The latest news from Ribby Hall Village

Lovely Weather for Ducks

Posted on May 31st, 2012

We all new that the fabulous weather couldn’t last forever, another weekend would have been nice, but the gardens need the rain, and the ducks don’t seem to mind.

“How much for the cottage overlooking the pond?”


Seeing the cheeky ducks on the Village is one of the things that many of our guests look forward to, and feeding the ducks at the local park is often one of our first experiences of nature when we’re little. It surprised me to find out that these unnofficial symbols of Ribby are in fact on the amber list of species of conservation concern, due to a recent drop in their poulation nationally.

Our own Dizzy Duck, an endangered species?


This made me wonder which other birds on the lists of birds of conservation concern we are home to or visited by here at Ribby, and the results surprised me.

Red Listed Species Amber Listed Species

Herring Gull

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Song Thrush


House Sparrow

Tree Sparrow



Black Headed Gul

lCommon Gull

Stock Dove

Barn Owl




It makes me glad that I live and work in a place that is home to so many different species.

Next week is the RSPBs ‘Make Your Nature Count’ week, so why not come along on Tuesday or Wednesday and meet Jen, she’ll help you to spot these and some other species on the Village, and maybe even inspire you to have a go at a bit of nature spoting in your garden when you get home.

And just because these guys got such a lovely reaction on our Facebook page, here are some of our, thankfully thriving, mallard youngsters.


Bundles of Cute Fluffyness!

Here’s hoping we’ll see the sunshine again soon!


We found Keith!

Posted on May 23rd, 2012

The Elusive Keith

He exists! He really does! now that the threat of frost has completely passed (we hope) Keith has been able to get some of the young plants out into the beds, when we found him he was putting in some of the flowers that are used on the tables in some of our restaurants, but I spied in the greenhouse some other bits and pieces including leeks, pak choi and courgettes.

Ready to go out


Out in the garden, I was stunned by the range of the colour in the chard

Rainbow Chard!

I promise you, this photo is in no way doctored, that pink is amazing! can you imagine seeing this on your plate? It’s absolutely stunning!

In my state of foodie rapture, i did take quite a few pictures of food that’s not quire ready to eat yet. :)

Tomatoes to be
Red, Black or White currents?

As well as some that is! (or nearly)

After your meal…?

Rhubarb, I can taste it with homemade ice-cream!

Or do you prefer something savory…?

Caramelised Onion Chutney with your Lancashire Cheeseboard?

I’ve gone and made myself hungry again haven’t I?

Lydia x

May or March?

Posted on May 17th, 2012

We’ve been having some pretty interesting weather here these last couple of weeks, with cold wet and windy being the order of the day. I know that here in Lancashire we’re not exactly strangers to a spot of rain, and that some places have had snow this week(!) but I’m British, so have to comment on the weather.

In a rare break in the clouds I decided to clear my head and use the blog as an excuse to have a walk around The Village. I love that I get to work in a place that has such a lot of grounds, being in 106 acres means that you can stretch your legs on your lunch break and really feel like you’ve been out.

Weather for Ducks?

All of the wet weather seems to have agreed with the young family that came to meet me as I walked up towards the Spa Hotel, these youngsters were really very friendly and came really close to me as I stopped to take a picture, mum stayed a little further back and was quacking away, as if to say “now don’t you go too close to that human, you really don’t know where it’s been”

The wildflowers seem to be doing well too.

Floral Carpet

My photography isn’t great in this one, but I love these delicate little blue flowers and couldn’t leave them out of the post, especially as I managed to take the picture without getting stung by the nettles, I kept having to remind myself, they’re good for the butterflies!

I’m hoping the weather might improve soon, spring’s almost left us and I don’t feel like I’ve had much chance to enjoy it at all.




Posted on May 17th, 2012

Harrisons Bar, the Over 18s Bar located in the Health Club, Ribby Hall Village, re-opens its doors today following an impressive and extensive makeover by designer Lisa Power from Imd and Associates Ltd (Architectural and Interior Design).

The newly refurbished, adult-only, Harrisons Bar re-design has a more contemporary edge and includes a brand new bar with an innovative central island and water feature.  The interior has a mix of comfortable low seating and also high poseur tables, a new feature fire and several huge flat screen high definition televisions for showing major sporting events.

There is now a separate area for the pool table and the design incorporates a central timber floor, which doubles as a dance floor.  This, with a state-of-the-art sound & light system means that Harrisons Bar is now the perfect setting for its new live entertainment programme with acts being showcased on most Saturdays and Bank Holidays (refer to website for details).  There will also be a monthly quiz.

Harrisons will be serving different guest ales from Moorhouses & Thwaites Brewery alongside a new wine and cocktail menu and an extensive range of World Beers.

This is the first ‘makeover’ for Harrisons Bar since 2002 when the original Beaumonts Bar was transformed into Harrisons Bar.

Jonathan Wright, Bar Manager at Ribby Hall Village comments:  “We’re so pleased to be re-launching Harrisons Bar.  We think our members and guests will really benefit from the new look, new drinks menu and new entertainment programme on offer. It can be enjoyed in so many different ways now – exciting and fun times ahead!”

Designer Lisa Power from Imd and Assoc Ltd (Architectural and Interior Design) says: “We’re really pleased with the way Harrisons Bar is looking now.  It’s far more contemporary and there’s so much more on offer.  And watch this space as there’s more to come in June…!”


Posted on May 15th, 2012

 The Restaurant at Ribby Hall Village is down to the final three in the Fine Dining Category in the Radio Wave Culture and Lifestyle Awards 2012.

This is the third year the awards have been held to celebrate everything that is great on the Fylde Coast.  The listeners of RadioWave are invited to send in their nominations for each category and the three most popular shortlisted to win an award.


The Awards Ceremony, when the winners are announced, takes place on Thursday, 31st May 2012 at a Black Tie event at the Hilton, Blackpool.


The Restaurant manager, Bevan Morgan-Middleton comments: “We’re absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for this award, especially as the nominations come from our customers who enjoy the food and ambience at The Restaurant.  It’s a great acknowledgement to the hard work of our team and the skill of Simon Ball, our talented head chef.  Please vote for us – we’d love to win!!”.


Voting closes at midnight on Sunday 27th May 2012.  To vote for The Restaurant at Ribby Hall Village visit!!


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