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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 – Our Wild Escape

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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From the Land of a Thousand Smiles

Star of Siam All too often the worst part of going on holiday is the jolt as your plane touches down under the grey skies of Blighty. If you came back from Thailand, you probably had a perfect holiday.  Whether you swam in the azure waters, bustled your way through the roadside street stalls or […]

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Top House – Love your Local

Top House – Love your Local It doesn’t matter whether you call it the Little’s Arms or Top House because everyone is welcome at the watering hole.  It’s your local. Having completed the internal refurbishment, landlady Kath is delighted with the results: “The pub was looking tired so it was time for a freshen up.  […]

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St Nicholas Arms, London Road – Love Your Local

St Nicholas Arms, London Road – Love Your Local If you’re looking for a top-notch local pub then you really can’t go past The St Nicholas Arms on London Road.  Alison Mitchell realised what a gem it was when she took over the pub earlier this year: “It’s one of the most beautiful pubs in […]

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Casa Romana – Traditionally Italian. Proudly Cumbrian

Casa Romana Trends change quickly in the modern world and foods that were popular last week can seem little more than a fad today. S So when a restaurant has remained a firm favourite for 27 years they must be doing something right.  Casa Romana, on Warwick Road, has served Carlisle families for generations and […]

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Howard Arms not Howards way

Howard Arms – A step back in time

Walking into the recently refurbished Howard Arms on Lowther Street is a delight for people looking for a pub packed with charm. The green and gold Doulton tiles out front give every indication something special awaits inside and as soon as you step through the door the central bar beckons, as do the cheeky bar […]

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Good Food Guide – Star of Siam

Since taking the Star of Siam, in Keswick, two years ago, Ian McGregor and his wife Wanlapha, have strived to bring the authentic taste of Thailand to Keswick and a recent nomination for the Good Food Awards is proof the couple are on the right track.   Nomination for the prestigious awards came as a shock […]

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Sizzling Stone – Perfectly cooked every time

Keswick’s steak restaurant, The Sizzling Stone, has gone from strength to strength over the past five years. Owners Alison and Jason Dodson are delighted because initially, they only wanted to test out a novel idea. “There wasn’t a steak restaurant in Keswick at the time,” explained Jason.  “We’d owned and run Ravensworth House for ten […]

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