One of Carlisle's oldest businesses has joined forces with one of its oldest museums to offer visitors local food and drink.

John Watt, established in 1865, has taken over catering at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, which recently celebrated its 125th anniversary.

The firm will run the cafe service and cater events and functions at the museum.

Tullie House said the partnership aims to deliver "exciting food and drink offerings to visitors of the museum, with a focus on fresh, seasonal produce, all sourced from a local supply chain".

The museum revamped its cafe in June.

Coffee roaster and tea blenders John Watt was bought by Origins Caterers in 2015.

Its directors are Peter and Carol Johnston.

Peter said: “We are passionate about showcasing the incredible local produce we have in this area of the country.

"We want to give opportunities to local suppliers to showcase their produce to not only the local community but also to visitors from further afield and Tullie House is the ideal venue for this.

"As well as the regular café menu, there will be daily specials and every Saturday in November we have arranged tasting sessions with different local producers.”

The firm prides itself on using produce sourced from a 50-mile radius of its premises.

Katie Proud, head of finance and resources at Tullie House, added: “We are pleased to be partnering with John Watt.

"Peter and Carol are enthusiastic about the opportunities that are available here at Tullie House.

"We share their passion for quality, sustainability, good value, innovation and supporting local suppliers.

"This is a highly valued partnership that will contribute to the ongoing success of Tullie House.”

It also offers a takeaway service, using Vegware containers, which are fully compostable.

John Watt opened in Glovers Row in Carlisle city centre in 1865.

It moved to Bank Street when the first shop was demolished in 1897, where it remains today.

Peter and Carol opened a second site on Blackfriars Street in Carlisle in 2017 so it could install a bigger roaster to service its wholesale customers and opened a cafe alongside it.

It took over running the cafe at the city's Cumbria Museum of Military Life in 2017 and earlier this year, the cafe at Whitehaven's Rum Story.