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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Manager looks back at Millom pub’s debut year

TOURISM plays a key part in Millom’s economy. Reporter JONATHAN HUMPHRIES met the two new tourism bosses tasked with leading a new programme of events across South Copeland

THE Bear on the Square, in St George’s Terrace, has seen a steady increase in punters since it opened its doors last year.

The pub, which says its aim is becoming the number one real ale pub in Millom, celebrated the occasion on the weekend of April 5.

Manager David Gandy, 52, paid tribute to the regulars who have supported the business and has some ideas as to the reasons for its success.

He said: “The Bear opened last year with just a handful of people but as the year has gone on it’s seen a gradual increase in footfall.”

The Bear works closely in conjunction with owners Hardknott Brewery and offers a range of locally-produced real ale.

“We supply real ale, from an award winning brewery whose products are highly prized throughout the world,” said David.

As well as a core of local customers, David also says the pub has attracted a steady flow of visitors from out of town.

“The Beer and Bangers festival last year, organised by South Copeland Tourism Community Interest Company, brought both locals and people from far afield, and I felt our local following were proud to share our progress with them,” he said.

“We’ve had regular entertainment supporting local bands with hotpot, curry, haggis and other theme nights.”

David also prides himself on the Bear’s range of teas and real coffees, and it’s family friendly atmosphere.

“Bad language and bad behaviour are not accepted – ever,” he said.

Despite the success the pub has already experienced in its debut year, plans are already in place to expand the business.

“Although we have seen some extensive refurbishment so far this is only the beginning, with a kitchen opening in the summer,” said David.

“As manager I would personally like to thank Millom people and everyone else who supports The Bear for making the pub a real success in its first year of operation.”

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