A PAIR of Cumbrian businessmen have described an uptick in business after being featured on television.

The Hairy Bikers visited The Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery on their show - The Hairy Bikers Go North.

Stu Taylor and James Law, who co-own the brewery and tap house, welcomed the Bikers, who were looking for the perfect beer to pair with their homemade steak, mushroom and ale pie.

Mr Taylor said: "We opened to the public that day and we had people turning up at 3pm on Monday afternoon in their glad rags - as if it were a Saturday night.

"It was a really good day and a great experience."

Since the show aired, the pair have noticed a change in their business.

The beers featured on their show have been flying out, as have their tasting paddles.

Mr Taylor said: "I didn't realise they had such a big following.

"We've had people coming in saying they've come to try the place and the beers the Hairy Bikers tried.

"Just a few days ago we had a couple from Newcastle who said they saw it on TV and had to try it.

"Even local people have been coming in and telling us that they didn't know it existed - we've been here for nine years."

And it is not just the physical business which has enjoyed increased returns.

Mr Taylor continued: "We never wanted to push the online side, especially since once you push bottling beers you have to keep up that production.

"So mail order has never been a big thing for us but it's increased five-fold since the show."

The show has been good for the town generally.

"The Royal Barn has been busy, and Ruskin's has been selling out every week since the show aired," he added.

The Hairy Bikers ordered a tasting paddle - ten half-pints of some of their most popular ales.

At first sight of the paddle, Dave Myers said: “I’ve died and gone to heaven.”

Si King added: “Look at that – that is a thing of wonderful, wonderfulness.”

The Hairy Bikers’ final words before leaving the Barn to cook their pie were: “It’s like a temple for beer.”

The Brewery's response? "We’ll certainly take that."