From meat pies to haute cuisine

Fylde RFC head Chef Craig Brown and Fylde RFC commercial representative Anthony Hoskisson

Fylde RFC head Chef Craig Brown and Fylde RFC commercial representative Anthony Hoskisson

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For Fylde Rugby Football Club is launching its first-ever business networking and fine dining evening on April 22 at 7.30pm.

The new evening was inspired by members of the Lytham and St Annes Business Development Association.

More than 70 people attended their own informal evening networking event at which they invited Fylde RFC head chef Craig Brown to showcase his culinary talents.

Normally accustomed to a good old-fashioned fry up for their breakfast meetings, the members were given a culinary treat.

And it allowed the Blackpool Road venue to showcase another side to its business.

Mr Brown said: “People expect rugby club cuisine to be all about pie and peas.

“So I think we took a few people by surprise with the food we served. We put on quite a show.

“Guests enjoyed avocado and crab to start with, then Goosnargh duck followed by exotic fruit soup and some home-made petit fours.

“We had some entertainment too from local singer Emily Adams. The feedback was outstanding.

“We’ve decided to make the evening open to the business community in general. It would be wonderful if the success continued and it became a regular date in the calendar.”

Fylde RFC commercial representative and director of Questa Financial Services, Anthony Hoskisson, said: “Craig is a hidden gem. His food is outstanding.

“And we were delighted to have him here at the club and that his first fine dining event was such a huge success.

“Local business people attended with their partners and enjoyed the informal conversation, fun and new contacts.

“We’re committed to the format and ‘keeping it local’. That way we can make sure any opportunities that arise benefit the Fylde community.”

Places are limited to 40. More information is available from Emily Nickson on (01253) 734733 or by emailing