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Cockermouth’s most historic restaurant re-opens after flood devastation

George Cherian
Famous Cockermouth based restaurant, ‘The Honest Lawyer’ is re-opening on 26th April, following the devastating damage caused by Storm Desmond last December.  Proprietor and head chef, George Cherian, had taken ownership of the establishment a little under eighteen months prior to the storm, which witnessed the town’s worst flooding since 2009.  The popular restaurant, which originally served as the town’s courthouse, sits in an enviable position on the River Cocker and was completely destroyed during the deluge, taking in more than five foot of flood water.

Following a challenging five months, George is looking to the future, with a stunning new modern interior, furniture and equipment; and has taken the opportunity to make some exciting new changes. 

The menu, previously focussing on a French/British style of cooking, will now offer a more Italian themed fare, with homemade gluten-free pizza, pasta dishes, light sharing platters, salads and a range of vegetarian options. 

The restaurant will now open for lunch, with the outside terrace – overlooking the river – attractively adorned with colourful seats, cushions, lanterns and blankets, for those wishing to take full advantage of the location.  



“It’s been a difficult time but at last, we are ready to open and having made some changes to our menu and styling, we’re feeling very positive about the future.” said George. 

“We’ve pared back the menu and are presenting a more relaxed and informal dining experience, perfect for couples, families and those seeking good quality food at a reasonable price.  Moreover, we’re looking forward to welcoming back new and familiar faces having been closed for so long.  We have received a great deal of support and encouragement throughout this ordeal.  Members of the community helped us clear away the deluge in the days immediately following the flood and we would like to say a very big ‘thank you’ to everybody who has helped us get to this point.”

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