Whisky distillery secures restoration funding

A distillery in Cumbria has secured a £250,000 Investing in Business grant from economic development organisation Britain's Energy Coast to unlock a £2m development.

The Lakes Distillery will invest the funding in a new distillery, visitor centre and bistro, bar and shop in a converted Victorian farm at the northern end of Bassenthwaite Lake, near Keswick.

Following the launch of its first product, The One blended whisky at Taste Cumbria last autumn, renovations are now underway at the site. Investing in Business is financed by the Regional Growth Fund and Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

The new facility will be Cumbria's first whisky distillery built for more than a century. Production of The Lakes Gin, The Lakes Vodka and The Lakes Malt is due to start in the summer with the remaining building work complete in time for the visitor centre, bistro, bar and shop to open later in the year.

Paul Currie, managing director of Lakes Distillery, said: "We aspire for The Lakes Distillery to become both a production operation and visitor attraction of excellence to the benefit of the local workforce and economy."

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