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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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90 jobs at two new Wetherspoon pubs

Cumbria is set for an employment boost, with pub chain JD Wetherspoon creating 90 jobs when it opens two new bars.

Keswick magistrates building photo
Keswick's former police station and court

The national firm, which already has pubs in Workington and Whitehaven, will create about 45 jobs when it opens a new bar in Keswick, the company’s first in the Lake District, this autumn.

It is also set to serve its first pints next week at The Dog Beck in Penrith – a £1.5m development, on the site of the former Toppers nightclub in Southend Road, that will create the same amount of positions.

The Keswick pub will be named The Chief Justice of the Common Pleas and will be at the site of the former town police station and court building in Bank Street.

A spokesman for the firm also said it was “definitely keen on opening more sites in the region”.

He said: “The Chief Justice of the Common Pleas is set to open on September 30.

“Wetherspoon will be looking to create approximately 45 jobs at the pub.”

The Dog Beck is next to the Penrith New Squares development. The land was once crossed by the Dog Beck, a stream that ran into an underground channel in front of the building. It will feature one bar and two beer gardens.

Photos, local history, artwork and information boards relating to events, historical buildings and characters of the area will be displayed in the pub. It will specialise in real ales, serving a wide range of beers, including those from local and regional brewers.

The west Cumbrian Wetherspoon pubs are the Henry Bessemer in Workington and Bransty Arch at Whitehaven.

Its bars also include the Woodrow Wilson and William Rufus in Botchergate in Carlisle city centre.

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