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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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£400,000 restaurant and hotel plan for Cumbrian town

A new £400,000 fish restaurant and nine-bedroom hotel is in the pipeline for Maryport.

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Expanding: Deborah Kemp, Yasmin Wilson, Seb Wilson and Wayne Benson at the Captain Nelson in Maryport which in building on its success

Christian Wilson, owner of the Captain Nelson Tavern on Irish Street, said the success of the pub had led to his decision to invest in the town.

He said a fishing town without a fish restaurant looked like it was in decline and he wanted to change that.

Mr Wilson took on the Captain Nelson, known locally as The Vatican, 18 months ago with his wife Mary.

He had gone to an auction intending to buy a house when he spotted the pub, which was closed, among the lots, and decided to give it a go.

It is a family concern, employing his two sons, Jonny and Seb, his mother and father-in-law Yvonne and Richard Kemp, sister-in-law Deborah Kemp and niece Yasmin Wilson.

The couple took over the Captain Nelson at a time when pubs were struggling.

They have turned it into a success story with regularly full houses at meal times.

Mr Wilson, 46, said the pub had already gained a reputation for its fish and chips and the restaurant would provide an opportunity to build on that.

He added: “We are also getting increasingly busy with people using Hadrian’s Cycleway and this is often their first port of call.”

The next obvious step, he said, was to offer accommodation, which is why he is also planning a small hotel with nine double bedrooms.

Mr Wilson submitted a planning application just before Christmas to build the extension to the pub.

He said: “We were hoping to have planning permission already but the holidays have intervened.

“We are working with Allerdale Council’s planning officers and hope we will be up and running by the end of the year.”

He hopes that most of his fish will come from local fishermen.

He added that he also wanted a fishmonger-type operation attached to the restaurant so that people could buy fresh fish.

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