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The Hairy Bikers Go North Premieres Thurs 23 Sep on BBC Two

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The Hairy Bikers Go North

After years of riding abroad, The Hairy Bikers, Si King and Dave Myers, are back home in the North of England on their most personal journey yet.

This eight-part series for BBC Two will see them travel from the west coast to the east, discovering the northern producers who are revolutionising the British food scene.

Each week they’ll base themselves in stunning locations – including Bamburgh Castle, a farmhouse in Clough Bottom, and a manor house where Henry VIII is said to have stayed – while exploring the changing areas through restaurants, recipes and inventive new food entrepreneurs.

This is a food adventure that explains where the bikers came from, taking them to the regions they grew up in and have shaped them – but it isn’t all familiar territory.

Through the Peaks and Dales they uncover new production methods, allowing the Bikers to create some incredible new recipes that showcase the allure of the mighty North.

They begin their journey in Lancashire, the red rose county, and then travel through Yorkshire, Cumbria, Northumberland, The Peak District in Derbyshire, and finally Tyne & Wear.

Along the way they take in some of the best gastro pubs in the land, meet award-winning local producers and discover how tradition and the modern world are influencing one another in unique and exciting ways.

Episode one: From Pendle in the east to Blackpool in the west, Lancashire has a regional cuisine to match anywhere in the country, with some of the best Gastro pubs in the land and award-winning producers of fine food.

Dave and Si ride to Newton in Bowland to visit The Parkers Arms which is renowned for its succulent homemade pie. Following a pitstop at The Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery, the bikers then cook a traditional steak, mushroom and ale pie.

Intrigued by the last temperance bar in the country, the bikers later set off to find out more about this teetotal movement and the alternative drinks they offer.

Next the bikers visit Carron Lodge, a family-run farm that rears water buffalo and uses their milk to create the most beautiful cheeses. Inspired, the bikers then cook a cheesy lasagne for the family.

Si and Dave’s favourite tipple is gin so the next visit to a gin school goes down a treat. Infused by their learning, the bikers create a gin and key lime pie.

It wouldn’t be a proper Lancashire trip without visiting Blackpool, and it wouldn’t be a trip to Blackpool without eating an ice cream from the Notarianni family. With that box ticked, there is only one left to do before ending their Lancashire tour: Pleasure Beach and Blackpool Tower.

The Hairy Bikers Go North has been produced for BBC Two by South Shore.

Airdate: Thursday 23 September 2021 at 8.00pm on BBC Two.