A couple well known on Keswick’s catering circuit have swung into action with their new venture at the town’s golf club.
Jackie and Tim Atwood, who run Keswick Kitchen and Sunset Supper Club, have teed off their new business at Keswick Golf Club and say they plan to “putt” their own stamp on it.
The Threlkeld golf venue opened its doors for the first time this week after lockdown and the couple unveiled a complete new fitted kitchen.
A revamped bar area and dining room are also ready for a full reopening on May 17 should the lifting of coronavirus restrictions continue as outlined in the Government’s “roadmap” to recovery.
In between times the kitchen and outside patio area is open in line with government guidelines, for both golfers and visitors with a menu to be served outside should the weather allow.
“It is a really exciting time for the business and we can’t wait until we can open properly,” said Jackie. “We have had such a warm welcome from members of the golf club and people from Threlkeld have also called in to wish us well.
“I didn’t know anything about golf until we moved up here – but I have now found that bacon butties are the staple morning favourite for golfers!
“It is wonderful to sit on the patio and just sit and look out at the fells all around and we hope many more customers will come along and enjoy the view,” she added.
Keswick Kitchen and Sunset Supper Club has been operating for more than two years and is gearing up to welcome all previous customers, and many new ones to the new venue.
Once they can reopen properly Jackie said they would be open from 10am offering a brunch and lunchtime menu.
She also plans to open on Friday evenings offering a £5 supper and on Sunday where she will serve her much lauded lunches.
“We are open to everyone not just golfers and hope people will take the opportunity to come along and enjoy our food in what is a location with spectacular views.
“Once the lockdown is over we will increase community activities which could include barbecues and evening events,” said Jackie.
Throughout lockdown, Keswick Kitchen has offered take-away Sunday lunches, which have proved very popular throughout the pandemic, and also a drop-off dinner option for people wanting a special occasion meal, and take-away afternoon teas.
The Sunset Supper Club will also continue under the same premise, although the name may change.
Jackie ran a recruitment agency until 2009 when she moved into catering originally at Keswick Rugby Club.
Between 2015 and 2018 she operated Greta Gardens Bistro, near the town centre, until her lease expired.
She then went on to open The Keswick Kitchen and moved to Sunset Hill.
She has been supported by her husband Tim, who has spent a lifetime working in the service industry, including managing restaurants and hotels in the Lake District.
The philosophy of Keswick Kitchen is about local and fresh produce. The aim is to harness a long Cumbrian heritage and years of culinary knowledge.
They only use meat and game sourced from the natural larder that is the Lake District and pair it with vegetables and herbs from a kitchen garden.
The menu has been totally revamped and will include Cumbrian favourites.