1863, the award-winning, Ullswater-based restaurant with rooms, is marking 2022 with the start of a new chapter. Head Chef, Phil Corrie, who has been with the business since it first opened in 2016, is stepping up to join owners Mark and Anne Vause, as a business partner.


Thanks to the incredibly hard work and significant investment made by the owners, this plucky little restaurant with rooms has become known for punching above its weight – delighting customers by day, by night, overnight and at home as the pandemic has seen it innovate and evolve with the support of its fans from around the country.


Phil (30) has garnered praise from customers and industry peers from the off. And as this new chapter begins, he’s brimming over with ideas as to how to build on the already considerable success the team has achieved so far.


Phil says:

“I’m absolutely delighted to be stepping up to join Mark and Anne as a business partner. 1863 has been a labour of love for all of us over the last six years. As we move forwards, I look forward to working with and welcoming new and old faces alike – both team members and customers; to reintroducing ‘1863 at Home’ on a permanent basis and to really pushing ourselves to achieve new culinary heights. We’re continually seeking out innovative and exciting suppliers and producers as we strive to create even better experiences for our guests.”


And what of Anne and Mark?  Well, after 14 years of long hours and hard graft creating what was Elm House Guest House and is now 1863, Mark and Anne are taking a step back from the day-to-day running to afford them a better work life balance and free them up to concentrate on plans for further improvements and development of the property.  Fortunately, Phil was the natural choice to entrust the continued growth and success of 1863 to.


Mark commented:

“2022 felt like the right time to make this change. We have several exciting opportunities on the horizon including building new adjacent accommodation that has full planning permission in place. This in turn will allow us to add a ground-floor suite  and expand the main kitchen. With all this in mind, we had no hesitation in offering Phil a well-deserved partnership in the business.  Not only has he been Head Chef since the restaurant opened in 2016, but he has also been General Manager since 2018 and is no stranger to the day-to-day running. We know that with Phil in charge, 1863 has a bright and exciting future.”  


So whilst guests might not see Anne and Mark around as much, they will still be there in the background undertaking everything from serving breakfast to room maintenance, building development and paperwork!


Located in Pooley Bridge, 1863 Restaurant with Rooms has 2AA Rosettes for culinary excellence and are the winners of the 2018 Cumbria Life ‘Readers award’ and the highly-coveted 2019 ‘Taste’ Award in the Cumbria Tourism Awards.


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