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Raf’s Winter Lake District Nature Frame

Whilst not at work in his role as Low Wood Bay Maintenance Engineer, Raf has been out and about capturing some stunning Lake District winter images. We think you will agree it was worth wrapping up warm and braving the temperatures to share some of his favourite views with us. Continue reading

Slum Dog Hotelier Launches New Charity

Elliot Berry is the youngest son of Simon Berry, English Lakes Chairman and Managing Director. In the run up to the fundraising dinner for a new charity he tells us a little about his work in Africa. 

The Lake District and Kambi Teso Slum 7,484 km apart, but both my home. I feel comfortable in any of the English Lakes hotels or in any of the shacks in the dark slum alleys. Whether suited and booted for a function or booted and fully deet sprayed (to repel flees) either of them is my life. Continue reading

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Start your Coast to Coast Cycle at The Midland

The Way of the Roses is one of the UK’s great coast to coast cycle routes. Best cycled from west to east to take advantage of the prevailing winds and favourable gradients, traditionally you start by dipping your back wheel in the Irish Sea at Morecambe and finish when your front wheel splashes in the North Sea at Bridlington. Continue reading

Supplier Spotlight: Rebekah’s Encaustic Art

Local artist Rebekah Claire Matthews will be showcasing some of her art, created using melted beeswax at The Festival of Smoke at The Wild Boar. Ahead of the festival we take the time to learn more about this ancient form of painting…

Encaustic Art, an ancient form of painting

art5Encaustic art is an ancient form of painting using coloured beeswax which is applied to card using an iron. The word “Encaustic” comes from the Greek word “enkaustikos”, which means “to burn in”.

Rebekah has spent the last few years developing and perfecting her skills and knowledge of Encaustic art afterfirst being introduced to the medium by local arts and crafts specialist Marilyn Hale.

Encaustic Art is an ancient form of painting which uses melted beeswax to which coloured pigments have been added.  This technique was notably used in the Fayum mummy portraits from Egypt around 100-300AD.  Rebekah is one of only a handful of artists in Cumbria to specialise in the art-form. Continue reading

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Blencathra – An Emotional Ownership

Lancaster House General Manager and keen fell walker, Tim Bell, tells us why this mountain is deserving of a special place in his heart.

Growing up in the North Cumbrian town of Penrith, the view directly west from my home was the distinctive and unique shape of “Saddleback”, or better known as “Blencathra”. It rises majestically and powerfully on its own from the gently undulating, low-lying moors which separate Keswick and the market town where I spent the first 18 years of my life. Continue reading

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10 Delicious Ways to Use Marmalade Any Time

In The Wild Boar kitchens, Chef makes our own marmalade as an extra special touch for our Bed and Breakfast guests. There’s nothing like the aroma of fresh orange on marmalade making days. So, since it is National Marmalade Week (28 Feb -7th Mar 2015), here are some ideas to inspire you breakfast, lunch and dinner! Continue reading

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Gin of the Month – Whitley Neill Gin

This month for Waterhead’s Gin of the Month, Anthony has selected Whitley Neill handcrafted dry gin, a gin inspired by the flavours of Africa.

Whitley Neill is an award winning, handcrafted gin that is distilled in small batches by Johnny Neill, a direct descendant of Thomas Greenall, founder of Greehall & Company. This gin brings together 8 generations of expertise and life-long love of adventure inspired by the beauty of Africa. The skilfully created gin is a result of carefully blending rare African botanicals and unusual aromatics, to produce an enigmatic experience to savour. Continue reading