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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Carlisle bar to shut for refurbishment

A city centre bar is closing temporarily for a refurbishment.

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Gill Ellis: ‘Quite a few things in the pipeline’

The Lane Bar Kitchen on Long Lane, between Fisher Street and Castle Street, will open again on January 18.

Gill Ellis, who has run the bar since March 2011, usually closes for a time in January to carry out minor renovations and refurbishments.

She said: “Basically its an ongoing project. We are aiming to bring a little glamour to our ladies and gents toilets. They are small but will be quite chic when we have finished.

“We are also installing new flooring and revamping our entrance and doing some bits and pieces downstairs in the bar.

“We have quite a few things in the pipeline for the spring, including our boutique guest accommodation becoming available from March, so quite a lot to do in a short time – we do like a challenge.”

The new accommodation is a one-bedroom townhouse with a bathroom, living room and kitchen.

Gill said: “It will be marketed as Lane House Boutique Accommodation. We are trying to offer something a little bit different.

“We are not going to have a TV as we want a place where a couple can come and just enjoy each other’s company.

“We had a trial run and had a incredible response, so we must be on the right track.”

The Lane operates from a building that was formerly Alcoves, the Lemon Lounge and Magentas.

PMcClounie@cngroup.co.uk

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