The operators of a group of popular Lakes venues have acquired their latest venture– just in time to open last weekend.

Alex Mauro and Colin Monk, owners of High Spirits Leisure Group, have agreed a lease to take over The Fulling Mill, Ambleside.

Mr Mauro and Mr Monk operate several venues including– The Flying Pig, The Yewdale Inn and Enzo’s, Coniston, The Flying Fleece, Ambleside and The Arts Bar & Grill in Bowness.

The 15th century, Grade II listed building, has been refurbished by the pair and was ready to reopen on July 4.

The four storey building features dining on the two upper floors and a bar downstairs. Formerly operated as a fulling mill for clothmaking, it features a working weir and other restored machinery.

The businessmen were advised on the lease by David Hill, Real Estate Partner and Jamie Allison, Head of Real Estate & Cumbria at regional law firm, Napthens.

Mr Allison of Napthens said: “It’s a bold move, taking over a venue in a short space of time, when the Government’s specific plans for the lockdown hadn’t been finalised but they are firmly looking beyond the next few months and planning for the long-term, which is great to see.

“The current restrictions will no doubt bring some challenges for the leisure sector generally, but Alex and Colin and their loyal team are up to it.We were able to secure the lease for them relatively quickly given current restrictions so their plans for refurbishment and opening could go ahead.”

Mr Mauro said: “It’s been tough to get to this stage during the lockdown, but thanks to Napthens and a supportive landlord we were able to secure the lease, and the team here have worked hard to have the Fulling Mill ready.

“We’re planning to bring the same approach we have across all our venues but with all the necessary public health restrictions for as long as they are needed. We’re able to open safely for our customers but at the same time, we’re firmly looking at the future ready for when things can get back to normal.”