4HH
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday6 pm‑9:30 pm
Wednesday6 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday6 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday5 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑8 pm

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