Tedd and Liz Walmsley visit Gilpin Spice – the latest addition to the Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
Our annual pilgrimage to Gilpin Hotel & Lake House were two well-earned days of rest and relaxation, which this year fortuitously coincided with the eagerly anticipated opening of Gilpin Spice.
This purpose built new addition blended perfectly into its surroundings and was designed by architect Ben Cunliffe – yet another talented member of the Cunliffe family. The building is sympathetic to the ethos created throughout the hotel and the interior design had all the hallmarks and attention to detail which are synonymous with the Gilpin brand.
Christine Cunliffe and Sarah Jane Neilson have created a backdrop worthy of the fine food we were about to enjoy. The more relaxed style of Spice means that a two-night stay can be combined with a meal at the newly crowned Michelin star restaurant located within the hotel.
We spent our second day walking and Christmas shopping and enjoying the full spa experience at the lodge and a quieter, more informal evening was our choice for our second evening. Whilst the emphasis is on a more relaxed environment, there is absolutely no compromise on the impeccable service standards and whilst the team have only been in place a short time, they were both knowledgeable and passionate about the food and its origins.
A tapas style menu creates an opportunity to share a diverse selection of nibbles and dishes from throughout Asia, which can be tailored to suit your appetite. Barney C and Hrishikesh have begun a series of journeys to the origins of the spice trails, which brings both authenticity and taste to the dishes they serve. I’m not going to dwell on the food in this article as we’ll be giving Ribble Valley readers a chance to win their own experience in next month’s competition – suffice to say the dinner was delicious and Gilpin Spice looks to be the final jigsaw piece to complete a near perfect experience.