A chef is aiming to put Carlisle on the food and drink map.

Chris Archer, head chef at gourmet gastropub Pentonbridge Inn, wants the city to be ranked alongside the Lake District for the quality of its fine dining restaurants.

Cumbria has become renowned for its food and drink in recent years and now has the highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants outside of London.

Pentonbridge Inn recently launched an eight-course tasting menu featuring ingredients from the restored walled garden of its sister business, Netherby Hall, a historic stately home near Longtown.

Chris said: “It would be a brilliant boost for the area and create another great reason for people to come to this part of the world.

“We have worked extremely hard at Pentonbridge Inn over the past couple of years to build a great team, which works together to ensure that all of our guests have the best possible dining experience.

“We’re creating something really special here and I think anyone who visits us understands and relates to that.

“Some of the best produce in the UK is on our doorstep in Cumbria and we’re proud to be showcasing these quality ingredients in our dishes, while also highlighting the strong connection between the gardens at Netherby Hall and Pentonbridge Inn.”

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