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55: Last Orders at the Castle Inn, Kendal
Long ago, in the dim and distant past that was 1998, Geoff and Christine took over the landlord-ship of the Castle Inn in Kendal. Over the intervening eighteen years they have become one of the longest-serving licensee partners to still be running a pub in Kendal - and a great pub at that. Sadly, all that will change at closing time on Sunday September 4th. as Geoff and Christine call 'Last Orders' for the last time.
As regular customers will already be aware, a catalogue of disasters and difficulties, beginning with the floods of December 2015, and culminating in Geoff's deteriorating health, have led Geoff and Christine to reluctantly surrender the lease back to Punch Taverns. The Castle will be open as usual until the evening of Sunday 4th. September. However, food will only continue to be available (12.00 noon till 2.00pm.) until Friday 2nd. September. Geoff and Christine hope to see all their regular clientele for farewells over the weekend.
Geoff and Christine would like to extend their grateful thanks to all of those who have supported them over the years, particularly everybody who has supported them over the last, difficult, nine months. And they wish the next publican all the best.
The end of an era. All of you reading this sad news, pass it on, and get along to the Castle to say your goodbyes before it's too late. Good Luck to both Geoff and Christine in whatever they get up to next. And check the Castle Inn website for developments, as and when they are known.
54: Good News! The Bridge has re-opened
Following the disappointing closure, despite its recent repairs following December's floods, the Bridge Hotel has once more re-opened.
Frustratingly, I was away on holiday when the new licensee took over, so I missed the actual opening. New Bridge Hotel website to follow apparently, but for the time being you can keep up with developments here, or on the new Bridge Hotel Facebook Page.
So what's next for the Bridge? Peter and Andy, also involved in the Globe on Kendal's Market Place, are offering up to four real ales, lager, wines, spirits and soft drinks, and a completely new menu. The beer garden overlooking the river has been tidied up, and should provide a great place to enjoy a drink or a meal on a sunny afternoon (fingers crossed).
53: Check Out 'Beer Today' - Excellent Website On All Things Beer, With A Cornish Flavour
Recently, while searching Google for interesting snippets of beer-related news, I stumbled upon the 'Beer Today' website. Perusing its pages I discovered the 'Breweries' link in the menu bar. Here there is a comprehensive list of all the (currently)-known breweries in Britain. As Darren rightly says, 'they're changing all the time' and invites visitors to e-mail him with information on any breweries that are missing.
I had a quick look through the Cumbrian listings, noted some omissions, and then took advantage of Darren's invitation and e-mailed details of the breweries that I thought were absent from the list. This list of breweries alone is a valuable resource to everyone with an interest in beer; the website as a whole, with news from around the world of brewing, an events listing page showing many upcoming beer festivals, and a features section which includes food and beer matching suggestions, is a great addition to the wealth of beer information on the internet.
'Beer Today' should be in every beer aficionado's bookmarks or favourites. And if you have an event to promote, or know of a new brewery just coming on-stream, let Darren know about it.
52: Bridge Hotel Closed - Again!
Very disappointingly, despite its recent repairs following December's floods, the Bridge Hotel has once more closed.
The first sign was the 'To Let' notice which appeared in early June. Neither the Bridge Hotel website or the Bridge Hotel Facebook Page give any indication as to what happened, but in a brief communication with Jackie Hadley, the licensee, it was said that business was extremely slow, and rather than risk running into too much debt, she had reluctantly given-up the tenancy.
So what's next for the Bridge? I have heard a rumour that Moo Bar, which has three outlets in Penrith, Carlisle, and most recently the Shepherd's Inn in Melmerby, is looking for a premises in Kendal. Well, if there is anyone from Moo Bar reading this, the Bridge Hotel in Kendal is vacant. It is presently being advertised on the Westlake and Co. website. Fingers crossed!
51: May 21st. to June 5th. Cider Festival at the Bridge Hotel
The Bridge Hotel is hosting a Cider Festival, starting May 21st. and running through the Bank Holiday weekend until June 5t.
Six ciders, plus the usual range of beers, wines and spirits, along with the full Menu makes the Bridge Hotel the place to be this weekend. Keep up with developments by checking the Bridge Hotel website or the Bridge Hotel Facebook Page.
50: Duke of Cumberland Re-opens
Welcome back to the Duke of Cumberland. Following its refurbishment, the Duke of Cumberland becomes the last of the pubs to re-open, of those that were forced to close by the floods in December 2015. Why not call in to see the new decor, and while there have a drink and check out the menu.