A blooming good year for Lancashire hotel

PROUD: Janet Simpson
PROUD: Janet Simpson
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Lancashire’s Gibbon Bridge Hotel and Restaurant is celebrating a string of industry gongs – and a recent triple whammy.

The latest accolades saw the independently-owned country hotel take 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.

Presenting the North West in Bloom Awards to proprietor Janet Simpson and head gardener Robert Lowe, was judge and horticultural expert Bill Blackledge.

Mr Blackledge 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.”

Janet, owner of the hotel in Chipping, near Preston, said: “We are genuinely thrilled to receive these fantastic awards.

“There are 23-acres of grounds here at the hotel 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.”

Janet added: “We have rebuilt and extended the terrace and revamped the water feature areas, oriental pond, and rockery.

“We are very proud of what we have to offer here.”

The Gibbon Bridge fought off stiff competition from many other prestigious venues across the North West to scoop the overall award for the hotel, restaurant and gardens.