It is many years since I've been to Stirk House but like fine wine it's just got better with age. This visit was for my son's wedding, and how wonderful it was. The trays of drinks on arrival were well spread so people could get in without queues and the choice was good too. It's also an excellent venue for the photographs as the grounds are immaculate. The reception was fantastic with excellent food and a well organised staff, especially the Maitre D with a list of who had ordered what and were they were seated. Consequently the food was served just like your favourite restaurant, hot and tasty and plenty of it. In fact if I had a complaint it was that there was too much as full plates were accompanied by extra food in dishes, most of which went untouched. After the meal I booked in to our room. We were in the annex (Room 46) but we did not mind as the view was fantastic, and accompanied in the morning by a solo concert from a mistle thrush against a glorious sunrise. The beds were wonderfully soft and comfy, though for someone with short legs they were a bit of a mountain to climb into.
I have 1 minor concern about the room which is that the bathroom could do with a refurb.but it did not change our overall view of our stay.
Breakfast was stunning. Central in the dining room was a handcart full of breakfast starters and cold meats and fish. After a bowl of cereal I succumbed to the full grill. Given that Stirk uses local producers for cooked food it was not a full English but a full Ribble Valley and all the better for it. Again a full plate arrived followed a couple of minutes later by a man with a silver salver with bacon, sausage and tomato asking if you'd like extras. I admit to another sausage. Alas all too soon we had to leave feeling that the staff and venue had added to the joy of our Jimmy marrying his Sara.
One final comment. The hotel deserves praise for the conservation work it's doing, using the amount of land it has to encourage wildlife. Maybe going that extra mile is what makes Stirk so good, long may it continue.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Stirk House Experience - where 16th-century charm meets 21st-century luxury. A 16th-century Manor House complete with 32 en-suite bedrooms, restaurant, bar, function rooms and Leisure Centre, with indoor swimming pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stirk Hotel Gisburn
- Stirk House Hotel Gisburn, Lancashire