Award-winning chef takes on White Bull at Gisburn

Simon Salt at the White Bull

Professional Masterchef quarter finalist,Lancashire Young Chef of the Year, North West Young Chef of the Year and Gordon Ramsay Scholar finalist, Simon Salt, has taken on the lease of the White Bull at Gisburn. He and his team plan to transform the pub into a fantastic food, quality beer and cask ale pub for locals and visitors to the area.

The £380k refurbishment of the pub began this week and will be completed in the second half of November, opening in time for the Christmas season.  The changes will include the addition of four new letting rooms and upgrading of the existing four as well as the addition of a function room for private hire for weddings, parties and business meetings. 

As a result of the refurbishment, nine jobs are being created at the pub including three chefs and six front of house staff.

Prior to taking on the White Bull, Simon worked in Michelin-starred establishments in Wales and Spain and at Northcote Manor and The Devonshire Arms.

Says Simon: “I’ve been looking for the right pub for a long time, so I was delighted when I found the White Bull as it ticked all my boxes. It’s a lovely characterful pub in a great location.  As the only pub in the village, it also has an important role to play with the community, which I’m looking forward to becoming a part of.

“The White Bull is going to be a real village pub where people can eat or drink or do both. It will offer a classic quality food menu done well at affordable prices with specials changing on a regular basis. I shall be sourcing ingredients from local suppliers and placing emphasis on the great produce in the area.”

Says Chris Jowsey, trading director of Star Pubs & Bars:  “We’re delighted that Simon has taken on the lease of the White Bull.  Simon is undoubtedly a talented and visionary chef.  His skills and the plans for the pub will be hugely beneficial for the village, broadening the pub’s appeal and ensuring its future at the heart of the community.”