New collaboration sees John Watt and Son team up with The Rum Story

 The Rum Story Whitehaven FDMB North West

Visitors to Whitehaven will spot a familiar sign (or smell) on the streets very soon, as Carlisle’s oldest coffee roasters and tea blenders John Watt and Son are working with The Rum Story in running their café onsite, both historic establishments in Cumbria.

Celia MacKenzie, Commissioner and Chief Executive of the Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners, said: “We are delighted to working with John Watt and Son who like The Rum Story have been in Cumbria for over a century. We like their ethos and believe they are best people to run the The Rum Story café where they will be serving locally roasted coffees, quality blended teas, snacks and dishes that uses local produce. We can’t wait for the people of Whitehaven and those who visit to experience this. It is beneficial to the continued regeneration of the Whitehaven Harbour and be something for all to enjoy.”

Peter Johnston, Director at John Watt & Son, said: “Carol and I were honoured when we were asked to come in and run the café at The Rum Story. We appreciated that they saw what we have achieved in Bank Street, Carlisle. We always strive to use local produce and bring that quality of coffee, tea and food to customers. We are excited about this new partnership.”

The new collaboration will means that people who have John Watt and Son loyalty cards will be able to now use them as well at The Rum Story café. Visitors will also get to enjoy their £1 Takeaway Filter Deal and Muffin deal, where they can get any coffee like a Flat White or a pot of tea with a muffin of their choice.

The Rum Story is open all year round. Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm as is the cafe. Discover the origins of Whitehaven’s dark slave trade – from African villages to the sugar plantations on the island of Antigua. Their museum brings the past to life with the tales of Blackbeard and piracy on the high seas, smugglers and Nelson’s Navy.

Situated in the original cellars and warehouse of 1785, The Rum Story has recreated brilliancy and perfectly captured the essence of each time and place. And when you have finished, you can enjoy food and drink at the John Watt and Son café at The Rum Story.

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