The pub has always been a popular destination with visitors of the Lake District and its unique position, close to the Ashness Bridge (considered to be one of the most photogenic viewpoints of the Lakes), has helped Eddie and Debbie welcome thousands of walkers, tourists, families and ale lovers through its doors.
Eddie said: “The pub was what you would expect for a typical country local. It was quirky, welcoming and loved by our locals but certainly in need of an update so when Robinsons contacted us, we jumped at the chance!”
“I have worked at the pub for over 10 years so you could say I was slightly resistant to change” joked Debbie. “Looking back, the interior was worn and dated. It was certainly ready for an update and after a chat with the design team, I agreed that it was time to bring the old girl up to speed.”
Working around the clock, Robinsons’ award-winning design team removed the pub’s tired former look and replaced it with a contemporary design that tastefully captures the quirky charm that regulars had come to expect.
A palette of greens, whites and creams have been used throughout the pub to create a clean, airy and open atmosphere whilst striking floral feature wallpaper and roaring open log fires create an instant focal point. Salvaged ornaments from the local area, including antique oars and beer bottle lights, hang from the ceiling whilst a recovered rowing boat has been harboured on top of the outside roof extension.
Debbie said: “The way the designers have incorporated the area’s local heritage into the design has been fabulous. It connects our history to present day and has been an instant talking point with our regulars since we reopened!”
A brand new menu, developed with Robinsons’ Development Chef Christian Whittleworth, focuses on Lake District favourites created using local produce from the neighbouring Cocklakes Farm. The selection of delicious grazing boards and pub classics are headlined by the Lake Road Inn’s signature handmade Steak and Ale pie.
“Everyone has been pleased with the refurbishment” said Eddie. “I think there was a lot of local concern that we would compromise the things that people love about the pub but the feedback from everyone so far has been outstanding. It’s breathed new life into the place whilst maintaining the cosy, inviting atmosphere that the Lake Road Inn is known for.”
Steve Robinson, Business Development Manager for Robinsons Brewery said: “The change to the Lake Road Inn has been a long time coming. The pub is well loved by the community and the response has been very positive so far. We hope that by refurbishing the pub we can not only appeal to locals but open the pub up to more passing summer trade from visitors to the area. The design team have done a fantastic job and we have high hopes for the Lake Road Inn going forward.”
Closing, Debbie said: “We couldn’t have done it without Robinsons. The designers and property team have been fabulous and the support we’ve received from Steve Robinson, Sarah Rogers, Christian Whittleworth and all of the retail marketing team has been world class. This truly is a new era for the Lake Road Inn and it’s our privilege to be part of the journey!”
The Lake Road Inn is now open, serving food and award winning cask Robinsons cask ales daily.