Team Greyhound’s Bowland Adventure

Everyone needs a break once in a while and that includes us here at The Greyhound.

Holidays are important, they give us a chance to recharge our batteries and take a much-needed breather from our day-to-day lives.

5 years ago we organised our first ever Greyhound away day to London. It was boozy, raucous and expensive, but it also offered our team a chance to share a fun experience that was separate from their work lives. We’ve got no doubts whatsoever that our team came back from that first trip a closer bunch of friends than they were when they set out – which is why we’ve made it an annual event ever since.

This year we decided to take our team out into the wild expanse of the Forest of Bowland. With over 800 square kilometres of sprawling landscape to explore you’d thing we’d have spent our time hiking, however (surprise, surprise!) we spent more time nosing around some of the best pubs in the area and tasting some of the best local brews.

So, how did we settle on the Forest of Bowland as our destination this year?

It was a matter of serendipity, largely thanks to our Head Chef who was looking for caravans for sale in Yorkshire back in November 2017. Rory stumbled across Bowland Fell Park whilst he was hunting for a place to call home (some of the time at least) and although he decided against the purchase when he was viewing static homes there, he was still swept away by the sheer natural beauty that was on offer in the area. He came back from that weekend positively buzzing, showing us pictures and raving about the stellar pubs on offer. A week later we’d booked a stay at the Park and that lead us to a bright but brisk day in April…

Having offloaded our gear at Bowland Fell our first port of call was the venerable Bowland Brewery. Starting life as a microbrewery, the team here has quickly expanded with the business offering tours around their brewery at Holmes Mill and plenty of drinks at Bowland Beer Hall, their dedicated pub which serves beer from a staggering 42 hand pulls at a time. The Beer Hall and Brewery were soon established as key tourist attractions and have proved to be a real boon for the surrounding area.

We won’t spoil the details of the wonderful Brewery Tour, but suffice it to say that it left us all with more than a passing thirst for some ale. Although Rory and Tim were initially keen to tackle all 24 beers on offer, they both looked defeated after just 6 half pints, so much for being able to drink the young’uns under the table!

The whole team were a little shaky on their feet by the time we left Holmes Mills, so it was a good thing that our restaurant for the night was just around the corner. Clitheroe might seem like a strange place to open a Greek restaurant, but that’s exactly what the team behind Brizola have done. Despite only opening in 2017, this chic Bar & Grill has quickly drummed up a reputation for being one of the best places to eat and our own chefs were quick to agree.

After multiple plates of grilled meats, skewers and a truly delicious Beef Stamna we were all stuffed and more than ready to drop dead back at Bowland Fell.

It’s amazing how just one day away can bring a team together and we’re so glad that this year’s trip was yet another success!

Foodie Nights, World Cup Sweeps & More…

There’s plenty going on at The Greyhound in the next few weeks…

Since the weather’s started cheering up we’ve been busying ourselves planning some fun events and competitions that should go along way to keeping our regulars entertained throughout the upcoming summer season.

We’ve always thought that pubs should be much more than places to drink beer and eat, that’s why we’ve massively re-hauled our social calendar for the next few months with the intention of changing The Greyhound from a standard boozer into a vibrant social hub that should stand tall at the centre of our community. With that in mind, our team has been busy planning and preparing for the future with the hope of potentially making some of these events a regular occurrence.

Pop in for a chat if you fancy taking part in any of these and we’ll be glad to sign you up:

Foodie Nights

Our chefs are always looking for an excuse to share their passion for food with, so we thought we’d give them a platform to shout from. Over the next few months each one of our talented chefs will be taking over the backroom of our pub for a 2-hour foodie extravaganza. For those looking for a high-brow experience we’ll be running a Cheese & Wine Tasting offering a pairing with each of the spectacular cheeses that we’re currently featuring on our cheese board. In the following weeks you can look forward to a Curry Night and a showcase of some fantastic local produce.

World Cup Sweeps

You don’t have to be football crazy to know that another World Cup will be taking over our screens in a couple of months time. As ever, the mood in the pub has been apathetic, bordering on pessimistic in regards to England’s chance of actually winning the competition, so we thought we’d try and get everyone a bit more invested by sorting out a sweepstake competition. There’ll be 32 teams to pick out of a hat and a limit of one team per person. Entry is a fiver per person, so there’ll be a jackpot of £160 up for grabs by the time the final winds around on the 15th July.

Open Mic Nights

Finally, we’re looking forward to getting some live music in the pub. Although we know the chefs are eager to get a gig sorted for their Queen tribute band, we thought we’d give them a few more months practice and give the general public (that’s you!) a chance to prove themselves on our brand new stage. We’ll be welcoming performers from all backgrounds to jump on our stage, it doesn’t matter what instrument you play or what kind of music you play – we want to hear you!

Please feel free to send us a message on the Contact page should you be interested in taking part in any of the above.

Kitchen Repairs & New Dishes Incoming

Flamin’ ovens and brand new dishes…

One of the issues that a busy pub will inevitably come up against in this day and age is appliance breakdowns, which is exactly what happened to us last weekend.

