Top chef Terry Laybourne hooks up with business leader Nigel Mills on new project

Top chef Terry Laybourne will be working with Nigel Mills on the Lakes Distillery

Terry Laybourne
Terry Laybourne

Nationally renowned restaurateur Terry Laybourne is hooking up with one of region’s best known businessmen on his latest venture.

The boss of the Newcastle-based 21 Hospitality Group has been announced as the consultant to the planned Bistro at The Lakes Distillery in Cumbria being put together by Nigel Mills, chairman of the Entrepreneurs Forum in the North East.

The casual bistro and bar, at what is to become England’s largest whisky distillery, will be housed in the converted Victorian model farm. Diners will be able to view the distillery’s handmade copper stills producing The Lakes Single Malt, Lakes Gin and Lakes Vodka, with nearby views that show the unsurpassed beauty of the River Derwent and Bassenthwaite Lake.

Mr Laybourne said: “We’re aiming to create something genuinely unique, a bistro that will take its food and service seriously, a venue we hope will become one of Cumbria’s most popular destinations.

“We want to keep our visitors stimulated and so the menu will be constantly evolving to reflect the seasons and the local produce available. The bistro will aim for a relaxed, lively daytime and evening service with a front of house team focussed on offering diners a great experience.”

Nigel Mills
Nigel Mills

The bistro will also house the distillery’s boardroom, a private dining area for 30 people where the casks of maturing whisky can be viewed. The area will be host to the distillery’s Connoisseurs’ and Founders’ Club events.


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