The Best Possible Place…

The Black Bull has firmly established itself as one of the best gastro pubs in the region and it is starting the New Year in the best possible place, writes Tedd Walmsley

It’s been quite a year at the Black Bull at Old Langho. They were forced to close in early 2021, then re-opened outside in late spring and finally the opportunity in the back half of the year to bolster their position as one of the best gastro pubs in the Ribble Valley. Throw into the mix the challenges affecting the hospitality industry around staff recruitment and the odd four-day power cut, you can imagine owners Jamie and Becky Govier to be at their wits end. The reality is, they’ve taken it in their stride and continued to invest and start 2022 in the very best possible place.

Jamie and Becky have decided to give the team and the lovely old pub some time out to recover from an amazing yet exhausting last few months. The pub will be closed from Monday 10th January and re-open for a ‘Super Sunday’ on 16th January. I can imagine that Sunday to be amazing with the fully refreshed team eager to get back to what they do best – serving delicious food, offering their stellar service in what’s becoming an unrivalled atmosphere. A positive, perfect storm and one so many of us now feel a part of. The break is further testimony to the care and wellbeing shown to the team and, of course, the opportunity for any maintenance work to be carried out.

With the pub back up to full speed, attention will also move towards events in the first quarter of the year. Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away and I’ve no doubt romance will be firmly on the menu for a very special night on 14th February.

Entertainment will be provided by the great local singer Arthur Geldard and a lovingly prepared dinner served in the candlelit and intimate setting is there to be enjoyed. Please look out for the social media posts for the most up to date information on how to book, availability and pricing.

March of course sees the opportunity to treat our mums with another special Sunday. Food, wine and gifts – I can’t imagine a more versatile setting for all the generations to enjoy this special occasion. I do think booking early will be essential as even normal Sundays are often a sell-out, let alone with Ribble Valley mums in tow!

January often starts slowly for hospitality and if you are to go out can I ask you to consider the Black Bull? If ever a team of hard-working lovely individuals deserve your support, it’s the gang in Langho!

The Black Bull
Old Langho Road, Old Langho BB6 8AW
01254 248801



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