Eat with us up until 22 December and as a valued customer, you’ll get our fixed-price, 3 course menu for just £35 per person! To inspire you – currently there’s pretty little starters featuring beetroot and mackerel, followed by duck or roe deer and then some delightful desserts. See the menu here.
Good news for the bus service running from Penrith to Pooley Bridge via Eamont Bridge, Yanwath and Tirril. Despite fears last week that, due to a funding shortfall, the route would cease to operate during the construction of Pooley ‘New’ Bridge, three parish councils have rallied round, dug deep and raised the necessary funding.
Digging into their own limited reserves, Barton & Pooley Bridge, Sockbridge & Tirril and Yanwath & Eamont Bridge Parish Councils have been able to raise enough money to allow Stagecoach to offer a limited but regular service five days a week on the newly-named 108 route which replaces the part of the 508 isolated by the closure.
Due to the bridge construction work Stagecoach rerouted the 508 bus service from Patterdale via the A592, with a stop at the temporary car park at Waterfoot. At just under a mile’s walk away from the village centre, this would have caused real difficulties to elderly residents, employees vital to the village economy and tourists making the effort to travel by public transport.
Stagecoach offered the services of both a bus and driver, but required around £3700 to pay for fuel and maintenance costs during the period of construction. Cumbria County Council refused to support this on the grounds that it is their policy not to subsidise bus services.
Chair of Barton and Pooley Bridge Parish Council, Miles MacInnes commented:
“We’ve fought hard and dug deep to raise the funding for this service and it’s vital that those who need it, use it as much as possible it offers great opportunities for shopping and leisure. We are really disappointed that Cumbria County Council couldn’t underwrite this modest cost, but it’s gratifying to see the three parish councils whose residents and businesses are most affected along with a number of other individuals and organisations, have come together in the spirit of community to put in place a service which we hope will cover the construction period of the new bridge.”
Mark Whitelocks MD of Stagecoach Cumbria said, “I am delighted that we have been able to work with the communities along the route to maintain this link during the closure period. By working together and sharing the costs we are keeping people connected to shopping and employment.”
Construction of Pooley ‘New’ Bridge is now underway, with works due to be finished late Spring 2020. In the meantime, Pooley Bridge is very much open for business and with a temporary footbridge now linking both sides of the valley plus a temporary car park on the Ullswater Steamers’ side of the village, businesses and locals are looking forward to ‘business as usual’. However, in true entrepreneurial spirit, they have worked closely with the Pooley ‘New’ Bridge project team to create a raft of inventive ways of encouraging people to visit the village over the next six months. For more information on all the events, news and developments, visit https://www.ullswater.com/pooleybridge/.
The two day festival encourages visitors to dress up and ‘join the herd’ by donning a mask, dressing up as a farmer and enjoying the entertainment.
The Ullswater Droving marks the beginning of the two days of droving celebrations and will take place on Friday 25th October with a special torchlight procession through Pooley Bridge led this year by The Baghdaddies.
On Sat 26th October Penrith is transformed with its busiest market of the year, bustling streets, roaming street performances around every corner, and top quality local, regional and national musical acts across 5 stages. This all leads up to the highlight of the day – a magical fire and lantern procession throughout the town, where thousands of people line the streets to watch the spectacle, finishing with a headline act on the main stage.
Created by Eden Arts, The Winter Droving has become one of Cumbria’s iconic cultural events seeing 20k+ attend annually. Now in its 8th year, the event has grown exponentially with audiences making the journey from all corners of the UK.
Today, Thursday 21 February 2019, Ullswater’s award-winning restaurant with rooms, 1863 in Pooley Bridge has been announced as a finalist for ‘Best Restaurant’ in the Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards.
The two AA rosette restaurant has been making waves on the Cumbrian food scene since it opened in Summer 2016. 1863 offers innovative food prepared with skill and love by a dedicated kitchen team, served by knowledgeable and professional staff in a relaxed environment.
Carefully-structured menus allow guests to savour all three courses yet not feel ‘stuffed’ by the end. Ingredients are often foraged, largely local and always changing meaning that customers regularly return (some as often as once a week!) to try the latest new dish.
