Busk for your brekkie

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A Lancaster pub will be offering a musical accompaniment to the most important meal of the day with the launch of its Busk For Your Breakfast scheme.

The Robert Gillow has been opening at 8am for breakfast since October, and now there will be music performed by staff hired as part of the pub’s recent “musical bar staff recruitment campaign”, as well as featured local artists and special breakfast events.

Landlord Mark Cutter said: “Lancaster has a fantastic tradition of street music, and through various Facebook groups and other online forums, I realised that many street performers are travelling a long way to stand on the often cold and wet streets of Lancaster performing to passing shoppers. Being situated between the train station and the city centre, we’re in a perfect position to offer performers the chance to warm up – musically and physically – and earn themselves a breakfast, before taking to the city’s streets.”

The pub will be serving breakfast every day from 8am until midday, and there will be live music from 10am.

The revamped breakfast menu will also feature the return of Champagne breakfasts which Mark said had proved popular on special days such as Mothers’ Day and Valentine’s Day. He added: “If alcohol isn’t what you really enjoy with breakfast we still have a great range of coffees, teas, and fourteen (I think) different fruit juices. As ever, children are as welcome as adults as we are a family place.”

There are also already confirmed plans to host “Jazz Breakfasts” featuring guest artists during this year’s Lancaster Jazz Festival and “International Music Breakfasts” during the Lancaster Music Festival.

Starting this week, The Robert Gillow will be offering breakfast slots to buskers and other travelling musicians as part of the scheme. Contact Mark at The Robert Gillow on 01524 36092 or via the pub’s Facebook page to get involved.

For further information on Robert Gillow gigs, and gigs at many of the other musically minded city pubs, see the Gig Guide below.