Former Robertson’s Bakery and Café conversion to traditional style pub
A Work in Progress: John van Liverop’s new addition, as seen on Google Street View in May 2016.
The former Robertson’s Bakery and Café in Carlisle city centre is set to see a makeover as a traditional-style public house. As well as new oak doors, there will be timber or metal windows, and a sandstone fascia. The centrepiece of the plan is a natural slate roof.
Its previous tiles will be replaced by natural slate ones. With slate’s longevity, its initial investment pays off as the years progress. Furthermore, the new look will be more in keeping with surrounding shops and bars on Lowther Street.
The application was made to Carlisle City Council by John van Liverop, who owns a quartet of bars and nightclubs in Carlisle. His latest addition will be his third one on Lowther Street (the other two are the Concrete and The Last Zebra nightclubs). His other two licensed premises in Carlisle are Eaten By Monsters and Hell Below and Co.
The natural slate roof will be above three flats. His plans, rubber stamped in early September, will see the flats, let as staff accommodation on its first floor. Proposed licensing hours will be 11 am to midnight from Sunday to Thursday. On Fridays and Saturday, it’ll be open until 3 am.
Why a Natural Slate Roof?
As well as longevity, natural slate is a durable material. It can withstand the worst of weathers which, given the Cumbrian climate, is an absolute must. Most importantly, in this context, it is consistent with the immediate surroundings of the hostelry.
Once it’s opened, there’s half a chance we could call in for the odd pint, maybe two or three. Or watch some live football. That’s after we’ve had a look at the natural slate roof first.