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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.
65: Heather Knowles to start work as the new Cook at Kendal's Castle Inn
David and Lynne, probably best-known to their regulars at the Shakespeare Inn on Highgate, are now well-and-truly installed at the Castle Inn. Lynne is going to be keeping tabs on the Shakespeare, and David will be seen more often at the Castle, but between them, and with the invaluable assistance of their regular staff, they will be guiding the Castle Inn on the next leg of its voyage.
And starting on Tuesday January 31st. Heather Knowles takes over as the Cook at the Castle. There will be more information to follow, including some new photos and the new menu (also downloadable as a pdf), on the 'being refurbished-as-we-speak' Castle Inn website.
From next Tuesday, January 31st., food will be available at the following times in the Castle:
Tuesday to Saturday: 12.00 noon to 3.00pm.
Sunday: 12.00 noon to 5.00pm.
Please note that the Castle Inn also has a new contact e-mail address:
However, please do not rely e-mail for any urgent enquiries, as checking of the e-mail cannot be guaranteed at busy periods. If your enquiry needs a quick response, please telephone instead (number above).
64: 'Masons Yard 24' Opened Its Doors On Monday December 12th
As reported here only a couple of weeks ago, the erstwhile Mason's Arms on Stramongate, now named 'Masons Yard 24', re-opened on Monday December 12th, at 12.00 noon.
They have a new website which is in its infancy at present, but will soon have information about the beers that they will be stocking (at present, four real ales on handpump, plus two craft ales on keg) and the interesting food menu - plenty there for the steak enthusiast! I have already been in to get some photos, and Masons Yard 24 becomes the latest pub to be added to 'Pubs In Kendal'. I wish the owners and staff the very best in their new venture, and for many years to come.
63: Factory Tap Christmas Opening Times
See the image to the right for the Christmas opening times for the Factory Tap. Also, the new electrically-lit Pub Sign - a wonder of the modern age! More info from Ron or Les at the Tap, see you all there! Merry Christmas.
62: The Castle Inn is Serving Food Again
Good news from the Castle Inn. After the uncertainty of the last couple of months, since the departure of Christine and Geoff, some order and stability is returning. David and Lynne, from the Shakespeare, have taken over, and the latest development is the re-introduction of lunchtime food. Bookings are also being taken for Christmas lunches, so if you and your workmates are looking for a great place for a pre-Christmas social, why not pop into the Castle and pick up a Christmas menu.
There is an all-new menu now on offer from Lynne and David, and there are hopes that, as things calm down and the new licensees get settled in, the food side of things will be expanded. As David himself says:"Evolution, not revolution". Watch this space.
To make an enquiry, or to book your table, call the Castle Inn on 01539 729983, or e-mail Lynne and David via the Shakespeare Inn: email@example.com