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Owners of a Cumbrian pub have revealed an artist’s impression of how the premises look after a year-long rebuild, which is expected to create 30 jobs.
The existing Golden Fleece Inn, in Ruleholme, near Brampton, is to be demolished along with a traditional country pub with state-of-the-art facilities, restaurant, banquet hall, 23 bedrooms and associated facilities coming out of the rubble.
The owners want to create an upscale development to cater to a wide range of local, leisure, business and travel consumers.
They aim to attract visitors to Cumbria’s two World Heritage sites – Hadrian’s Wall and the Lake District – as well as passengers using nearby Carlisle Lake District Airport, which is slated to open for scheduled flights in July.
Clearance work is due to begin on-site later this month after the major redevelopment received the green light from Carlisle City Council. The first guests will be welcomed in 2020.
The new premises will create jobs and the workforce is expected to increase to around 40 full-time and part-time positions. The number of rooms will increase by 14.
The rebuilding is the brainchild of Robert and Sylvia Cowan, who have run the Golden Fleece since 2011, and new business partners David and Roweena Corkill.
Mr Cowan said: “We want to retain the warmth and hospitality of the old place, but improve the facilities with a wow factor and something that this area just doesn’t have. In our opinion, a great new facility can have greater benefits for the local economy and attract more tourists.
“We are also looking forward to welcoming again the many loyal customers that the former Fleece enjoyed serving.
“We are very excited about all the possibilities and can’t wait to start construction. “
The premises, designed by Carlisle-based architectural firm Ashwood Design Associates, will offer an area of 2,180 m², a two-sided veranda and parking for 81 vehicles.
In addition to fine dining at the restaurant, there will also be a more informal dining area next to the bar. Other features will include an inglenook fireplace, microbrewery, terrace, garden and landscaping.
Mr Corkill said: “We believe this will be a major advantage for the region. Create something, not quite a Phoenix from the ashes, but something much better than before.
“It took a year to get there. We originally thought we could expand it to do more, but after considering all the possibilities, the best option was to take it out to create something completely new.
An auction of the hostel’s fixtures and fittings in February drew buyers from around the world.