Although the visible section of our pub might well evince a time of yore (namely the Empire founding colonial era that made our founder’s name) the back of house section is anything but old school.

We realised a long time ago that whilst our customers obviously prefer eating and drinking in the traditional surroundings, our chefs would much rather work in an ultra-modern environment. With that in mind we’ve spent the last 5 years slowly updating and expanding our kitchen so that our chefs can cook to their best abilities and our customer can get the very best value.

Over the course of hundreds of lunch and dinner services we’re bound to come across a few issues along the way and, recently, we’ve been hit with more than a handful of them.

To our young pot-washers’ alarm we’ve had some catastrophic issues with our dishwasher which has led to them having to meticulously hand-wash every single piece of cookware and crockery that’s going through the kitchen, making their jobs a whole lot more difficult.

But it’s not just just the potwashers who are having difficulties at the moment. For the last few weeks our 30-year old range cookers, which have proven unflagging in their service for so long, have started exhibiting all kinds of strange behaviours. We’ve had rogue flame-ups, knobs popping off and oven doors refusing to open in the last week or so which has undoubtedly made all of our jobs a lot more difficult.

We’re not ones to procrastinate here though, especially when our chefs are struggling so much with getting their food out as good as it should be. Before we had a mutiny on our hands we jumped straight online to order some cooker spares and also bought in the necessary parts for the dishwasher at the same time. Thanks to our handy staff here at the Greyhound, we’re lucky to not have to hire any repairmen whenever something breaks down – our chefs are naturally gifted technicians (as well as great cooks) which makes repairing appliances a much easier (and more affordable) task.

With our ovens and dishwasher back in good working order our creative team were free to get on with the work in hand, namely creating some fantastic new dishes for our upcoming Spring menu. There are a few dishes on our menu that we’re proud to have served for years now, namely our Gurkha chicken curry and our Caribbean jerk-fried chicken. We understand that our regulars would be gutted if we ever took these much-loved meals off the menu, but that hasn’t stopped us from continually striving to create more dishes. After all, you never know when you might stumble upon the next big pub classic!

At the moment, our kitchen team have been working on a handful of new ideas, drawing in such varied influences as Tibet, the Deep South and Saharan African cuisine.

Our aim is always to surprise and delight – we can’t wait to show you what we’ve been getting up to!

April’s Beer of the Month & New Additions

Can you feel the weather getting warmer?

Spring is finally here and we’ve made a raft of refreshing changes to our lineup here at the Greyhound including a fresh (typically tasty) beer of the month and a new crew of friendly faces!

April’s Beer of the Month is…St. Austell Brewery’s Tribute!

Just like our pub, Tribute has got a fantastic heritage that has helped it become one of the most popular ales in the country. Originally brewed in 1999 as a limited edition beer celebrating the total eclipse, Daylight Robbery (as it was known then) was simply too good to be forgotten. The recipe was kept safe so that it could later be relaunched under the name of Tribute, a literal ‘tribute’ to the drinkers, brewers and workers who had contributed to the success of St. Austell Brewery’s, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2001.

Within a year of re-launching over 1,000,000 pints of the golden pale ale had been sold, making Tribute one of the most popular beers in the country and all of this before the explosion of popularity that was soon to completely revitalise the drinks industry in the UK. By 2004 Tribute was crowned Champion Beer of Cornwall and was in sale nationwide in supermarkets, as well as being in high demand in public houses.

It’s been nearly 20 years sine this iconic pale ale was first put into production, yet it’s popularity refuses to wane. The beer has kept in the spotlight with a string of high-profile sponsorship deals, with Hackney cabs in London, international rugby players and county cricket teams alike proudly emblazoning the Tribute branding. You’ll also spot this mighty Cornish brew up in the air on both Flybe and British Airway flights – they’re also an official partner of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

There’ll be a constant supply of Tribute on sale at The Greyhound for the rest of the month if you fancy popping down and seeing what all the fuss is about.

New Smiling Faces!

As some of our regulars might well have noticed, there are a handful of new faces both behind and in front of the bar. Last month we said goodbye to Alex and Laura, both of whom had worked with us since the age of 16! The pair of intrepid explorers have been earnestly saving for well over a year so that they can run off on a whirlwind trip all around the world. We wish them the very best of luck and look forward to tracking their progress as they go.

Although we knew we were always going to struggle replacing such characters as Alex and Laura, we’re happy to welcome not one, not two, but three new faces in to fill their positions behind the bar and in front of house. Jake is just 15 years old but he’s keen as mustard and ready to take your food orders. Paula is 19, a keen traveller herself, but has promised to not go jetsetting for at least 6 months, she’ll be working behind the bar. Finally, we’ve got a new sous chef in the kitchen in the shape of Jess, 24. A recent college graduate, she’s looking to cut her teeth on our brand new Empire-themed menu.

Don’t hesitate to say hello to our new starters, they’re all chomping at the bit to meet you all!