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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Wetherspoon to extend Carlisle city centre pub

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has revealed another wave of a multi-million pound investment in Cumbria.

Carlisle pub manager photo
Matt Potts

The firm is preparing to unveil a £300,000 extension to its bar, The William Rufus, in Botchergate in Carlisle city centre.

Work is being carried out as the firm prepares to mark the tenth anniversary of its opening.

It has seen the firm knock down the building that once housed the Platform 1 nightclub in Collier Lane, behind Botchergate, and turn it into an open air drinking space for the William Rufus.

The new beer garden features a timber pergola, stone flooring, brickwork and timber, as well as extensive planting. New glazed doors have also been installed.

It will be unveiled at an event on Saturday featuring acoustic music and a meet-the-brewer session with Cumberland Breweries, including beer tastings, with samples of Corby Blonde and Corby Ale.

Matt Potts, manager of The William Rufus, said: “With our 10th anniversary in October this year, it is fantastic to be able to offer our customers a new aspect to the pub.

“We are looking forward to a great summer and believe the new beer garden will be a great addition.”

The building that housed the former Platform 1 nightclub has been standing empty since 1993.

Developments in Carlisle come just weeks after a new £1.5m bar – The Dog Beck – opened in Penrith on the site of the former Toppers nightclub in Southend Road, creating 45 new jobs.

Licensing chiefs have also given the go-ahead for its first bar in Keswick, The Chief Justice of the Common Pleas. It is being created at the old police station and magistrates’ court in Bank Street and is due to open on September 30. It too will create about 45 jobs.

Other Cumbrian Wetherspoon pubs include the Woodrow Wilson, also in Botchergate, the Henry Bessemer in Workington, and Bransty Arch at Whitehaven.

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