Cranleigh brand taps into local custom with trendy new bar


The team behind the Cranleigh Boutique brand has revealed plans for its next venture, with the launch of a trendy new wine and Champagne bar in Bowness-on-Windermere in March.

The Cranleigh Boutique has built up a hugely successful name for itself with its two hospitality offerings in the Lakes, The Cranleigh Boutique and The Boutique Church Suites, which were launched just over a year ago.

Now the team plan to bring something entirely new to the area, with work well underway for the brand’s new upmarket 70-seater establishment, The Fizzy Tarté, due to open in just a few month’s time.

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Open seven days a week until late, The Fizzy Tarté will offer a selection of beers, wine, Champagne, cocktails and light bites.

“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.

"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 has become renowned for creating something ‘different’ for the Lakes and pushing the boundaries of traditional hospitality.

The ‘Boutique Church Suites’, again based in Bowness-on-Windermere, caused a stir when they launched a year ago. Boldly designed and 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.

He now hopes to create the same ‘wow’ factor with his new venture.

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

“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.”