An iconic Cumbrian inn can now offer its guests and diners excellent digital connections, thanks to work undertaken during lockdown.
The Woolpack Inn, at the foot of Hardknott Pass at the head of the Eskdale Valley, has had a new network installed to improve its wifi.
Dating back to the 16th century, The Woolpack Inn is popular with walkers as a base for exploring the Eskdale Valley and the neighbouring Wasdale Valley, as well as England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike.
Specialist firm Carlisle-based Integrity IT Solutions carried out the work and the inn now has fast, reliable wifi throughout its Hardknott Bar and Cafe, bedrooms, beer garden, self-catering accommodation and motorhome site.
Paddington Berger, who runs The Woolpack, said: “It’s going to transform the way we work completely.
“We got fibre optic broadband to the pub last February but, due to COVID, we weren’t able to take advantage of it.
“Previously, we had a system which worked separately in different parts of the building, which was not ideal but now it all works together.
“It’s essential that we have excellent WiFi coverage, not only for our customers and guests but also for the running of the business.”
The Woolpack is due to reopen fully on Monday, May 17, following the lifting of further COVID-19 restrictions, when the bar and restaurant is set to be open for indoor food and drink, and guests can once again stay over in the pub’s seven en suite bedrooms.
Stephen Whelan, technical director at Integrity IT Solutions, said many hospitality businesses had updated and upgraded their IT systems during lockdown ahead of reopening to customers.