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Amato’s – a Taste of Sicily in the city centre

2020 marks a double celebration for Rosa and Filippo Amato, it’s the 5th birthday of their popular family-run restaurant and the 60th anniversary of the family moving to Carlisle from Sicily.   Amato’s sits in Carlisle’s historic quarter on the cobbles of Abbey Street, right by the gates to Carlisle Cathedral.  It’s an atmospheric part of […]

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Brizzi times at The Briery, Stainburn

Brizzi times at The Briery.  Margaret Brizzi may be the new owner of The Briery in Stainburn but long-time locals and regular diners will recognise her familiar face. Margaret successfully ran the pub for fifteen years before retiring three years ago, during her reign at the helm the pub offered a renowned menu and held […]

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Woodlands Tearooms in Santon Bridge – A Local Icon 

The prospect of running the iconic Woodlands Tearooms in Santon Bridge was both exciting and daunting to new owners Kelly McGrath and Paul Nightingale. “We wanted to do something for ourselves, something we could do together, make our own and be proud of,” explained Paul. “My background is in IT and Kelly’s is accounting, we’d […]

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Get Stranded in Whitehaven

The revamped Strand in Whitehaven is the perfect place to unwind after a busy working week but owner, Lindsay Bell, said its central location makes it much more than a place to gather on Friday and Saturday nights.  “We are open from half eleven Wednesday through to Sunday and we’re more than just a bar.  […]

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Yellowjacket – World-Class Cocktails in Carlisle

Yellowjacket – World-Class Cocktails in Carlisle Yellowjacket on Warwick Road has recently undergone a funky revamp that’s as colourful as the cocktails they specialise in. The cocktail bar is the vision of Carlisle born Cameron Ellis who fell in love with the art of cocktail making while he was travelling:  “I used to work at […]

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The Best Cocktails from Yellowjacket

Yellowjacket is a stylish little bar in Carlisle run by Cameron Ellis who fell in love with the art of cocktail making while travelling abroad.  He brought his skills back to Carlisle last year and his bar pits itself against the very best in the world.  If inspiration takes hold readers might like to have […]

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Chorizo, cheeses and churros

Set on the banks of the River Greta, La Rosa Roja offers stunning views of Skiddaw and Latrigg while dishing out the best of Spain with an authentic tapas experience.   The historic Grade II listed building was left derelict after Storm Desmond in 2015 but new owners, Lindsey Berry and Peter Mounfield restored the premises […]

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Only One Royal Yew

On a frozen winter night, The Royal Yew in Dean looks cosy and inviting. The bar is filled with chatting locals by the log fire and it looks like a traditional village pub but first impressions only give half the story, because The Royal Yew has carved out a unique reputation as a destination for […]

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Get festive at the Queens in Warwick-on-Eden

Jenni Collins and Neet McFarlane recently packed up their life in Hertfordshire to take over The Queens in Warwick-on-Eden.  The pair met working in the aged care industry down south but a change of direction brought them to the cosy community country pub on the outskirts of Carlisle.  It’s an area Neet has always felt […]

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Ennerdale – The Shepherds Arms

The Shepherds Arms Why do tens of thousands of walkers attempt Wainwright’s coast to coast?  The answer is quite simple… because it’s one of the worlds great walks.  People flock from places like Australia and America for the famous walk and the Shepherds Arms, in the centre of Ennerdale Bridge, is where many weary walkers […]

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