Clitheroe's legendary Emporium is coming of age and celebrating its 21st birthday this month. The former Methodist Chapel on Moor Lane was the first venue developed by the James’ Places hospitality group and it trailblazed the ‘dining with retail’ concept in the Ribble Valley.
The Emporium set itself apart from other eateries when it first opened in 1996 after a transformation by James’ Places MD James Warburton, who bought a derelict chapel with the vision of turning it into a brasserie and interiors shop. Today, The Emporium is still the interior design heart of the group. A glance around the shop reveals clocks which you can see in The Royal Hotel at Kirkby Lonsdale, wall hangings like those in Holmes Mill, sculptures reminiscent of those found in Falcon Manor at Settle, throws from the Shireburn Arms, wallpaper as seen in the 1823 Spinning Block and numerous finishing touches shared with Mitton Hall, Eaves Hall and the Waddington Arms.
“The Emporium is the creative hub of the design style for which James’ Places is famous,” says Christine Lee, interiors guru for James’ Places. “It’s where our venues find their inspiration and it’s the home of our expert interiors team, which after 21 years knows exactly what will work and what won’t in a range of rooms. The team excels at creating beautiful interiors and can be relied upon to find the most interesting and stylish finishing touches, whatever the setting.”
Since 1996 the Emporium has seen demand for its great food continue to grow. The menu constantly reflects the lifestyles of its customers as is seen by the recent addition of special menus for vegans and the gluten intolerant. The vibe changes throughout the day with an early crowd for breakfast or brunch, mums for coffee, friends for lunch, business people having a meeting and there is always a great buzz in the evening. The original principle of dining with retail has never left, and everything on display can be bought. As James likes to say, ‘everything is for sale except the staff’ and yes, they have had customers who have bought the table at which they were dining!
NEW! The time you order is the price you pay! Choose from an Emporium cooked breakfast or Veggie breakfast, a small freshly squeezed orange juice & a large tea or coffee of your choice.
Eg. 8.30am = £8.30, 11.15am = £11.15 etc.
The perfect start to your day!
Available 8.30am - 11.30am Monday to Saturday and 10am - 11.30 on Sunday.
Try a sharing platter of your choice with a bottle of prosecco for £30, now available daily!
The perfect treat for date night or a catch-up with friends.
Cheese & Pâté Board – Sandham’s Lancashire cheese, Garstang white brie, chicken liver pâté, tomato chutney, grapes & crusty farmhouse bread.
Italian Mezze Board (v)- Bocconcini, gorgonzola, boscaiola olives, marinated sunchokes, fig, rocket leaf, sun-blushed tomato & pecorino salad, grissini & crostini.
Lamb Barahat – Middle eastern spiced fragrant slow cooked lamb, grilled aubergine & courgette, hummus, olives, tzatziki, toasted flat bread.
Seafood Platter – Haddock goujons, smoked salmon, prawns & Marie-Rose, granary bread, tartare sauce & pickled cucumber.
We all love pizza and there’s no better pairing than pizza & prosecco!
You can now enjoy this delicious treat every Thursday and Friday evening from 6.30 to 9.00pm.
Indulge in a medium pizza of your choice and a bottle of prosecco to share for £25 – it’s the perfect way to start your weekend!