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Lancaster House: A deep-rooted love of Autumnal Fayre

Lancaster House general manager and Food & Wine lover Tim Bell, tells us why this Autumn should taste extra special this year.

Horticulturaly speaking, it’s been a pretty good year so far. The spring was mild and relatively frost-free, the summer heralded some great periods of warm, unbroken sunshine, and here now, as the leaves slowly turn into their annual shade of gold, we’ve enjoyed a sublime autumn. The net result of this continual run of fine weather is an autumnal harvest of un-paralleled quality for the Great British Crop.

So, what should we be looking out for on our home-grown Supermarket shelves this month, and what are some of the best dishes to celebrate the depth of flavours in this year’s offerings? Continue reading

Malt of the Month – Highland Park 12 year old

George, our Master of Malt, takes us to the very tip of Scotland for our October Malt of the Month.

Highland Park distillery located in Orkney is the Northernmost Distillery in Scotland, situated as it is just South of the Arctic Circle.

Highland Park Distillery Pagoda

Highland Park Distillery Pagoda (Photo credit: Wikipedia

Highland Park is one of only a few distilleries that still use the expensive and physically demanding task of turning its own barley by hand during the drying process. About 20% of the barley used in Highland Park is actually produced on Orkney; the remainder is supplied from a Malting Company in the Scottish Borders.

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Dragons on Windermere at Low Wood Bay

On Sunday, 14th September Low Wood Bay will be hosting the inaugural Dragon Boat charity regatta – Dragon Bay 2014, so we spoke to Lynn Shamal, part of the Paddlers for Life, Low Wood Bay’s resident Dragon Boat team to find out more Dragon Boat Racing and what it has meant to her over the years….

The Windermere Charity Dragon Boat Regatta

This is an event that is open to all and it’s not too late to get together a team of 16 – 18 paddlers and your all-important drummer. English Lakes will supply your boat. Registration is easy and it is a great fun way to raise money for your chosen charity as well as promoting Paddlers for Life and the work they do with breast cancer survivors.  Continue reading

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Malt of the Month – Glenfiddich 15 Year Old

For our September Malt of the Month at The Wild Boar, George Hutton is taking us on a tour of Speyside for a Whisky that he has have come to love. Continue reading

Picnic Wine – choose the Perfect Picnic Pairing

Lindsay Price, continues our series on seasonal wines. Here she shares a few of her al fresco recommendations. So, shake out the tartan rug, blow the dust off the picnic basket and start planning your outdoor feast in the Lake District

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A picnic in the Lake District

Don’t tell anyone … it looks like we are going to have a warm September!! So quick before the sun gets shy, get out into the great outdoors with a delicious picnic, paired with the perfect bottle of wine to accompany it. The main questions you will need to ask to find the perfect pairing is firstly, can you keep the wine cool, and secondly, what are you having to eat? Continue reading

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A summer walk on a Lakeland Legend: Helvellyn

When Tim Bell, General Manager at Lancaster House isn’t exploring local Lancashire walks and attractions on his doorstep, he also enjoys hoping across the boarder to Cumbria. Making the most of the fine weather, Tim heads up one of our most famous mountains…

With the heralding of summer, and the (theoretical) elimination of the risks of ice and snow in the Lakeland fells, for me this change of environmental conditions opens up the ability to tackle walks that one wouldn’t even contemplate undertaking in wintry conditions.
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English Lakes and Nurture Lakeland caring for Cumbria

Freddie Tedstone

Freddie Tedstone

The environment is an essential part of life in the Lake District and like most popular areas; it needs constant care to maintain the beautiful surroundings. Freddie Tedstone, a student from the Wirral, has been challenged with the question ‘Who should care for the environment?’

The Lake District is renowned for its breath-taking scenery, including the traditional towns and villages that are centres of regional culture and history. The lakes can provide stunning reflections on a still day yet are used for sailing when there’s a breeze. There were more than 1.2 million boat cruise passengers in 2012 which shows how well-used these wonderful resources are. Along the mountains of the Lake District National Park are many of the UK’s best walking routes and are used all year round come rain or shine. If these valuable natural sights are used by so many, who should look after them?

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