The Yan opens in The Lake District

The Yan opens in The Lake District

The Yan at Broadrayne, a contemporary bistro with beds, will be opening this summer in the heart of The Lake District.

A stone’s throw from the idyllic village of Grasmere, the 17th Century former farm will have seven plush en-suite bedrooms, a rustic bistro and open-plan lounge area.

Family-run, The Yan will epitomise Cumbrian hospitality, offering guests a wholesome welcome, hearty food and stylish interiors, placing the new bistro with beds as the perfect base for those who want to explore The Lakes.

Nestled amongst the Central Fells, and named after the Cumbrian word for the number ‘one’, the centre-piece to The Yan will be an open-plan bistro and lounge area.

The area will combine elements of old and new to create a contrasting yet welcoming environment – a theme that will run throughout the interior design. Floor to ceiling windows and skylights will fill the communal areas with natural light, allowing guests to look out onto the breathtaking natural landscape, while exposed steel girders and ceilings, wood clad panelling and slate features will create an industrial feel.

Each of the seven plush ensuite bedrooms will have their own individual characteristics, reflecting the unique surrounding landscape and the original quirks of the historic building. Varying in size, the en-suite bedrooms will range from cosy doubles to spacious suites that will sleep up to four, catering to the needs of individuals, couples and groups. Two of the bedrooms will also be pet-friendly, allowing guests to bring their furry friends away with them to explore the area.

The bistro will be open to both overnight guests of The Yan and the public, serving seasonal, hearty dishes inspired by the farm’s rich history.

A casual yet classy eatery, the menu will use locally sourced and sustainable ingredients as the focal point, creating rustic Cumbrian classics and nostalgic British favourites. Each dish will incorporate contemporary twists, with sharing plates used to add to the social feel of the bistro, creating a wholesome menu and ambience.

The Yan will be the latest addition to the Broadrayne Farm site, which is already home to Grasmere Glamping and Broadrayne Farm Holiday Cottages.

Previously an independent hostel, the The Yan is seeing an investment of over half a million pounds from David and Sally Keighley, who bought Broadrayne Farm in 2012. Moving to the area from Yorkshire, the pair have worked to successfully grow the Broadrayne Farm business, upgrading and expanding the site’s offering, whilst improving guest service.

The Yan will be run by the couple’s daughter, Jess Manley and her husband Will, with Jess as Operations Director and Will as Executive Chef. Both Jess and Will have comprehensive international hospitality experience, with positions across Australia, Asia and Europe.

Most recently, the pair worked together in the French Alps, where they managed Auberge & Chalets Sur La Montagne- a privately-owned chalet company with 27 luxury chalets and a 22-bedroom boutique hotel.

Will was the Executive Chef for the company and Jess the Area Manager and they worked to successfully turn the company from a seasonal business to a year-round holiday destination due to their high standards of service and exceptional offerings.

Since moving to The Lakes, Will has worked as a sous chef at the well-known Homeground Café in Windermere and at Michelin-starred restaurant, Forest Side whilst Jess has been working hard on both the design and details of The Yan from stylish features to special guest comforts, along with the day to day running of the existing Glamping and Cottage businesses.