Local MP Rory Stewart stopped off to join a special group for tea at Bessietown’s Country Guest House in Catlowdy, as he sought to celebrate and promote tourism along the England-Scotland border. The Young wives club has now been running for more than fifty years. Rory was able to join the group for their monthly meeting and learn about their families and life in Cumbria. The visit was part of a broader program of promoting tourism on the Border. The Border receives fewer visitors than the Lakes or Hadrian’s Wall but is an undiscovered gem. Rory’s recent TV programs have focused on the astonishing scenery and history of the border regions. He wishes to encourage people to walk on the border, explore it’s reiver history, visit its castles and Roman ruins, and the unique art including the Bewcastle cross.

Rory was welcomed to the tearooms by Guest House owner, Margaret Sisson, who has been running Bessietown for over 40 years. The MP was given a chance to taste their extraordinary Edwardian tea: a multi-course meal served on the finest china.

Rory Stewart said:

“The border country has some of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain. The array of fantastic local guest houses, pubs and small, rural businesses make this area a real pleasure to visit. It was a delight to stop in for the vintage tea experience at Bessietown’s Country Guest House. Margaret and her team are doing an incredible job to run such a successful rural business, and their cakes and sandwiches were truly delicious. We need to encourage more people to visit this part of the world and celebrate the area’s rich history and culture.”

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