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Welcome to the blog for The Gibbon Bridge Hotel, a luxurious country hotel and restaurant in the Forest of Bowland. Take a look at some of the recent happenings here at Gibbon Bridge.

  • GB Celebrates Again at the RV Business Awards & the CLA Rural Business Awards

    GB Celebrates Again at the RV Business Awards & the CLA Rural Business Awards

    14 Oct 2016

    Janet and the whole team were delighted to be shortlisted as finalists at the Ribble Valley Business Awards for the Food Business Award, the Rural Business Award and in the prestigious Bowland BioEnergy Award. 

    We were equally delighted to have been nominated in the National CLA Rural Business Awards which took place at The Belfry, and are delighted to announce that we came home with a Highly Commended in the Outstanding Rural Diversification Project and that we were runners up in the Rural Entrepreneur of the Year. 

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  • “Simpson the best!”  Our Janet is shortlisted for two national awards!

    “Simpson the best!”  Our Janet is shortlisted for two national awards!

    30 Aug 2016

    Our very own ‘boss lady’ Janet Simpson has been shortlisted for two national awards!

    Both Janet personally, and the hotel and restaurant, were selected in the categories, ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ and ‘Outstanding Diversification Project’.

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  • Gibbon goes global!

    Gibbon goes global!

    19 Jul 2016

    At Gibbon Bridge we have just hosted a truly international wedding for a family whose members are scattered across the globe.

    It was the first time many of the relatives had seen each other in 14 years and – as with all our weddings - we were more than happy to go the extra mile to personalise the special day for them.

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  • Gibbon Bridge is Simply the Best – Top Hospitality Award

    Gibbon Bridge is Simply the Best – Top Hospitality Award

    19 May 2016

    We are popping champagne corks here at Gibbon Bridge today after being voted one of Britain’s Best Places to Work . . . beating off stiff competition from more than 1000 top hotels and restaurants across the UK.

    The prestigious contest – run jointly by industry bible The Caterer and HR experts Purple Cubed - rated us FIFTH in their Top 30 nationwide.

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  • Flexing our Flour Power at Gibbon Bridge!

    Flexing our Flour Power at Gibbon Bridge!

    17 May 2016

    Real Bread Week - 14th – 22nd May

    For 27 years our master baker Janet Bamber has been producing perfect pastries, puddings, biscuits and breads – all served daily in our hotel rooms and restaurant.

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  • Celebrate the Great British Butty!

    Celebrate the Great British Butty!

    11 May 2016

     British Sandwich Week, May 8th – 14th 2016

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  • Diners dig deep as £4,000 pours in for flood victims

    Diners dig deep as £4,000 pours in for flood victims

    11 May 2016

    A Gibbon Bridge fundraising dinner hosted by Radio 2’s foodie correspondent Nigel Barden raised a phenomenal £4,000 for flood victims.

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  • Jaguar fans find creature comforts at Gibbon Bridge

    Jaguar fans find creature comforts at Gibbon Bridge

    26 Apr 2016

    Ribble Valley proves purrrfect sport for classic car enthusiasts

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  • £1000’s of Luxury Gifts Up For Grabs at Our Fund-Raising Foodie   Event

    £1000’s of Luxury Gifts Up For Grabs at Our Fund-Raising Foodie   Event

    21 Apr 2016

    Join Gibbon Bridge and BBC 2 drivetime broadcaster Nigel Barden for food, fun and prizes
     

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  • Eating the Seasons at Gibbon Bridge

    Eating the Seasons at Gibbon Bridge

    13 Apr 2016

    DINING at Gibbon Bridge is about engaging the senses and eating the seasons.

    From tender cuts of locally-reared meat and the freshest fillets of fish . . . to hand-picked fruits and a rainbow of root vegetables plucked daily from our kitchen garden and bursting with flavour

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  • Year of the English Garden 2016

    Year of the English Garden 2016

    21 Mar 2016

    First day of spring and the lawn cutting begins!

    Come and join us for a guided tour of our grounds

    Warm streams of sunshine saw in the official start of the spring equinox on Sunday . . . revealing the Gibbon Bridge Hotel & Restaurant’s award-winning grounds in all its glory.

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  • Create a fresh floral centrepiece for Easter

    Create a fresh floral centrepiece for Easter

    17 Mar 2016

    Create a fresh floral centrepiece for Easter
    -         And enjoy a scrumptious lunch and fizz with friends!

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  • UPPER-CRUST GRUB, MADE WITH LOVE!

    UPPER-CRUST GRUB, MADE WITH LOVE!

