Written by, Charles Haigh. Director from November 2014.
I first came to the Ribble Valley in 1988 as an area manger with Beverly Hotels London limited. I was on the lookout for further acquisitions for the company and had heard of the Foxfields - a very prestigious restaurant and single function room set in the glorious Ribble Valley with breathtaking views! I was so impressed that I recommended that the company buy it. They built 28 suited bedrooms (each with their own sitting room), extended the function room and increased the size of the restaurant. Subsequently, the company was sold and during the following years, the new owners built a further 16 club rooms with dressing rooms and a leisure club equipped with a small gymnasium, steam room, sauna and swimming pool.
As you can imagine, when I heard the Foxfields Country Hotel was for sale I jumped at the chance to put the love and excitement back into the building. Luckily, my enthusiasm was well supported by my wife, Jean, who has also gained vast experience in hotels by running our own local hotel for nine years (which we sold in 2007), and working as a course director for teaching front office systems and sales at a large college in the South of England . Fortunately our son, David, was also keen to be involved as General Manager. He is dedicated to hotels and restaurants as since leaving university he has worked successfully in managerial positions at local establishments including Mitton Hall, The Pines Hotel at Chorley and the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, developing a wealth of experience from these positions.
Now to the future... The hotel has been going through a refurbishment (while still maintaining our high standard of service throughout and keeping disruption to a minimum). This has included a complete new restaurant and bar, serving cocktails, afternoon tea and exciting dishes involving a touch of fun and theatre. The restaurant opened on August 5th 2017 and is proving to be a great success for those dining, celebrating, relaxing, enjoying cocktails on the terrace and those meeting up.
Whether it is a wedding or a conference for 200 guests or a meal just for 2, I hope you will come and enjoy the superb views of the Ribble Valley and feel the magic of the Foxfields.