Chipping hotel takes top awards

Gibbon Bridge Hotel  triple award win: Caption: L-R: Head gardener Robert Lowe, Gibbon Bridge proprietor Janet Simpson and North West in Bloom Chairman/Judge Bill Blackledge).
Gibbon Bridge Hotel triple award win: Caption: L-R: Head gardener Robert Lowe, Gibbon Bridge proprietor Janet Simpson and North West in Bloom Chairman/Judge Bill Blackledge).

A Ribble Valley hotel is celebrating after a successful 2015 for picking up prizes.

The Gibbon Bridge Hotel and Restaurant at Chipping earned a string of industry gongs and a recent triple whammy.

The independently-owned four-star country hotel took North West in Bloom’s Glass Trophy, a gold award for ‘Best Large Accommodation and Grounds,’ and Lancashire’s Best Kept Hotel in the Best Kept Village Award.

North West in Bloom judge and horticultural expert Bill Blackledge presented the latest award.

He said: “The Gibbon Bridge is one of the jewels in the crown for North West in Bloom.

“The landscaping is first class and it matches the décor and standards inside the hotel.

“It really is one of the finest hotels in the North West and Janet and the team thoroughly deserve winning North West in Bloom and the gold medal.”

Gibbon Bridge proprietor Janet Simpson added: “We are genuinely thrilled to receive these fantastic awards. There are 23 acres of grounds here at the hotel, including the al fresco dining areas, and they take a lot of maintaining all year round.

“With the addition of a brand new conservatory built earlier this year, the gardens have needed more work than ever. You could say our garden is an ongoing labour of love.

“We have rebuilt and extended the terrace and revamped the water feature areas, oriental pond, and rockery. We really are very proud of what we have to offer here.”

The Gibbon Bridge fought off stiff competition from other top venues across Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside to scoop the overall awards for the hotel, restaurant and gardens.

To hotel’s other 2015 awards include Quality in Tourism.

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Gibbon Bridge head gardener Robert Lowe, proprietor Janet Simpson and North West in Bloom chairman/judge Bill Blackledge).