    09 Mar 2016

    British Pie Week: March 7th – 13th

    It’s not often we encourage our bakery girls to get pie-eyed at work . . . but this week it’s a must!

    To celebrate British Pie Week 2016, our ‘dough-eyed’ duo Grace Holland and Janet Bamber have filled dozens of home-baked casings with succulent prime pork and juicy apples – grown in our own orchard.

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  • Spring up to Gibbon Bridge for spectacular views of the season anew!

    Spring up to Gibbon Bridge for spectacular views of the season anew!

    07 Mar 2016

    SPRING has sprung at Gibbon Bridge today as our award-winning grounds reveal a glorious glimpse of the warmer season to come.

    From the al fresco dining gardens to the breathtaking terraces and rolling landscapes - the first signs of spring are emerging everywhere!

    Gibbon Bridge and its surrounding splendour is a seven times holder of the Britain in Bloom Award for outstandingly beautiful and landscaped gardens.

    And you don’t need to be an overnight guest to enjoy what is on offer here.

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  • Five Fabulous Gibbon Bridge Ways to treat your special ladies this Mothering Sunday (March 6 2016)

    Five Fabulous Gibbon Bridge Ways to treat your special ladies this Mothering Sunday (March 6 2016)

    25 Feb 2016

    Move away from the online card and present websites (you know which ones we mean), and show your mum you really care with a thoughtful Gibbon Bridge gift voucher or booking.

    We’ve compiled our top ‘fabulous five’ ideas to treat the lady or ladies in your life on their special day of the year.

    So give the lady a break and let Gibbon Bridge cater for Mater this spring!

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  • Radio star teams up with Gibbon Bridge to help flood-hit Lancastrians

    Radio star teams up with Gibbon Bridge to help flood-hit Lancastrians

    22 Feb 2016

    BBC Radio 2’s drivetime broadcaster Nigel Barden and hotelier Janet Simpson have cooked up an evening extravaganza of foodie fun to raise funds for flood-hit businesses and residents in Whalley and Billington.

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  • Summer Days Festival 2016 . . .

    Summer Days Festival 2016 . . .

    09 Feb 2016

    Calling all Simply Red fans booked to see the band play live at Clitheroe Castle this summer. If Money’s Too Tight to mention - then Do The Right Thing - and check out our super-saving midweek music deal which is exclusive to ticket holders.

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  • Give us a Radio Wave!

    Give us a Radio Wave!

    04 Feb 2016

    GB talks live to BBC Lancashire

    The Gibbon Bridge Hotel’s Katherine Swarbrick took to the airwaves this morning to tell BBC Radio Lancashire listeners about our popular events for lone travelling guests.

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  • Award Celebration for the Gibbon Bridge Hotel

    Award Celebration for the Gibbon Bridge Hotel

    02 Feb 2016

    The Gibbon Bridge Hotel’s award-winning streak has continued into 2016 after reaching the finals of the prestigious LBV Red Rose Awards.

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  • Strictly Come to our Afternoon Tea Dance

    Strictly Come to our Afternoon Tea Dance

    31 Jan 2016

    Does your heart beat for ballroom? Does the Quick Step send you in a spin? Are you wooed by the waltz or a lover of Latin dance?

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  • Romance on the menu at the Gibbon Bridge

    Romance on the menu at the Gibbon Bridge

    26 Jan 2016

    Woo your Valentine with our plates of passion!

    It’s getting HOT in the Gibbon Bridge kitchen as chef creates a mouthwatering menu of ‘love foods’ for Valentine’s Day Dinner.

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  • Five-Star Skies Booked for Gibbon Bridge Guests

    Five-Star Skies Booked for Gibbon Bridge Guests

    21 Jan 2016

    Celestial Calendar for 2016

    As scientists reveal they’ve found a ninth new planet in our solar system - there has never been a better time to explore the skies for stars, galaxies and comets.

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  • It Could Be You! Lucky Dates to tie the knot in 2016

    It Could Be You! Lucky Dates to tie the knot in 2016

    11 Jan 2016

    It Could Be You! Lucky Dates to tie the knot in 2016

    Fresh from the success of our wedding fair earlier this month - wedding dates are booking up fast.

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  • Lights, Camera, Action!

    Lights, Camera, Action!

    22 Dec 2015

    Musical Movie Filmed at the Gibbon Bridge

    On an otherwise peaceful winter’s day, the Gibbon Bridge came alive with the sound of music as solo artists from across the region gathered to perform in our Orangery.

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  • Romance is on the rise in Lancashire!

    Romance is on the rise in Lancashire!

