It’s the end of an era at one of Morecambe’s top restaurants.
The Blue Mountain is under new management after longtime owners Allan and Krissy Kent moved on to pastures new.
Allan and Krissy have retired from the restaurant trade after 23 years in charge at the popular Marine Road East premises.
During that time they built up the restaurant’s reputation for excellent food in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
This was in no small part due to the double act of Allan front of house and Krissy in the kitchen.
While Allan kept customers in a good mood with his friendly chat and service, Krissy made sure the exquisite dishes were of high quality.
As Allan says: “In this trade, you’re only as good as your last meal.”
It’s a hard act to follow for new managers Colin Scott and Amanda Birkett, and wisely they don’t intend to change a successful formula.
Colin, from Carnforth, previously ran the Greyhound at Halton for five years.
He decided to take the lease on the Blue Mountain one day when he saw the ‘for sale’ sign while out walking his dog on Morecambe seafront.
“I’ve always spent a lot of time in Morecambe, from being a kid,” he said.
“We’re not going to make major changes at first. We may introduce changes gradually to the menu, bringing in some of my own favourite dishes. But the menus generally will remain the same.”
Colin and Amanda will also retain the Blue Mountain’s team of table-waiting staff. The main alterations for now will be to opening hours, as they intend to open during the morning for coffee and for afternoon teas.
Meanwhile, Allan and Krissy, who prior to taking over the Blue Mountain in 1992 ran the former Leonardos/Trap Door restaurant on Skipton Street (now Saffron), intend to enjoy the extra free time they will now have at their disposal.
They are planning a trip to Australia next Christmas to see family, and will spend more time with their six grandchildren. But Allan, who is originally from Borehamwood near London, says he doesn’t want to retire completely.
“I’m not looking to pack up work, I’ll need to get a part-time job to keep busy,” he said.
“We don’t intend to move away. We like it in Morecambe and we have family here. We’ve met so many nice people and we’ve had some really good nights here. We want to thank all of our customers over the years.”
Colin and Amanda will officially take over the Blue Mountain from today (September 1).
The restaurant will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday for a handover and then will reopen this Friday.