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Wetherspoon set to open pub in Keswick police station

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon is poised to open its first Lake District bar after striking a deal to buy Keswick police station and the town’s former court building.

First: ‘Wetherspoon pub will be an asset to Keswick’

The national business, which already has pubs in places including Workington, Whitehaven and Carlisle says it has agreed a contract to move into the building in Bank Street.

Negotiations for the same site had collapsed last year but new moves were confirmed by pub bosses and Cumbria County Council, which co-owns the site with Cumbria’s Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Discussions were said to be underway over a future base for police officers.

Eddie Gershon, spokesman for JD Wetherspoon, said: “We can confirm that Wetherspoon has an agreed contract between Cumbria County Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria to purchase both the court and police station.

“The company has been keen to develop a pub on the site of these two buildings for a number of months and is delighted that this is now coming to fruition.

“We believe that a Wetherspoon pub will be an asset to Keswick and hopefully act as a catalyst for further investment in the town.”

A county council spokesman said: “We can confirm that we’ve accepted an offer from JD Wetherspoon and that we’re working through the legal documentation.”

A spokeswoman for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner added: “Discussions about the future base of the local community policing team are well developed.”

The firm has been keen to move into Keswick for some time and a deal between the county council and JD Wetherspoon over this site was abandoned late last year.

But the company said at the time it would still be keen to open in the town.

Police announced the station would be sold in December 2011 as part of a massive cost-cutting shake-up.

Wetherspoon runs more than 800 pubs. It says it offers a large range of ale, global beers, continental larger and ciders and serves all-day food. It also runs the chain of Lloyds No.1 bars.

Carlisle has the William Rufus and the Woodrow Wilson pubs in Botchergate.

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Its about time the monopoly ended in lake district pubs, we are sick of paying stupid prices for beers that arent exactly "up to scratch"

Posted by Trevor on 20 September 2014 at 19:56

At last we may see some reasonable bar prices when JDW opens.Keswick pubs have been for a long time selling beer at "london" prices,just pure greed.

Posted by frank rawlinson on 9 June 2014 at 13:32

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