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Carlisle Gilded Lily owner to open new restaurant

One of Carlisle’s favourite eateries is to re-open as a fine-dining restaurant.

John Van Lierop photo
John Van Lierop

Loaf ‘n’ Ladle in Friars Court, off Lowther Street, closed last year and is being given a complete revamp by Carlisle businessman John Van Lierop.

It is due to re-open by the end of this month as Cafe du Monde, which aims to be one of the city’s top eating places.

Mr Van Lierop already owns the successful Gilded Lily and Thin White Duke bars, and Concrete nightclub.

He said: “We will be offering a light lunch and fine dining in the evening.

“When we opened the Gilded Lily there was nothing like it in Carlisle and we think there is another gap in the market for this type of restaurant.

“It is only a 20-seater restaurant so there will be quite an intimate feel.”

Head chef Jonathan Rowland cut his teeth at Rampsbeck Country House Hotel, Ullswater.

The dinner menu will typically offer a choice of five starters, five mains and five desserts with main courses starting at £14. The plan is to use local produce where possible.

The wine list will major on bottles from France and Italy.

Mr Van Lierop has changed the interior of Loaf ’n’ Ladle out of all recognition.

There is a bar with feature fireplace and chairs where diners can sip an aperitif while they mull over the menu. The dining room also has a feature fireplace and is furnished with antiques and contemporary art.

Mr Van Lierop added: “We get a lot of people from out of town who come to the Gilded Lily. This should appeal to them too.”

Have your say

Bobby Dash, if the good burghers do not own the said buildings it is nothing to do with them. Like it is nothing to do with the council (outside of planning considerations) what you do with your house, the same is for Hoopers with their building.

Local Authorities are not omnipotent, especially ones that only charge on average £15 a month in council tax.

Posted by Jim on 26 May 2012 at 19:51

McGuiness..... The trouble with the good burghers of Carlisle is that they seem to be pre occupied with the past. In all honesty in the town centre, lets say from Burtons corner to the civic centre, excluding the lanes how many buildings are new?? I was born in 1969, with exception of the lanes which had to come down, I would struggle to think of any. I struggle to see how any of it has been spoiled forever, Carlsle is a small city, practically a village, it needs to grow to survive.........move on!!!

Posted by Bobby dash on 19 May 2012 at 18:13

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