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Graphite Bar

Graphite Bar


Our bar has been completely refurbished, in a way which is consistent with our overall aim to use the best of Cumbrian product, skills and natural materials. The bar renovation uses Kirkstone Brathay slate, Cumbrian oak and an intricate basket light, weaved with willow harvested near Cockermouth. The interior has been crafted by local artisans for a stylish, natural and authentic feel - all overseen by design consultancy Other Works.

It main features are:

A five metre long curved slate bar top, etched with contour lines tracing surrounding lakes and fells. This one-off item of deep blue slate was quarried and etched to order by Gordon Greaves Ltd in Ambleside. The intricate pattern was created using the mill's state-of-the-art cutting equipment.

Handcrafted Cumbrian oak display cabinets, sustainably sourced and crafted by DF Furniture & Timber in Bothel.

A unique hand weaved, metre-wide basket light, using sustainable Welsh willow, grown and harvested yards from the workshop of traditional basket weaver Phil Bradley, to create ambient, intimate lighting over the seating area.

Ten bar stools designed by Other Works, inspired by the Arts and Crafts era, prevalent at the time the hotel was built in 1909.

The stools were hand-made from Cumbrian oak by Pippa Murray, Rhianon Morgan-Hatch with Paul Burke in his workshop in Thackthwaite near Penrith. They learned steam bending skills from top steam bender Charlie Whinney, of Staveley, south Cumbria. The hotel logo is etched into the back of each stool and defined in graphite.

The bar is fully licensed, and is well stocked with a selection of local bottled ales, beers and lagers, and a fine choice of carefully selected wines and champagnes. Our malt whisky and local gin list is impressive and still growing.

All in all, its a wonderful space for great conversation over a refreshing drink after a good day out.


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Map reference: NY 401555  Lat: 54.89108 Long: -2.93412

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