For a young musician who brings an undeniable love for all things music to the town of Keswick, the opportunity of running a bar makes up for a pretty dreamlike scenario.

Kerry Regan, who's in her early 20s, has made her dream reality as she's well into her first year of running the popular joint, The Pocket.

The niche and perfectly situated bar and cafe on Lake Road offers thin-crust pizzas, soups, cocktails, local and Belgian beers but also keeps the town entertained as it offers a variety in the way of music including open mic nights; djs; reggae; vinyl and folk sessions.

For Kerry, who only graduated from Newcastle University last year whilst studying music, said she was thrilled to see it all come to fruition - albeit being perhaps a little bit more manic than first expected.

Times and Star: Kerry upon the opening of her bar on Lake RoadKerry upon the opening of her bar on Lake Road

"I've always wanted to create a bit of a space for music in Keswick, and that's what we're trying to do with live music nights three nights a week.

"I used to busk a lot when I was younger in Keswick, so I was always wanted to see the area become a bit more of a hub for music. There was nights that I wanted to see put on in the town so I've done it myself, it really does create a nice space for the locals to come together, showcase our work and help support each other.

"It was always a dream down the line, I just didn't think it would have happened as quick as it did," she said.

Kerry, who was working in the bar previously when it was formerly Magnolia, jumped at the opportunity last September to take it onboard.

"It's pretty non-stop at the moment but that's the way it should be in the first year I guess. I've got a really amazing team of staff, which really helps.

"The community is so important and supportive, not just locals but other businesses - it's a nice connection we all have to each other and help out each other when we can. The support has been amazing both from the customer side and other businesses," she said.

The bar, which recently achieved it's five star food hygiene rating, is open seven days a week from 11am and you'll be guaranteed to be greeted with smiles and warm welcome and even get the chance to see Kerry herself take to the stage.

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