Bowland’s newest B&B set to boost area’s tourist trade

Helena and Matthew Lewis
Helena and Matthew Lewis

Clitheroe’s award winning tourism promoter Simon Entwistle – famous for his ghost walks and Ribble Valley tours – will officially open the Trough of Bowland’s newest B&B this Friday.

Special guests at the opening of Clerk Laithe Lodge and Bowmans Rest will also 
include the Mayor of the Ribble Valley, Coun. 
Richard Sherras, and Mayor of Clitheroe, Coun. Kevin Horkin.

There will also be representatives from Ribble Valley Tourism, Made in Lancashire, the Visit Lancashire Tourist Board, Forest of Bowland AONB and the Ramblers’ Association.

Enterprising husband and wife team Matthew and 
Helena Lewis have invested a lot of time and energy into their new venture, which brings a brand new bed and breakfast offering outstanding accommodation to the Trough of Bowland.

Located in the heart of the Hodder Valley, just outside Newton-in-Bowland, the newly-built Clerk Laithe Lodge offers five luxurious en suite guest rooms, while Bowmans Rest offers delicious home cooked food for up to 14 guests.

At weekends, members of the public are also welcomed for mouthwatering light lunches and afternoon teas featuring irresistible homemade cakes.

Matthew commented: “It has been a very exciting two years getting Clerk Laithe off the ground.

“We are delighted to be opening in the year in which we are celebrating 50 years as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and I’m confident our lodge will help attract more visitors to the area and help boost the local economy.

Helena added: “We’re committed to providing top notch traditional, locally sourced home cooked food and cakes which I’m sure will be very well received by our visitors.

“Our standards are very high and we have been awarded a five star rating for food hygiene by Ribble Valley Council.”