Cumbria may well be one of the most sparsely populated counties in the UK but when you live and work in this beautiful region you quite often find you're never a million miles away from a family connection.
Our story goes back more than 30 years when Chris' father - Andrew - was a well known and highly respected builder working throughout the Lake District. One of the larger projects he undertook was at the Three Shires Inn, Langdale which included a substantial extension which he built using traditional methods and of course local materials - in this case Lakeland slate.
Fast forward to June 2017 and as designer maker of the Cumbria Tourism Award Chris attends the swish black tie awards evening. With over 18 categories the awards celebrate Cumbria's finest tourism businesses with each of the worthy winners receiving a bespoke hand-crafted bronze and steel plaque which this year featured the profile of Blencathra. The awards are designed in such a way they can be proudly hung on the wall or used as a desk top piece.
So here's the link. The very worthy winner of the 2017 Pub of the Year was the Three Shires Inn - which means that the award plaque as designed and hand-crafted by Chris could now be hanging on a wall which his father built all those years ago - quality craftmanship through and through. And we think that's actually really rather nice.
Team from the Three Shires Inn, Langdale - winner of the 2017 Cumbria Tourism Award Pub of the Year
Proprieter Ian (on the left) worked with Andrew on the building work over 30 years ago
Photo by Jenny Woolgar
Now all we need do is presuade Chris to take Team Brammall for lunch!
We can highly recommend the Three Shires Inn for a bite to eat or night away - to find out more about this beautiful Lakeland Inn visit the website here.