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An investment by Punch Pubs & Co has helped to relaunch a pub in Cumbria’s Eden Valley, with a new face behind the bar amongst one of its numerous changes.

The Station Hotel is set amongst the breathtaking views of Penrith Castle, and on Saturday 14th October, Publican Tony Hughes reopened its doors with a brand-new style.

Moving back into the hospitality industry, Tony is looking forward to adding some new elements to the traditional pub, whilst also retaining some of its existing qualities and quintessential characteristics.

“There’s lots of competition where we are,” said Tony, “but we’re hoping that we can offer something new to the community. What we can offer that other pubs in the area can’t, is our unrivalled views of the castle grounds from our beer garden.”

The £140,000 investment with Punch Pubs & Co includes the renovation of the pub’s entire downstairs bar, toilets, and upstairs function room.

The function room, which will be open to the public for celebratory and corporate event hire, will also feature state-of-the-art interactive darts – a combination of traditional darts and modern technology which Tony hopes will create a unique, fun, and enjoyable experience.

Guests will be able to book the function room at their leisure, with Tony hoping that it will be a popular option for Christmas parties where customers can enjoy a three-course meal followed by interactive darts or karaoke.

Adding to the entertainment line-up is the addition of Sky and BT Sports where guests can tune into the world’s biggest sporting events. Tony has also installed a screen in the pub’s generous beer garden so that guests can watch their favourite games and eat, drink, and socialise opposite the castle views.

The Station Hotel will feature a traditional menu consisting of fish and chips, chilli con carne and gammon, alongside indulgent pastas, rice and risottos. All freshly made on site, the pub will also cater for their hotel guests providing breakfasts and takeaway items seven days a week.

Close by to the North Lakes, the pub has nine ensuite guest rooms to accommodate tourists and visitors, available to book directly through the Hotel’s website.

Punch Pubs & Co Operations Manager Becky Davies said: “I am really excited about the re-opening of The Station and look forward to continue to work with Tony on his exciting plans for the future, which include a second phase in the New Year for the letting bedrooms.”

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