A NEW deli and eatery offering a relaxed atmosphere and a changing menu has opened its doors in Kendal and is already receiving fantastic feedback.

Run by Tony Shaw, a former cabin crew manager, Pomegranate and Sage can be found on Wainwright's Yard.

Offering a selection of fresh, homemade cakes and desserts, salads, deli boxes and hot boxes, the variety on offer at the establishment is in part down to Mr Shaw's globetrotting past.

"I like street food," he said. "I like snacking food. Having spent 25 years travelling the world, one week I could be having a lunch in Chicago and on the Friday I could be having a beautiful salad on a vineyard in Cape Town. That's what I like to be able to have, different things all the time and to change things."

Products have been sourced as locally as possible, utilising bread from More, Staff of Life and Lovingly Artisan and Haytons Butchers, in Staveley, for meat.

There is also a retail range on offer and customers can buy pulses, nuts and grains in 100g measures if they want to try their hand at recreating one of the dishes they have tasted.

In the next couple of weeks, Pomegranate and Sage will start offering kitchen food such as mezze boards, sharing platters and hot pot bowls.

And Mr Shaw, who lives at the Holker Estate, Cark-in-Cartmel, plans on expanding the business even further, with ambitions to offer a corporate food delivery service and 'Little Pomegranate' - providing bespoke food boxes for children's birthdays.

And although the eatery only opened last Thursday, Mr Shaw said that the reaction from the town had been fantastic.

"We have had great feedback," Mr Shaw said. "Very positive. A lot of people like the interior. They've said it's a city vibe which is what I wanted. I've had some brilliant feedback on the food, everything is made daily and fresh.

"I am delighted with how it's going. I am delighted with the feedback we have had. It's been really positive, with people saying it's a great addition to the town."

Pomegranate and Sage is open from 9am-5.30pm, Monday to Saturday.