Damson Day – Heralding the arrival of spring!

This weekend (Saturday 12th April 2014) the Lake District will be celebrating everything Damson at the Damson Day Country Fair, Low Farm in the Lyth Valley.

A celebration to herald the arrival of spring in Westmorland and the damson blossom

A celebration to herald the arrival of spring in Westmorland and the damson blossom

To celebrate Damson Day on 12th April 2014, The Wild Boar are offering a complimentary serving of our immensely popular smoked damson sauce with your steak (Just mention Damson Day). Chef has also included a mouth watering Apple and Damson Crumble on the menu, so come and celebrate Damson Day and herald in a Westmorland Spring.

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Passionate About … Charity Running!

English Lakes employs passionate people! Passionate about going the extra mile for our guests. This usually comes from a good work-life balance which allows time for other interests and hobbies. This time we visit The Midland, Morecambe…

Sarah Mason, Senior Chef de Partie, has prepared sumptuous pastries for our guests at The Midland since 2010 and has seen Afternoon Tea at The Midland soaring in popularity. When not in the kitchen at The Midland, Sarah competes in runs and extreme walking challenges. She has trained for numerous events such as local 10K runs, obstacle courses and The Great North run, which she has completed four times. Now, however, she has set herself an even greater challenge.

Afternoon Tea at The Midland

Afternoon Tea at The Midland

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Holiday Book Review: Dances with the Daffodils

465131195-X2Amidst the plethora of writings about William Wordsworth’s life, both historical and fictional, this book, I believe, would please the great man himself – perhaps most of all in belated gratitude for the sister who offered up much of her life in loyal service and sacrifice. Even Dorothy’s celebrated journal was written with the declared motivation, ’to give William pleasure’.

Dances with the Daffodils, by Matthew Connolly, is a beautiful fictional recreation of Dorothy’s life, her inspirational love of nature and her complicated emotions surrounding the fierce loyalty felt towards her brother. Connolly introduces Dorothy to a fictive suitor and a strange fusion of lives – aspirations, yearnings, frustration and innocence – occurs at the moment their lives touch on that memorable day on the shores of Ullswater, in the reflection of the immortalised ‘host of daffodils’. Continue reading