    16 Dec 2015

    Civil weddings have increased by 8 per cent across the county – and the Gibbon Bridge Hotel has seen a record number of proposals in 2015.

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  • Making Christmas Decorations and Special Memories at the Gibbon Bridge

    Making Christmas Decorations and Special Memories at the Gibbon Bridge

    08 Dec 2015

    Festive fans gathered in our Orangery to learn how to create seasonal door wreaths and Christmas candle lanterns.

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  • Christmas has arrived!

    Christmas has arrived!

    01 Dec 2015

    Christmas has arrived at the Gibbon Bridge Hotel with an awe-inspiring extravaganza of seasonal trimmings . . . sure to put you in the Yuletide Mood.

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  • Vote Gibbon Bridge

    Vote Gibbon Bridge

    24 Nov 2015

    Vote for Gibbon Bridge for the Great Northern Wedding Awards 2016. 

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  • Surprise surprise!

    Surprise surprise!

    08 Sep 2015

    We have recently had some surprises sprung...

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  • Wedding fever…

    Wedding fever…

    27 Aug 2015

    August has been a whirlwind of weddings. They have all been beautiful with some wonderful ideas that make each one unique to the happy couple.

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  • A Country Wedding…

    A Country Wedding…

    10 Jun 2015

    Our bride on Saturday really had the day sussed with her hair in a fabulous plat and a gorgeous figure hugging dress so the breeze did not put a hair or a dress out of place!

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  • Summer has arrived!

    Summer has arrived!

    29 May 2015

    Summer must have arrived at Gibbon Bridge because the #hanging baskets are going out -@BBCLancashire @visitlancashire -yesterday morning they were in the Greenhouse and now they have found their homes for the summer around the hotel #gardens

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  • Farming Wedding

    Farming Wedding

    28 May 2015

    One of last weekend's #weddings definitely had a farming theme... a great idea for the name cards and can you guess what sort of farming they do??

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  • Afternoon Tea Dance - 3rd September

    Afternoon Tea Dance - 3rd September

    23 May 2015

    We are very excited about holding our first Tea Dance in the New Conservatory!

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  • Wine Tasting Evening

    Wine Tasting Evening

    19 May 2015

    Great fun was had at the wine tasting on Friday - some controversial wines from some unlikely places; India, Romania, Georgia & Corsica...

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  • Double Take!

    Double Take!

    14 May 2015

    We were very honoured when Fiona and Nick decided to get married here at Gibbon Bridge.  Fiona's parents held their wedding reception here over 30 years ago - it looks like only yesterday!

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  • A beautiful day…

    A beautiful day…

    13 May 2015

    After a very wet and miserable start to the day on Saturday we watched the mist roll away from the fell and by the time our happy couple were set to get wed the sun came out - putting the icing on the cake to a fabulous day!

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  • Musical Afternoon Teas

    Musical Afternoon Teas

    06 May 2015

    It might be raining today but we are looking forward to our Musical Afternoon Tea later today. The garden is looking very green and hopefully by 3.30pm the sun may make an appearance...

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  • Sunny Day in Lancashire

    Sunny Day in Lancashire

    21 Apr 2015

    Another sunny day in Lancashire means we can open the doors and let the sunshine in!  Join us for lunch and make the most of this beautiful weather and our new menu...

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  • Gibbon Bridge Hotel: Valentines Weekend

    Gibbon Bridge Hotel: Valentines Weekend

    04 Feb 2014

    Enjoy a romantic night away on either Friday 14th or Saturday 15th February in the wonderful Forest of Bowland and the luxurious Gibbon Bridge Hotel.

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"quality and class without losing the old comfortable environment."

After 44 yrs in business with continued growth and customer satisfaction my wife and I know what is required to achieve this.  For many years we have had monthly visits to Janet Simpson’s GB and restaurant for meals and the occasional stay.  We have seen how with every alteration and addition Janet has always managed to keep adding a touch of quality and class without losing the old comfortable environment.  Janet has built a business to be proud of and deserves every  praise because Gibbon Bridge as seen today would not be there without the dedication and effort that she has put into it.

"We had an amazing day"

I just wanted to say a massive thank you our wedding could not have been more perfect.  Your team guided us through the day effortlessly, keeping everything running smoothly so all we had to do was concentrate on our wedding day and our guests.  From Friday I thought both rooms and the bar looked the part and they did not disappoint on the day.  The food was superb, with all our guests making comments of how delicious and perfectly cooked it all was….  We had an amazing day and would not change a thing, please pass on our sincere thanks to all involved.

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