A NEW ice cream parlour is set to be opened at a popular village shop and cafe.

The Melting Pot is located behind The Wetheral Village Shop and The Posting Pot cafe and will hold its grand opening on Sunday, March 31.

Paul Blythe is the owner of The Posting Pot and has spearheaded the creation of the new ice cream parlour since receiving planning permission for it in February 2023, with it being originally hoped that it could have been opened last September.

News and Star: However, The Melting Pot will officially open on Easter Sunday, and ahead of the grand opening Paul explained how he is hoping the new attraction will bring more people to Wetheral. 

He said: "It's an add-on to our cafe with a bit more outside space and I am just trying to promote the village a bit more.

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"It is a great village to live in anyway and we have got loads of great businesses here like the hotel, there is great river walks so it was just an idea... an ice cream parlour, there is not any round here so I thought let's just go for it so here we are. 

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"I suppose the shop and the cafe are already a central point of the village so it is just something extra where you can sit outside when it is sunny or have the cover over when it is raining."

News and Star: The Melting Pot is also set to celebrate local produce with its ice cream being sourced from Brampton's Temon Farm Milk Barn with 10 flavours including 'Golden Delicious', a twist on the traditional vanilla, strawberries and cream, mint chocolate chip set to feature.

News and Star: Alongside the locally sourced ice cream, The Melting Pot will stock a number of alcoholic beverages from neighbouring village Great Corby's Brewhouse and Paul expressed his delight at being able to showcase these local brands.

He said: "The ice creams that we are keeping are local from Temon Farm and they are really really nice and we also keep the Corby ales and we are going to try and get some Carlisle gin so we just want to keep it local as much as we possibly can."