AN HISTORIC Lake District pub is set to launch its first menu this weekend to a welcome reception from supportive residents.
The Royal Oak at Spark Bridge in Cumbria was taken over and reopened by family-business Lakeland Inns last month.
And with local residents making it clear to the owners that they want the pub to go ahead with its plans to reintroduce pub meals - the new menu is set to be launched on Friday.
Lakeland Inns managing director Kirsty Mackenzie says she has been overwhelmed by support from the community since the pub’s opening.
Kirsty, who runs the business with husband Scott, said: “So many people have called in to have a drink and tell us how happy they are that the Royal Oak is open for business once again.
“It has been great and the team has immediately felt welcomed and accepted into the community.
“After we carried out the initial refresh of the pub the next step was always to open the kitchen.
“We have created a menu of dishes made from locally sourced ingredients, and I am really pleased we are launching this on Friday.”
Despite the coronavirus outbreak, local residents have stressed that they will continue to support the venue, and are going ahead with their meal bookings.
“We are extremely grateful for the support people are showing,” said Kirsty.
Extra health and safety measures have been put in place for customers at all Lakeland Inns’ pubs - The Sun Inn, at Ulverston; The Commodore at Grange-over-Sands; The Black Cock Inn at Broughton-in-Furness; as well as at The Royal Oak.
Kirsty said: “We are all working hard to ensure our venues stay open for customers who want to get out of the house, and still have somewhere to enjoy a drink, some company and good food.
“Our pubs have always been at the heart of the towns and villages they serve and we will continue - in the most responsible way possible - to ensure that is the case.
“We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure the environment is as safe as possible and are following all current advice from the relevant bodies such as the government and NHS.”