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It’s Wine O’Clock!

By Gerard Richardson MBE  Life really is too short to drink poor wine.  It’s easy to fall into the trap of buying sub £5 a bottle wines to save cash but is it really good value? Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, he’s a wine merchant so of course he will say no but for […]

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A Wee Slice of Irish in Carlisle

A former nurse is bringing a taste of Ireland to Carlisle, with the opening of the city’s first traditional irish cafe.  A qualified nurse, until recently Lynda Robinson worked full time at the Cumberland Infirmary. She would occasionally turn up at the hospital with homemade breads for her colleagues and their fondness of them eventually […]

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Kitchen Reporter – Carol Blamire – Aikton Arms

Head chef and owner at the Aikton Arms, Carol Blamire unexpectedly stumbled upon her love of cooking while in Europe. She worked in France before returning home to train and now enjoys nothing more than bringing everyone together over a prime cut of meat, with all the trimmings. How long have you been a chef? […]

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Kitchen Reporter – Flavour

The saying too many cooks spoil the broth, is not the case when it comes to Flavour in Workington. A friendly.A family run business, preparing their delicious tapas dishes is very much a team effort. Chefs, Andy Farr, Becca Tremble and Kev Walsh, all with varied backgrounds and experience, make up what they like to […]

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Saddleworth Cheese Company Comes to Supermarkets Near You

From the Weatherfield cobbles, to the Saddleworth Cheese Company, Sean Wilson has come a long way and now cheese lovers can pick up his products in their local supermarket. It’s a long time since Gail’s hapless husband Martin Platt, waved farewell to Weatherfield and challenged himself to become an artisan cheesemaker. Driven by his fascination […]

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Kitchen Reporter – Francisco, Lorca Restaurant

Originally from Granada in Spain, Francisco Aparicio, brought a taste of his home cuisine to Carlisle when he opened his restaurant, Lorca, last year. Working in the industry since he was 15, Francisco has almost two decades of experience and is just as passionate front of house, as he is in the kitchen. Did you […]

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From Papers to Pub Grub…

The Royal Oak in Beckermet has been given a new lease of life, under the new management of Carol and Carol. The pub had previously stood empty, until seasoned chef, Carol Minto and her partner, Carol Belll, took over and reopened its doors to the public in April. The couple are no stranger to entrepreneurism, […]

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Expansion for Popular Village Pub

The couple behind a popular local pub have doubled the size of their dining room to cope with increasing demand. Due to high demand and increasing popularity, the owners of The Bridge End Inn at Dalston have expanded their restaurant. The new extension, which took 6 weeks to complete, opened at the end of March. […]

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The Screes Inn prepares to be taken over by award-winning and respected hoteliers

Its good news for Nether Wasdale as popular local pub, The Screes Inn prepares to be taken over by award-winning and respected hoteliers, Mark and Lesley Corr. Situated in the small village of Nether Wasdale and surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, The Screes Inn has acted as a thirst quenching hotspot for tourists and locals alike […]

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Scandi – Chic Comes To Cumbria

Popular Whitehaven cafe reopens after major refurbishment A restaurant in Whitehaven has reopened this week bringing with it one of the coolest Scandinavian trends – hygge. Anna’s, in Millennium Promenade, closed six weeks ago for a Scandi-style makeover as owner Anna Lowe decided to take the harbourside venue in a new direction with a new […]

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