Rimington pub given tourist accommodation boost

County Councillor Albert Atkinson with Katherine from the Black Bull.
County Councillor Albert Atkinson with Katherine from the Black Bull.

A REGENERATED Ribble Valley inn has reopened five bedrooms to provide new accommodation for tourists, thanks to “Rosebud” – investment finance from Lancashire County Council.

The Black Bull Country Inn and Restaurant, Rimington, is owned and run by husband and wife team Katherine Lachance and Steve Hodgson.

The new finance has allowed them to refurbish five existing unused bedrooms at the inn, which haven’t been available to the public for 60 years. The funding for the new rooms enables the company to offer their award-winning dining events with the option of accommodation, allowing the business to grow further. The Black Bull’s French cuisine is unique to the area providing a boost for local tourism.

Funding for Rosebud is provided by Lancashire County Developments Ltd – the county council’s economic development company – as part of the council’s broad package of investment and advice. It is managed on their behalf by Enterprise Ventures.

Katherine said: “Our dining guests, both local and from further afield, have been requesting accommodation for quite some time. It’s very exciting to now be able to offer it.

“The new bedrooms help us provide a better range; offering complete wedding packages, holidays in a fantastic Ribble Valley location or a lovely place to retire to after a delicious meal.”

County Coun. Albert Atkinson, deputy leader of the council and representative for Ribble Valley North East, said: “Tourism brings many visitors to the Ribble Valley. It is important we have places where people can enjoy a good meal or stay for the night, so that they can make the most of this wonderful area.

“Katherine and Steve both have very strong backgrounds in business and hopefully they’ll be able to bring this knowledge to the Black Bull and be part of a thriving local business community.”