THE EARLY DAYS
Like many who holiday in the Lakes, the Abbotts dreamed of living here one day. A once in a lifetime chance came along, and despite the anxiety about leaving our life in London, we all decided to go for it.
First to move up were Beth, Paul and Emme. They renovated Lake View and got going with The Good Sport (then called Potted Out). The barns that would site Grasmere Brewery were completely derelict...but Paul had a plan!
Life was pretty hectic, but with commuting and office life far far behind us, it always felt worth it.
For about a year we had three pigs here at Lake View: Beatrix, Dorothy and Conan.
They cleared the over-grown ground down by the barns (now Grasmere Brewery...told you Paul had a plan!) The pigs kept him very busy!
There was briefly talk of having many more pigs...but surprisingly enough pig farming was not Beth's dream and we decided to focus on making beer!
THE GROWN UPS
Richard and Ros have been visiting the Lakes for many many years. It was their dream to move here originally, so it is wonderful that they are now able to live and work here.
On top of many other things, they are responsible for the stunning gardens here at Lake View and the beautiful flowers at The Good Sport,
If you can't find them in the garden, they will most likely be up a fell.!
IT STARTS TO COME TOGETHER
Five crazy years. Let's re-cap! We move from London to a run down B&B in Grasmere. Renovate. Take over a run down café. Renovate. Pigs! Turn derelict barns into a brewery. Turn café into pub. Make and sell beer for the first time. Phew!
We had just got into our stride when Covid-19 hit. The pause has given us time to rest, reconnect and get on top of jobs!
With gradual reopening from lockdown in 2021, we have at last been able to welcome guests back to Lake View, many for their first-ever trip to the Lake District!