Cumbrian entrepreneur Ian Dutton is celebrating a third award for his Bowness-based bar and eatery the Village Inn, taking most outstanding bar and grill in South Lakeland at the Restaurant and Bar Awards, hosted by LUX Magazine.

Village InnThe awards are given on merit, not popularity, and recognise the very best in luxury, hospitality and dining.

The accolade follows two international awards in February for best bar and grill 2017 and excellence in European cuisine 2017, in addition to being a finalist at the Cumbria Family Business Awards.

It’s been a hugely positive 2017 for Ian, who has continued to enjoy success at both the Village Inn and his Windermere-based, pork-inspired restaurant, The Pig.

In July, it was announced that he has also purchased the popular and historical Lighthouse Restaurant, one of Windermere’s oldest businesses, with plans for a complete refurbishment.

Ian has been at the helm of the Village Inn since 2011, which is located moments from the shores of Lake Windermere. Open every day, it has become renowned for its range of freshly prepared dishes, sourced locally, extensive bar and family feel. Menus are changed regularly, with home-made pasta dishes and creations from the grill particular specialities.

Ian said: “I don’t believe we could have planned 2017 any better, and this third award is like a cherry on the cake. Once again, our efforts in offering originality, exceptional customer service and consistently high standards have been recognised and we’re delighted to be leading the way in Bowness.”