Carlisle's gourmet burger restaurant closes

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Carlisle's gourmet burger restaurant has closed due to lack of interest.

Belted, in Warwick Road, opened in the former post office building in 2014 to much fanfare.

Despite high hopes - and having what the company described as one of the best locations in the city - the firm has confirmed it has called it a day and closed the city branch.

Bosses say they instead plan to focus their attention on larger cities to develop its brand.

A private agreement has been reached between the burger chain and Burge Halston Ltd, which owns the building, to take back the premises.

In a statement issued to the News & Star, a spokesman for Belted said: "Belted is now closed having enjoyed three years looking after the good people of Carlisle and beyond.

"180,000 burgers later, Belted is handing its lease back to the landlords, Burge Halston, due to the lack of viability.

"With agreeably one of the best locations in Carlisle, Belted will look to develop the Brand in bigger cities."

It added: "Thank you for all the good times."

Simon Harrison, director of the Halston and speaking on behalf of Burge Halston Ltd, told the News & Star: "The directors of Burge Halston Ltd have come to a private arrangement to take back the premises previously occupied by Belted and to incorporate it into its expansion plans for its award winning Halston Apart-Hotel."

The Edinburgh-based firm says that anyone who has outstanding vouchers for Belted Burger is welcome to use them in its Scottish restaurant.

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Jim   Brown , Oakville Wednesday, 06 September, 2017 at 2:52AM
Ate there and was not impressed. Burgers were average at best, salads were a pure ripoff and some beers flat and stale tasting. Service was mediocre. I'd rather eat at Nando's.
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Jamie   E , Carlisle Wednesday, 23 August, 2017 at 1:17AM
Who started the rounds saying it was £20 for a burger ? It was £12 for a burger and drink. The quality was amazing and service was excellent. I am just upset I only discovered it three months before it closed I loved the place.
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tap   loader , carlisle Thursday, 15 June, 2017 at 3:40PM
pint of old peculier and a potted meat sarny does me fine,no where near £20 pun.
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mark   A , Carlisle Wednesday, 14 June, 2017 at 3:34PM
Ive never even been in the place so I won't miss it and if it was expensive for food iam not surprised its closed down who wants to pay a high price for food when you can get decent bar meals for even less money and probably far more on the plate aswel
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Emma   , Carlisle Wednesday, 14 June, 2017 at 6:17AM
Maybe in the 'bigger cities' where they're going to 'develop their brand' they'll get more footfall and people who will just walk in from the street and are willing to pay over the odds for average burgers. There are smaller food outlets in carlisle whose burgers are far superior AND they're not as expensive. If you call your burgers gourmet you've got to back it up with some fairly decent grub. Nothing to write home about I'm afraid. Must try harder! (Loved your sweetcorn fritters mind - can't make a meal out of them though)
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tight   wad , carlisle Tuesday, 13 June, 2017 at 5:34PM
Think the price of the food and the drinks might have had something to do with it?
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Bern   Windhow , Carlisle Tuesday, 13 June, 2017 at 2:34PM
Lack of interest or extortionate prices?
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Restaurant   Critic , Carlisle Tuesday, 13 June, 2017 at 12:52PM
It was poor service and poorly cooked food that was the reason it wasnt busy! Not because there was no interest. Just look at the negative feedback on trip adviser for proof of this. With the right chef's this would of been a goldmine.
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peter   The greet , Carlisle Tuesday, 13 June, 2017 at 9:20AM
Jeez i can't believe people aren't queing round the block to pay £ 20 quid for a burger, Whats this city coming to
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  , Wednesday, 26 July, 2017 at 4:28PM
Not suprised. Carlisle: the town where new businesses die.
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