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A Warm Welcome in the Heart of Brampton

When Ruth and Andrew Seggie took over the Howard Arms in December last year they were determined to return the Inn back to its traditional role at the heart of the community. Charles Dickens spent time there back in the 19th century and while the warm welcome is still the same, a total refurbishment has […]

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Helping you get your five a day – Our fruity cocktails

fruity cocktails Sip into spring and summer with our fresh new cocktail suggestions.   The Hurricane This cocktail is proof that necessity is the mother of invention. When faced with a glut of rum in the 1940s, New Orleans bar owner Benson O’Brien came up with a brilliant, but simple solution – design a rum-heavy cocktail […]

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Beer Festivals – When and Where

We’re rapidly heading into warmer weather and beer festival season.  Here’s some of the best our region has to offer.   Egremont Beer Festival, Egremont Rugby Union Club  14 – 15 June   The Egremont Rugby Union Club Beer Festival goes from strength to strength, it’s now one of the most highly anticipated dates on the summer […]

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A local beer with plenty of air miles

Ennerdale Brewery has always offered beers that are distinct, full of flavour and uniquely Cumbrian. So it won’t surprise beer lovers to learn that the key ingredient to their latest creation has been collected within ten miles – as the bee flies – from the brewery. According to owner Paul Zanacchi, using local products is […]

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John Watt and Son Flying the flag in The Rum Story

You will spot a familiar sign (or smell) on the streets of Whitehaven very soon, as Carlisle’s oldest coffee roasters and tea blenders John Watt and Son are working with The Rum Story in running their café onsite, both historic establishments in Cumbria. Celia MacKenzie, Commissioner and Chief Executive of the Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners, said: […]

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Getting the low down on Italian wine

Italian wine By Gerard Richardson MBE Italy is a confusing country when it comes to wine with so many different varieties and styles, there’s thousands of producers so let me make it easier for you. If you fancy a red, aim for Tuscany and if you fancy a white, pick up a Pinot Grigio. Yes […]

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Local brewers add extra bite

Brewdog may be included in the ranks of the mega-breweries with pubs spread across the globe but they have not forgotten their days as tiny independent brewers. They started out as two guys and a dog selling beer out of the back of a van so they know how hard it is to gain a […]

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Throw another burger on the grilla

Sam Hendley has a passion for outdoor cooking and his new burger van, Grill Monkeys, is a chance to share his food with the people of Carlisle.  As the weather warms up Grill Monkeys will offer something different as the menu expands to include smoked meats and chicken wings alongside the old favourites. “I really […]

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Food Glorious Food!

There’s a new food shop in town and it might seem familiar. Food Glorious food recently opened their doors, having left the indoor market where they have been trading for over 10 years. Adam and Dawn have taken a huge leap and have now moved into their own building, but don’t worry they are still […]

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Warm welcome for adventurers

Nent Hall Country Hotel Every visitor to Cumbria is aware of the Lake District but the true adventurers know there’s more to the county than the National Park. Cumbria is a huge and with a sparse population much of it is empty and filled with huge areas of wild, open and largely undiscovered places. The […]

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