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71: Fell Brewery's Latest Project - New Bar In Kendal
Straight from the horse's mouth comes news of a new specialist Keg and Cask beer outlet opening soon in Kendal.
Andrew from Fell Brewery has just confirmed Fell Brewery's plan to open a tap house of their own in Kendal.
As Andrew says in his e-mail: 'It is indeed true! We are opening a beer bar selling both our own and many other keg and cask beers as well as good quality wines and some spirits. The opening date is TBC. We are currently in the process of completely renovating the premises and our intention is to open next month. I suspect we will just miss Easter and be opening towards the end of April'.
Remember you heard it here first, and keep checking back for updates. I intend to be there for the opening, to get some photos and post the details here on 'Pubs In Kendal'.
More details as soon as they are known, including the venue, and the opening date and time. It is ironic that, at a time when more traditional pubs are closing (The Bridge on Stramongate is up for sale again) new ventures, like this project from Fell Brewery and our very own Factory Tap, are not simply making a go of it, but are becoming properly successful.
More to follow!
70: New Parlour Pub discovered in Ludlow, Shropshire
While in Shropshire recently, the chance spotting of an advert in 'The Ludlow Ledger', a local free newspaper, put us on the trail of a new micropub in Ludlow.
A quick Google search revealed its whereabouts, and consultation of CAMRA's WhatPub website gave us more information. A visit was imperative. The pub only opens on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, between 5.00pm. and 9.00pm. So we went on Thursday.
We were not disappointed. A front door in a house on a street opens onto a corridor. Turn right through the door at the far end and you are in the hall. To the right is a front parlour (which I unfortunately did not know about, so didn't get to see, and is described in the WhatPub entry as having 'decor straight out of a Conan Doyle novel'), but the door to the left takes you into the bar.
One barrel of beer per day, as well as a still cider and a white wine, are on offer. No intrusive music, or television, just conversation or silence if you don't want to chat. More details from the Doghouse Magazine website.
See a news report, from not long after the pub opened, in the Shropshire Star.
You can also keep up with developments on the Dog Hangs Well Facebook page.
69: Cumbrian brewery taken over by Liverpool firm
By Joshua Hammond
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 6:37PM
The controlling interest in a Cumbrian brewery has been bought by the UK’s largest independent drinks company.
Liverpool-based Halewood Wines & Spirits, signed the investment deal with Hawkshead Brewery.
More details from the online news report.
68: Geoff Mefcalfe's Funeral
Geoff Metcalfe, Kendal's favourite Pub Licensee (judging from the crowd that turned out to say their goodbyes) was laid to rest in the small, southern enclosure of the Parkside Road cemetery on Thursday March 2nd. 2017. He was saluted, on the short journey from St. George's Church to the cemetery, by a large group of friends, locals and regulars as the cortège drove past the Castle Inn, where Geoff and partner Christine had been proprietors for the past eighteen years. A very touching sight, leaving many a moist eye in the crowd. Geoff's last resting place is in sight of Kendal Town's football ground where Geoff appeared as referee in the Westmorland League.
After the interment, many of Geoff and Christine's friends enjoyed refreshments at Netherfield Cricket Club. Donations in memory of Geoff for South Lakes Specialist Nurses P. C. F. may be sent c/o Hayes & Parkinson Ltd., Captain French Lane, Kendal, LA9 4HS.
Geoff will be sadly missed.
67: RIP Geoff Metcalfe
It is with great sadness that I must announce the tragic news that Geoff Metcalfe, former landlord of the Castle Inn in Kendal, passed away last week, after his battle with cancer. He died peacefully, aged 65, at home in Kendal, on Saturday 18th. February. He was in the company of his partner Christine, and two of the Macmillan Nurses who had been caring for him in his last months. Christine can be very proud of the fact that, with the help and support of the family, Geoff's GP, and the wonderful Macmillan Nurses, she was able to fulfil Geoff's wish that he end his days in his own home.
Details of the funeral can be found in the Westmorland Gazette announcement, which appeared on Thursday February 23rd.
RIP Geoff, things won't be the same without you.
66: Watch Six Nations Rugby while drinking excellent beer at the Tap
Watch Six Nations Rugby in the Factory Tap!
All the England games will be screened at the Tap during the current Six Nations Tournament.
See the picture to the right for dates and times.
Then get on down to the Tap for Rugby, accompanied by a great selection of Bowness Bay beers, and an ever-changing array of Guests.
Call in, or check the website for more info.