A MOUTHWATERING magazine to promote the best places to eat and drink in Inverclyde has all the right ingredients.

The new food and drink guide, launched by Taste Inverclyde and the Greenock Telegraph, showcases the outstanding cafes, bars and restaurants that the area has to offer.

As well as interviews with local food and drinks experts and handy culinary hints and tips, it features a listings section and maps to help every reader find something that tantalises their tastebuds.

Andrew Bowman, the head of business investment at Riverside Inverclyde, says the magazine is perfect for both local people and tourists.

He said: "I think we take our food and drink very seriously in Inverclyde and it is beginning to show.

"To have so many cafes and restaurants supporting this is fantastic.

"It shows that you don't need to go to Glasgow, there's some great restaurant and cafes in Inverclyde."

Mr Bowman said it is important to promote local manufacturers who are an integral part of the food and drink industry.

He added: "The manufacturers are so important, as the aim of Taste Inverclyde is to try and get more local produce made and created here and then sold in the local outlets and restaurants and cafes."

Inside the 48-page guide, there is information on eateries, bars, cafes and retail outlets - from independents to well-known chains - all offering a truly unique experience.

Tele sales manager Jolene McGhee added: "It's great to work in partnership with Riverside Inverclyde.

"We both established a gap in the market.

"This guide showcases all the food and drink as well as the producers in the Inverclyde area."

The guide was launched at Fenwick 47 in West Blackhall Street with some of the local businesses involved.

It will be available to pick up FREE from the Telegraph office and all of the establishments involved.