Jobs created as duo open second Lakeland pub
The owners of a Kendal inn have taken on a second pub in the town and are creating nine full-time jobs.
Joshua Macauley and Chris Moss, who own Ye Olde Fleece Inn at Highgate, have now added The Duke of Cumberland at Appleby Road, to their portfolio.
Joint director, Mr Macauley, said: “There is a real need in that area of town for a good, local community pub.
“At the moment the Castle Inn is shut, The Bridge has closed down and the Victoria Tavern has been turned into apartments.
“Our aim is to make The Duke of Cumberland a real part of the community.”
The pub, which has been shut during lockdown, will reopen on Wednesday, July 8.
It includes a main bar area, a snug, a beer garden and a large function room.
“There will be a team of nine full-time staff spread across front of house and the kitchen,” said Mr Macauley.
“We shall be offering a great menu with proper pub food, gourmet burgers, a Sunday roast and a grill menu, including steaks. We are going to have some excellent Summer, sharer food, such as nachos and dirty fries and there will also be a great kids’ menu.”
Drinks on offer will include a strong selection of beers, gins and cask ales.
“The thing that attracted us to The Duke of Cumberland was it has so much potential,” said Mr Macauley.
“There is a real family feel about the place. There is a fantastic beer garden – possibly the biggest in the town centre – so people will be able to sit outside in the Summer if the weather is nice. There are also log fires, so it will be a perfect, cosy Winter pub, too. It also has a large car park.”
He said prior to opening there would be some minor initial works, including internal redecoration, new lighting and fixtures and improvements to the beer garden.
After the pub has been open a few weeks a second investment would take place, involving new customer toilets, refurbishment of the kitchen, plus external repainting and the addition of new signage and lettering outside.
“We shall be opening in a COVID-secure fashion in line with the Government’s recommendations and guidance and with a range of measures in place, including being able to order food and drink from your table via an app, ‘no-touch’ techniques and tables spaced out appropriately.”
There has been a hostelry at the site since the 18th century. The pub is named after the Duke of Cumberland, who chased Bonnie Prince Charlie and his army back to Scotland in 1745.
After acquiring Ye Olde Fleece Inn Mr Macauley and Mr Moss carried out a renovation project worth almost £1m. It re-opened for business in March 2019.
“We are really excited to take on a second venue after the success of Ye Olde Fleece Inn,” said Mr Macauley.
“We do want to take on more sites in the South Lakes area, if the demand is there.”