A PROPOSAL has been submitted to open a new town centre wine bar that aims to 'revitalise the heart of Kendal'.

Located at 55 Finkle Street, on the corner of Kent Street a new family-owned wine bar, 5 O’Clock Somewhere, is due to open in Spring 2023. 

Ronnie Mullin of The Factory Tap has submitted plans to renovate the former retail unit in partnership with his son, Al, and his daughter, Alice.

"Our aim is to provide customers with a quality, laid-back and locally sourced experience," said co-owner Ronnie Mullin.

"We want to give Kendalians the chance to try delicious, interesting and unique wines from all over the world - surrounded by friends and family in comfy chairs. 

"We can recommend suitable bottles based on our customers' preferences, and we'll run regular tastings so they can broaden their horizons and discover new favourites."

Alongside a wine list sourced from Kendal's own Stainton Wines, the bar will stock beer from Fell Brewery and other beverages from Lakeland Drinks.

There will also be a food menu, featuring nibbles and platter-style sharing plates, including charcuterie, cheese and veg boards.

"We're a wine-loving family," said son and co-owner, Al Mullin. 

"Dad's always at Frank's [Stainton Wines], picking up something we can enjoy together at the next opportunity. 

READ MORE: 'The biggest beast on the block is about to wake up' - Town on the up despite two shop closure

"It's been our dream to open a wine bar together for a long time, so it's exciting now that we're getting close. 

"Kendal has an amazing, tight-knit community and we want to give them something a bit different to what's currently available, and share our passion with them."

The third member of the ownership team is daughter, Alice Mullin, who's spent the past year managing a wine bar in York, studying to become a sommelier, and touring the vineyards of France.

5 O’Clock Somewhere is an upcoming wine bar in Kendal’s town centre, promising quality drinks, quality food, and a quality experience. 

The proposed new bar's capacity will be around 80 people, with space for 68 inside and 12 outside.

Geraldine Ward, one of the partners behind the ambitious Spinning Jennies project that encompasses the building said:

"We have removed the asbestos out of Number 55 and begun the internal steelworks and renovations. 

"The revival of the glass tower end of the building is already big and great news for this prime corner of the town centre."