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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Wetherspoon renews interest in opening first Lake District pub

Plans to open the Lake District’s first Wetherspoon pub could be resurrected.

A bitter row erupted between Cumbria County Council and the pub chain in December, after a deal over Keswick’s former police station and adjoining magistrates’ court fell apart at the 11th hour.

Wetherspoon claimed it had agreed a contract and was ready to exchange on the site but accused the council of withdrawing from the transaction. Angry councillors hit back, insisting it was the firm which had reneged on its agreement.

While Wetherspoon insisted it had not abandoned hope of opening its first pub in the Lakes, the Keswick site appeared to have been ruled out.

However, sources have told the News & Star that the pub chain is still interested and is hoping to negotiate a deal with the council.

Spokesman Eddie Gershon said the company would not comment on the specific site, adding: “All we will say is that we are still keen on opening a Wetherspoon pub in Keswick.”

Have your say

The myth about "lack of tourists" is why prices are high is a lame excuse in the lakes.There is always plenty of folk around. Here out west there are nowhere near the amount of footfall in the local pubs from tourists but most of the pubs manage to keep the prices as best as possible in the current climate. Some pubs in Keswick are shockingly overpriced so it will be a good thing to have competition from Wetherspoons. They have other National chains in the town like Costa-"fortune for coffee" so just let this go ahead.I have been to many Wetherspoons around the country and they provide good value for money,and a lot of venues would be most likely derelict,I like the way they have a certain theme to each town or city. Only thing is that,I hope they would make an exception in Keswick which allows walkers in with their dogs.But if not,that is not a problem.Other pubs allow dogs and they would have an advantage over Spoons.

Posted by Mark Thompson on 22 March 2013 at 19:41

who cares about ripping the toursists off, its the locals that shouldnt have to pay southern prices!

Posted by Tony Lopez on 22 March 2013 at 12:20

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