From Lazy Lunches and Delicious Sunday Roasts

To Cream Tea Treats and Al Fresco Feasts

The Gibbon Bridge has delicious food for every taste and mood

At the Gibbon Bridge Hotel – great food is where our heart is. Whether it is dinner in our elegant dining conservatory, or al fresco fun in the sun in our unique garden dining rooms,you can be assured of big flavours and exquisite presentation every time.
Our roaming geese and hens, brimming fruit and vegetable gardens, and plentiful poly tunnels provide all-year-round ingredients – fresh from plot to plate via chef’s kitchen and our in-house bakery.

Fruits and herbs are transformed into jams, biscuits, breads, cakes, pies and pastries, and all served throughout the season at our musical afternoon teas, lunches and dinners.
This year’s bumper harvest of vegetables are sliced, sautéed and served within hours of leaving the ground.

And our mouthwatering meats – the star of our legendary Sunday roasts – are sourced on our doorstep in the farm-rich Forest of Bowland.

There is so much choice in the way you can dine at the Gibbon Bridge. There is our stunning designer conservatory with a panoramic view of the award-winning gardens.

For private dining there are several options available such as the contemporary Orangery which adjoins the terrace, or the Cavalier Lounge with its open fire and comfy chairs.

But increasingly popular are our al fresco parties, with an outdoor wood-fired pizza oven, professional kitchen and outdoor eating areas, which are ideal come rain or shine.

Responding to the changing way in which many of our customers choose to dine these days, proprietor Janet Simpson was ahead of the game when she designed and created a unique foodie experience in the gardens.

Says Janet: “We’ve noticed an increasing demand for less traditional dining outside – and it is great for all the family – grandma, mum and grandchildren – to come and dine outside whether for fun or for celebrating an event.
“What we have created at the Gibbon Bridge is a series of outdoor ‘dining spaces’ – beautifully presented. I enjoy nothing more than being outside on the grill and being the group’s personal chef for the day.”

From the elegant glasshouse eating space to the quirky pergolas, Janet has created outdoor areas for people to gather and eat during the day or night and throughout the year.

Delicious al fresco dishes include sharing platters of seafood, tempura vegetables, ribs with plum sauce, Thai beef and char grilled tuna.

As day turns to night, strings of outdoor lighting, candelabras and ambient up-lighting brings each area to life.

Gibbon Bridge Hotel guests can hire out all the outdoor dining areas for a maximum of 60 friends, and the half an acre garden they stand in, for a full day and night of al fresco fun.
Adds Janet: “We expect al fresco wining and dining to continue to play a large part of our bookings this year throughout the summer. They were popular last year and throughout the winter where we cooked up heart-warming hotpots and casseroles.”

For those who prefer more formal dining the latest addition to this historic house is the designer conservatory with bi-folding doors running the length of the room.

Adds Janet: “I wanted to create something that could bring the outside in, and make the most of the incredible interior and exterior spaces we enjoy here at the Gibbon Bridge Hotel.

“The whole place has been a lifelong labour of love, and we are so proud to be able to present this new addition to our guests.”

The outdoor terrace has been extended to take in a stunning slice of the award-winning 23-acres of grounds, and the floral bandstand which has been a pictorial centrepiece for so many happy couples who have chosen to marry here.

Janet and her team – headed by Chef Gary Buxton – create their ever-changing menus inspired by the food growing in their gardens.

And what they can’t produce in their garden, greenhouses and poly tunnels, are carefully handpicked from the finest local suppliers.

The Bakery has been an integral part of the hotel’s operation since 1987 and produces a wonderful daily selection of fresh breads, confectionery, jams, ice cream and desserts.

It is here many secret Simpson family recipes are cooked up, such as their deliciouslemon cheese, served at breakfast and with afternoon teas.

If you expect the best, then be our guest at the Gibbon Bridge Hotel – serving fabulous, fresh food, seven days a week.

For more information about The Gibbon Bridge Hotel, visit the website:
Please contact reception for all bookings and enquiries on +44 (0) 1995 61456 or email:

Gibbon Bridge Hotel and Restaurant
Green Lane, Chipping, Forest of Bowland
Preston PR3 2TQ



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