Businesses in Kendal are taking part in #yourewelcomekendal, a campaign to promote all the
fantastic cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, producers and food retailers in the town.
We’ve been catching up with the people behind the businesses to find out why they love what they do.
Ben Evans is manager of Fell Bar, in Lowther Street. It is one of the taps for Fell Brewery, based in Flookburgh, which also has bars in Penrith, Cartmel and Chorlton, Manchester.
“All the people who work here are really into their beer and love to share their knowledge and help people choose just the right thing from our menu,” says Ben.
“We mainly sell beers from Fell, but we have a number of guests on as well from all over the country. The brewery is always creating new beers and so there’s always something fresh on the bar. Then there are regulars that are always available like our Ghyll Golden Ale or Helles Lager. People’s appetite for different styles and flavours of beer has really grown and they’re willing to experiment. Some of the more unusual beers are now our best sellers.
“We’re just somewhere for people to go and get some really good craft beers and hopefully meet new people. We wanted to make somewhere that is good and relaxed but has a nice buzz to it at the same time. We have regular live music as well when we want things to become a bit more rowdy.
“Over the last four years the quality of pubs in Kendal has just risen dramatically, especially for craft beer. We now have quite a lot of customers who do a little circuit of the pubs around town. All of the pubs know each other and we all get along. It’s like a little community really, rather than people being in competition. It’s a nice place to be and everyone just supports each other.
“I pretty much met all of my friends in Kendal through the pub. I get to work with my friends which is lovely. You also get to know a lot of the regulars very well and we spend time with each other outside of work too.”
Check out Fell Brewery and its bars at www.fellbrewery.co.uk
#yourewelcomekendal is being funded by the Government’s Welcome Back Fund. The Welcome Back Fund is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and HM Government as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.