Many People hope to follow their dream. One inspirational lady, Lorraine Corey shares her journey and shows a tenacious attitude to achieving business success.

People often ask me how I ended up running a Spanish inspired restaurant at the community run pub, The Dog Inn in Belthorn. Rewind to 1987 when my family and I emigrated to Perth Western Australia, I secured a position as a croupier but my husband couldn’t find work so we bought a Lebanese restaurant. I ran the restaurant for five years while bringing up two small children, when my daughter graduated from college she requested that we move back to the UK so that she could attend University. However we decided to move to  Dublin for six months so that my two small dogs could be home quarantined. My daughter then met my grandsons father in Dublin so her university plans were put on hold.

It wasn’t long before the weather got to us and we decided to have an extended holiday in Spain. We loved Spain so much we stayed for ten years and built a thriving business maintaining properties and renting them for clients. The lifestyle in Spain was perfect with food being one of the best bits. We ate out often but I also loved cooking Spanish dishes with beautiful fresh produce from local markets.

Unfortunately my grandson was bullied and found it difficult to make close friends so we came back to the UK and settled in a beautiful gamekeepers cottage in Kent and that’s where The Tapas Crew, a Spanish themed catering company which was formed to fill  a gap in the market. As The Tapas Crew we catered for numerous weddings, parties and corporate events but eventually we needed bigger premises so I bought a village pub with a restaurant, letting rooms and a function room which proved to be too much for me to run on my own.

Back to the present, after winding up the pub I met my partner Andrew and we relocated to Spain but unfortunately his mothers health deteriorated significantly and so we relocated back to the UK and decided to settle in Darwen. When an opportunity to run the restaurant at The Dog Inn, Belthorn came up I was really excited, so now I am doing what I love, making customers smile while enjoying my food. We are currently expanding to provide fresh food to corporate clients. In the New Year I also plan to contact local schools to work with students and show them that fresh food can be easier  and tastier than they thought

Mayoral Launch

Councillor Peter Britcliffe, Mayor of Hyndburn and his daughter Sara kindly launched Laineys @ The Dog Inn and their Christmas Feast menu on Sat 25th Nov. Laineys look forward to ensuring  the restaurant is a destination for villagers and newcomers who enjoy fresh delicious food with great ale and good company.