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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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£400,000 Maryport fish restaurant and hotel to create jobs

A new £400,000 fish restaurant and nine-bedroom hotel are planned for Maryport, creating up to 15 new jobs.

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BIG PLANS: From left, Deborah Kemp, Yasmin Wilson, Seb Wilson and Wayne Benson at the Captain Nelson in Maryport, which is set to expand into a hotel and fish restaurant

Christian Wilson, owner of the Captain Nelson Tavern, on Irish Street, said the success of the pub had led to his decision to invest in the town.

He said a fishing town without a fish restaurant looked like it was in decline and he wanted to change that.

Mr Wilson took on the Captain Nelson, known locally as The Vatican, 18 months ago with his wife Mary.

He had gone to an auction intending to buy a house when he spotted the pub, which was closed, among the lots and decided to give it a go.

It is a family concern, employing his two sons, Jonny and Seb, his mother and father-in-law Yvonne and Richard Kemp, sister-in-law Deborah Kemp and niece Yasmin Wilson.

The couple took over the Captain Nelson at a time when pubs were struggling.

They have turned it into a success story with regularly full houses at meal times.

Mr Wilson, 46, said the pub had already gained a reputation for its fish and chips and the restaurant would provide an opportunity to build on that.

He added: “We are also getting increasingly busy with people using Hadrian’s Cycleway and this is often their first port of call.”

The next obvious step, he said, was to offer accommodation, which is why he is also planning a small hotel with nine double bedrooms.

Mr Wilson submitted a planning application just before Christmas to build the extension to the pub.

He said: “We were hoping to have planning permission already but the holidays have intervened.

“We are working with Allerdale council’s planning officers and hope we will be up and running by the end of the year.”

He hopes that most of his fish will come from local fishermen, giving them another sales outlet and helping to boost the fishing industry in the town.

He added that he also wanted a fishmonger-type operation attached to the restaurant so that people eating there could buy fresh fish.

Have your say

As a Maryport Lad through and through but living and working in Doha, Qatar, i come back "home" twice a year & support the Towns Pubs / Bars to the best of My ability, ( or as much as My Wife will let Me !! )
I think its Gr8 news for Maryport & the "Vatican", a Pub i have always frequented, there is deffo a shortage of decent Hotel Accomodation in the Area, and if the Town is to prosper then support should be given to Local Publicans / Landlords.
The Dock - Harbour area, along with the Promenade are the Jewels in the Towns Crown and despite millions of pounds being pumped ( & @ times wasted !! ) into the area by People with little, or no knowledge of what People want,it still remains a viable prospect & probably the best chance of the Towns future.
Local People like the owners of certain Bars in the area have battled on & gained a decent reputation & following over the years, good luck to them i say, along with good luck to Mr Wilson & His Family.

Posted by Kevin Winn on 4 January 2014 at 06:27

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