There’s more than walking boots and Kendal mint cake in the Lake District

The team at the successful ‘Cranleigh Boutique Brand’, are hoping to inject high class luxury and outstanding service into the Lake District, with the announcement of their latest venture – an upmarket wine and champagne bar with patisserie.  Work is currently well underway creating the 70 seater establishment to be named, The Fizzy Tarté, located in a prominent position in the heart of Bowness-on-Windermere.

Set to open in March, patrons will be able to enjoy the luxury interior, or take in the ambience of one of the Lake District’s most vibrant villages, in a seated area outside.  Open seven days a week till late, The Fizzy Tarté will offer a carefully considered selection of beers, wine, champagne and bespoke cocktails, together with light bites.  Ideal, for long lazy lunches that stretch right into the evening. 


“We’re really excited about the launch of The Fizzy Tarté, a trendy bar and café that will be completely unique.  There’s nothing in the Lake District like it.” said the Cranleigh’s CEO, Stephen Hargreaves, who together with Managing Director, Kay Harrison-Mann, has spent many months perfecting every detail befitting of the Cranleigh brand.  

"When we first started looking at this last year, we wanted to create a venue that we would love to visit.  The Fizzy Tarté will echo the look and feel of a sophisticated city pavement café.  There’s a real gap in the market in the Lake District for a chic bar that transitions easily from the daytime to the night time market and we’re aiming to fill that.”

Hargreaves, 41, is certainly not averse to creating something ‘different’.  The ‘Boutique Church Suites’, again based in Bowness-on-Windermere, launched a year ago and are a far cry from the traditional style type accommodation one might expect to find in the Lake District.    Boldly designed and crammed with contemporary furnishings and hi tech gadgets, they were named the ‘best hotel suites in the UK and second in the world’ at the International Hotel and Property Awards in July 2015.  Hargreaves believes The Fizzy Tarté is the next step in creating something original. 

“Customers are seeking an upmarket experience, exceptional service and a modern, sophisticated environment.  That does not exist here at the present time.” he explains.  

“We’re also making a significant investment in the local area in creating something as distinctive as The Fizzy Tarté and that can only be a good thing for local businesses and residents alike.”

Hargreaves and Harrison-Mann are also keen to create a strong, loyal customer base by introducing a VIP membership and will be giving away £100,000 worth of champagne to VIP members to celebrate their opening.  The Fizzy Tarté is the first of two developments being launched by the Cranleigh brand this year, the second being an upmarket club on the same site, name The Purple Octopus, due to open in September.