CUMBRIA's first 1920s prohibition-themed restaurant is set to open its doors.

Prohib, Ulverston's newest bar and restaurant, is a 1920s styled eatery, offering a host of delectable dishes and quirky cocktails.

The restaurant, located in the upstairs area of Rioja in New Market Street, has been in the works for the past 18 months under the expertise of director Tony Martinez.

He said Prohib offers something 'new and different' to Ulverston, the Lakes and all of Cumbria.

"There's nothing like this in the Lakes or Cumbria - it's completely unique," he said.

"We didn't want to do a Peaky Blinders restaurant or bar like a lot of places have done, we wanted to do something classy and a bit nicer.

"Hopefully it will drive people into Ulverston and add something a bit different to the town.

"It's very different to most venues in town, we wanted the upstairs to be quite special and themed around the cocktails which is our speciality.

"We've made our own Prohib Creations which are cocktails that don't exist anywhere else as well as classics from the pre-prohibition and modern era."

The restaurant also offers a wide-ranging menu, featuring Italian, French, Swiss and British dishes like carpaccio, cordon bleu, man and cheese and chocolate or cheese fondues.

Mr Martinez said there was a demand for another restaurant in Ulverston which serves good quality drinks and food.

He said: "There's lots of pubs and bars in Ulverston but there's not an awful lot of restaurants.

"I think there's a demand from the public to have somewhere different which is why we wanted to do this.

"We've brought in a head chef from London who's absolutely fantastic and passionate about food."

Mr Martinez was not deterred about opening up a restaurant during a pandemic.

"Life's about taking risks and I'm definitely up for taking risks," he said.

"It's not wrong to open up a business in a pandemic - it's quite brave.

"Hopefully it will encourage other people thinking about opening a business to take the gamble.

"It benefits the town and we all benefit when Ulverston is thriving."

Prohib is set to open its doors to customers from tomorrow.