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
A free family day of fiery fun! After the success of the first Festival of Smoke in 2014, we decided it needed to be an annual event. On 22nd March we opened the doors of The Wild Boar Inn Grill & Smokehouse and it was even bigger and better this year!
Food Smoking demonstrations
Smoky Jo and Georgina who run our The Wild Boar Smoking Courses, guided us through the various stages of smoking food and the science behind it. Samples from our on site smokehouse took centre stage including wild boar sausage, salmon, steaks, cheese and a few surprises!
The Wild Boar Brewhouse
Our master brewer Tim, from Fell Brewery, inspired us in the art of making real ale. Beer bats of our home brewed ales were available to whet the appetite including Mad Pig, Smoked Porter and Hog’s 54!
Smoked Themed Menu from the Grill
Our evening Smoked taster menu was a very special and sumptious feast with even a smoked twist on a traditional Sunday Roast.
Fun in The Wild Boar Woods
If you went out in the woods today … you would have discovered Woodmatters bush craft who provided fun taster sessions on skills needed to survive in the outdoors and the Clay pigeon shooting drew quite a crowd. There were also demonstrations in Swedish candle making and Charcoal making. The younger members of the family loved taking part in the cuddly Wild Boar hunt!
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
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
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
Encaustic 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
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
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