08 June, 2009
Forbes Solicitors recently advised on the exciting expansion of Lancashire-based Ribble Valley Inns. The company already has restaurants in Mitton, Kirkby Lonsdale and Pleasington and will open its fourth, The Bull at Broughton near Skipton at the end of June.
Diana Robertson a senior Commercial Property Solicitor at Forbes Solicitors in Preston advised on the grant of the 15 year lease for the property, with support from Charlotte Wood on the business law elements and Ruth Coffey on employment matters. Stuart Shorthouse dealt with the licensing.
The Bull is a beautiful listed building which is being tastefully refurbished and Forbes are delighted to be associated with such a high quality venture. RVI was the brainchild of Nigel Howarth and Craig Bancroft, co-proprietors of Northcote, the Michelin Starred restaurant and 14 bedroom hotel in the heart of Lancashire's Ribble Valley.
Haworth, star of BBC2's Great British Menu, has long harbored a desire to create dishes that are the very essence of Yorkshire and the Bull on the edge of the Dales National Park provides a perfect platform. "So many of the North's most talented producers are only a stone's throw from Broughton Hall...including many of Yorkshire's legendary cheesemakers", says Nigel.
"I'm already talking to as many producers as I can...people like Pasture Lane Asparagus, Pickering's Watercress, Makin's Strawberries and Fortune's Kippers. These are wonderful ingredients and I can't wait to start developing dishes with the Head Chef and kitchen brigade."