Gibbon Bridge scoops top tourism award

Janet Simpson with Michael Ranson

Janet Simpson with Michael Ranson

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An award-winning Ribble Valley hotel has scooped the Quality Tourism Award in a ceremony honouring the finest hospitality operators in the area.

The Gibbon Bridge Hotel, in Chipping, which is run by proprietor Janet Simpson, was commended for both excellent service and the addition of a stunning designer conservatory at her four-star hotel and restaurant nestled deep in the Forest of Bowland.

Delighted with her latest accolade, Janet, who has spent the past 25 years turning her childhood home into a magnificent venue, said: “The team and I are thrilled to have been honoured by the Ribble Valley Tourism Association.

“This beautiful building was once my childhood home and it has been a lifelong labour of love bringing it to the beautiful building we can share with guests today.”

The new conservatory provides a stunning vista via bi-folding doors and takes in views of the 23-acres of landscaped gardens.

Inside the conservatory, the acquisition of two magnificent glass chandeliers adds a touch of pure opulence.

This beautiful building was once my childhood home and it has been a lifelong labour of love bringing it to the beautiful building we can share with guests today

Proprietor Janet Simpson

In addition, Janet and her team have created a kitchen garden, which inspires ever-changing menus with impeccable ingredients – fresh and incredibly tasty.

Janet, who last year was awarded the Tourism Champion accolade, was presented with her glass trophy by Ribble Valley Mayor Michael Ranson.

Nominated by both her peers and the public, the event was held at Browsholme Hall.

The awards, now in its second year, are organised by the Ribble Valley Tourism Association and aim to celebrate innovation and excellence within the industry.