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Keeping it in the family. The Blacksmiths Arms will make you feel at home.

In 1997 Don Jackson and his wife Emma took over the Blacksmiths Arms in the pretty village of Talkin just outside of Brampton.  It was a steep learning curve for the couple who had no experience in the industry.  21 years later and the traditional country-inn can rightly claim to be a real family-affair as […]

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Ennerdale Brewery welcomes a new chef

The new chef at The Brewery Tap, is introducing an evening menu to cater for everyone – and he promises traditional food and real meals.  The Ennerdale Craft Brewery’s onsite eatery, The Brewery Tap, has been succeeding as a quirky, laid-back cafe for years. Offering delicious homemade food and craft beers brewed just next door, […]

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After a huge summer of big festivals Twisted Wheel still feeling the love for smaller venues

In his first interview at The Guide Craig Wishart chats with Twisted Wheel’s Johnny Brown.   Twisted Wheel’s gig at the Yellow Earl is sold out, if you haven’t got tickets, it’s bad luck I’m afraid.  I don’t need to encourage people to go out and see them because even though Twisted Wheel don’t get […]

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Beer Garden

Beer Gardens: Five Of The Best

At the first sight of sunshine, put on the sun cream and escape to the country to enjoy a beer in the great outdoors. We found some of the best beer gardens in and around Carlisle to enjoy a cold one this summer. The Crown Inn Stanwix Probably the most unique spot in the city […]

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Cocktails: Five Simple Summer Recipes

Now that the weather’s looking up, the long summer evenings were made to be savoured in the garden, with a cocktail in hand. We’ve got all your favourite spirits covered with these five simple recipes for cocktails, perfect for making your own concoctions at home.   Lanique Lanique and Lime The lime’s bitterness is a […]

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The Green Room at Rosehill Theatre marks its first year

The Green Room restaurant at Whitehaven’s Rosehill Theatre is celebrating one year of cooking up a treat for customers. The restaurant, which launched on 1 June 2017 as part of Rosehill’s £3m transformation that was previewed by HRH The Prince of Wales, has become firmly established as a first-class venue serving classic food prepared with […]

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A trainspotters paradise

Hallmark Hotel: A Cumbrian Trainspotter’s Paradise

Train boffins looking for a tour of Britain’s historical railway sites can embark on the perfect break, relaxing in a home away from home at some of Hallmark Hotels’ most historic properties with long links to the rail network. Hallmark Hotel Carlisle sits just a porter’s stride from age-old train tracks, providing trainspotters with a great […]

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Carlisle Hallmark Hotel

Enjoy the newly-refurbished Hallmark Hotel Carlisle

There are few hotels in Carlisle that can boast such an enviable position. Just a short drive from the M6 and next to the main train station with trains every hour to London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh, if you’re got business in the city, there’s no better place to stay – and if you […]

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A Whole Lorca Love

May marks 18 months since Francisco Aparicio Hernandez brought a taste of the Granada cuisine to Carlisle, when he opened a Spanish restaurant in the city.   In the unsuspecting setting of Botchergate, there’s a feast for the eyes and a treat for the tastebuds. Not only do the authentic dishes served at Lorca taste divine, but they look […]

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Par Excellence at Scott’s Bistro

After more than 100 years of being members only, Carlisle Golf Club has opened to the public with its new restaurant Scott’s Bistro.  The bistro is named in honour of club legend Syd Scott, the Club Professional at Carlisle Golf Club from 1946 to 1957. He was runner-up at The Open at Royal Birkdale in […]

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