Carnforth inn and restaurant reveals new look after £450k refurb

A family-owned inn and restaurant, which under went an extensive redesign and renovation earlier this year, is welcoming more customers than ever before.

By Gayle Rouncivell
Tuesday, 5th July 2022, 12:45 pm

The Longlands Inn & Restaurant at Tewitfield, near Carnforth, revealed the full extent of its £450k stunning new look this spring and since reopening has catered for more than 12,000 covers.

This is an increase of around 300 more diners compared to the same period in 2021.

The popular canalside inn and restaurant is now gearing up for the busy summer season and what looks set to be a record year.

The Longlands at Tewitfield.

By converting the previous function suite into a larger space for diners – the Lapwing Bar & Dining Room – The Longlands is able to cater for an additional 30-40 covers per sitting.

Head chef Mark Swanton’s kitchen has had a complete refurbishment with a new layout and new equipment and has been opened for diners to see his team at work.

A new bistro-style coffee area serving locally roasted speciality coffee from Atkinsons of Lancaster and freshly made cakes and desserts are a welcoming sight as you walk through the doors.

In the new-look Lapwing Bar & Dining Room, named after the area’s most familiar and charismatic birds, a custom-designed curved wooden bar with marble effect surface spans the entire bar area.

The new bar area at The Longlands.

Handmade by Lancashire’s Paul Case Furniture, the bar is complemented by a similarly bespoke wine station. A mix of new seating options include raised banquette booths, window seats, and tall bar tables and stools.

Throughout the refurbishment, owners the Robinson family were careful to maintain the much-loved character of the traditional coaching inn with existing pieces like vintage chests in the Lapwing Dining Room being retained.

Even the local artwork on the walls has been arranged in themes, with every piece selected with a nod to the local area showcasing the location, things to do, and things to see.

The Longlands refurbishment is the start of a wider five-year programme of investment from the group of family-owned Inn & Restaurants, which also includes Plato’s in Kirkby Lonsdale and The New Inn at Yealand.

New conservatory seating at The Longlands.

A second phase of exterior work at The Longlands will include an outside bike wash (or dog wash!) area with shelter, which is due to be completed by September, followed by two new bedrooms increasing the number of rooms to 13.

Co-owner Fiona Robinson said: “This is by far the biggest investment we have made at The Longlands, so it’s been really exciting seeing everything come together and everyone’s reaction to the changes.

"The Longlands is the hub of the marina and canal complex, and a popular meeting place for locals and tourists, and people can’t believe it’s the same place! It’s had a stylish yet authentic makeover taking care to keep the relaxed countryside coaching house atmosphere that our customers know and love.

“We’ve increased the number of covers in the restaurant and provided more jobs across front of house, kitchen, and housekeeping.

A Longlands burger.

"We also took great care to use talented and skilled local tradespeople and suppliers wherever possible. It really was brilliant to see how all the trades came together and how efficient the whole project was. The co-ordination of all the trades was unreal and we’re delighted with the results.”

The new bar area at The Longlands.
Coffee and cakes at The Longlands.