AFTER a round of golf you need a place to unwind.

And Carlisle couple Ron and Denise Wood have opened the perfect place - The 19th hole at Stoneyholme Golf Club.

The popular pair, who run Le Gall on Devonshire Street in the city centre, have opened the catering facilities at Stoneyholme, which is on the banks of the River Eden and close to Rickerby Park and Carlisle United.

The golf course, at the bottom of St Aidan’s Road, reopened in April when Jim Douglas stepped forward, after previously managing the facility for 20 years.

The course had been shut for six months when its operators when into administration.

It is now enjoying a rejuvenation - and the bar move has been welcomed by members.

Denise said: “We’ve looked at Stoneyholme in the past. It’s close to where we live and so it seemed like a good opportunity.

“Its location has a lot going for it. It’s ideal for people on a walk or cycle to pop in and it’s also great for those going to and from the match at Carlisle United when the games are on.”

The bar and restaurant has Sky TV and BT Sport as well as a pool table and entertainment on a Friday night.

Denise said: “We want to get a pool team going again and a we’ve been in touch with a few funeral directors about the possibility of the venue being used for funeral teas and private hire.”

The bar and restaurant is open for meals each day from 11.30am to 2.30pm and 5.30pm to 8pm. On Saturdays it is open for food from 11.30am to 8.30pm and 12pm to 4pm on Sundays.

Denise said: “We’ve been open for three Sundays now and each one has got gradually busier.

“We’re also open for coffee.”

The couple have run Le Gall for the last 18 years. It was one of the city’s first ever cafe style bars.

It is currently closed temporarily.

Denise said: “We will reopen Le Gall but we are looking for someone else to take it on.

“It needs fresh blood. We’ve been there and worn the t-shirt and it needs someone younger to move it forward.

“Our daughter can’t commit to giving it the attention it needs as she has two children to look after.”