The Salon Owner Who Lived a Double Life as a Cocaine Boss
The story of Leanne Duffin, who used her beauty salon to mask a lucrative coke and weed dealing ring.
Meet One of the Last Shrimp Trawlers in Morecambe Bay
Shrimp from the Lancashire bay have been considered a delicacy since the 1920s, but new fishing license laws, combined with the increased cost of sending boats out, means that only two trawlers now remain. Ray Edmondson is one of them.
Eating in One of Britain's Most Racially Segregated Towns
Census data shows that white and Asian residents of Blackburn, Lancashire are increasingly divided. I visited restaurants in the town's “Asian quarter” to find out how a council regeneration scheme is forging links between the communities.
Preston’s Butter Pie Might Be the World’s Greatest Half-Time Snack
A match day favorite at Preston North End Football Club, butter pie is dense and nourishing and a little clammy. Its filling is pure, unrelenting, delicious fat.
It's Finally Here! Our 'Noisey Blackpool' Documentary in Full
Come watch our newest film, charting the controversial and unlikely rise of Blackpool grime.
The Last Bite: Ale, Black Pudding, and Ladies Haircuts at Lancashire's Oldest Market
Welcome back to The Last Bite, our column documenting the survival of traditional food establishments. Today, we head to Bury to visit an open-air market established back in 1444.
The Last Bite: Lancashire’s Only Surviving Raw Milk Cheesemakers
Most of the cheese sold in the UK is single curd but Mrs Kirkham’s make double curd: a blend of young “alive” curds and two-day old richer, nuttier curds. Combining the two matures the cheese and deepens the flavour.
Even This Tripe Shop Owner Hates The Taste of Tripe
“I can’t eat tripe. It’s horrible,” says Anita Clarke, owner of The Tripe and Sandwich Shop in Manchester. “It was like having snot in my mouth.” But how do you come to run one of the country’s only remaining tripe shops if you don’t actually like...
This Lancashire Sheep's Milk Cheese Might Be Better Than Feta
Grandma Singletons dairy is the UK’s largest sheep’s milk cheesemaker, producing around 60 tonnes of the stuff every year. Their speciality is Parlick Fell, a pure ewe’s milk cheese that tastes like a sweeter, creamier feta.
This Barista Set Up a Dairy Herd So He Could Make Better Lattes
“Everything in the coffee industry is moving yet milk is overlooked,” says Noble Espresso’s Shaun Young, who has partnered with a Lancashire dairy farm to create specialist milk for coffee.
This Baker Is Turning 17th Century Witches’ Broth Into Pie
Four hundred years after the trial of Lancashire’s Pendle witches—12 men and women executed for witchcraft and murder—baker Christine Turner makes pies inspired by the broth served at their illicit gatherings.
The Strange Case of Adrian Shankar, the Cricketer Who Lied His Way to a Professional Career
Only a brief one, of course, because it quickly became very obvious that he didn't have the skill to play at county level.