In the kitchen, Head Chef, Phil Corrie leads a young, talented and ambitious team comprising four chefs with a combined mean age of 24.5 years! Between them they’ve worked with over 30 local, regional and national suppliers to create hundreds of dishes – there is always something new in development in the 1863 kitchen.
And the team’s dedication and commitment has not gone unnoticed; in addition to two hard-earned AA rosettes, the venue also won the ‘Readers’ Award in 2017’s Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards and were also finalists in both the ‘Boutique Accommodation’ and the ‘Taste’ Cumbria Tourism Awards.
Owner Mark Vause commented:
“Being named a finalist for any award is always an honour. We’re particularly in awe of this ‘Best Restaurant’ achievement as we really are up against some major players with incredible reputations. Whatever happens on the big night, we’re just delighted to be part of it!”
The finalists are L’Enclume, Rogan & Co, Craig’s Kitchen and 1863 – between them, they share 12 AA Rosettes and no less than three Michelin stars! Team 1863 must now wait until 21 March and the awards ceremony at Kendal College to find out if they’ve beaten off this incredibly stiff competition to win the ‘Best Restaurant’ title. For more information on their A la Carte or Tasting Menus and to book, please visit www.1863ullswater.co.uk
The World’s Original Marmalade Festival will be returning on Saturday 16th March, so put the date in your diaries and get ready to go orange! Join us for a weekend of marmalade celebrations with demonstrations, talks, exhibitions and shows that will inspire you, your family and friends to take the nation’s marmalade to your heart. Find out more…
An Ullswater-based restaurant with rooms, 1863, is celebrating Christmas early as news emerged last week that the young and dynamic team have secured a second AA Rosette along with a Breakfast Award in a recent AA inspection!
These two accolades round off an impressive 12 months: in late 2017, the team received four gold AA stars for their accommodation along with their first AA rosette for food. Back in March 2018, they were finalists in both the ‘Taste’ and ‘Guest Accommodation’ categories in the coveted Cumbria Tourism Awards while they won the ‘Readers’ Award’ in the Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards.
From a food perspective, this second rosette puts 1863 into the top 10% of restaurants in the country. The AA Rosette scheme has long been established and successfully recognises cooking at different levels nationwide. The success or failure in achieving Rosettes is based on a single (sometimes multiple) visit to a hotel or restaurant. Essentially it’s a snapshot, whereby the entire meal is assessed.
Recognising what a special combination of skill and dedication they have in their team, owners Anne and Mark Vause have also taken the decision to broaden the remit of ambitious, young head chef, Phil Corrie by appointing him General Manager.
On the move, Mark commented:
“We are a 20 strong team which means that while we might be larger than people initially think, we are still agile enough to take good business decisions at a pace. Phil is an exciting young chef and a joy to work with. He knows the team inside out and we feel is best placed to manage the day to day direction of both the team and the food as we keep pushing forward.”
However, that does not mean that Mark and Anne will be taking a back seat. They are still very present in all things 1863. When they’re not working the floor with the rest of the Front of House team, you’ll find them serving drinks from the bar to the many loyal customers the business has secured over the last two years.
On news of the award, Head Chef and now General Manager Phil commented:
“I’m not ashamed to admit that I shed a tear or ten at the news that we’d been awarded a second AA rosette. I’m so proud of what we’re doing here and industry recognition in the form of awards is really very gratifying. The team are all working so hard and pulling together and I think customers see that and appreciate it.”
When asked what 2019 holds, Phil is unusually reserved. The young chef and graduate of Kendal College will undoubtedly always be striving for better, however, right now he claims the focus is on Christmas and ensuring that each and every dish that goes out deserves its AA rosettes.
With a choice of two Christmas menus – A La Carte or Tasting – featuring festive-inspired flavours (but no turkey this year – they’ve gone for goose!), the restaurant opens at 6pm daily. Booking is strongly advised for bookings in December. To book, call 017684 86334 or book online. Gift vouchers are available online hereor by calling direct on 017684 86334. For further information and the Christmas A La Carte and Tasting menus, visit www.1863ullswater.co.uk.