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
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.
Introducing George Hutton, Receptionist at The Wild Boar and our new Master of Malt…
I have been part of The Wild Boar family for almost 9 Years now. Having a real interest in whisky, it now falls my responsibility, and a task that I relish, to write a monthly whisky blog for our guests, our Whisky Club members and all those out there who have an interest in, or taste for, the amber liquid. So, with my new title Master of Malt, affectionately bestowed upon me, lets begin…
In 2010 The Wild Boar was treated to an extensive refurbishment. At that time we introduced the relatively new concept for the Lake District – a Whisky Bar. Our Wild Boar Whisky Club developed very naturally as a result. Continue reading
On Thursday 27th February The Wild Boar welcomed whisky and rugby enthusiasts to our 6 Nations Charity Dinner.
The event was held in association with the UK’s rugby charity, Wooden Spoon, who celebrated their 30th Anniversary last year and was hosted by John Cunningham – Wooden Spoon Cumbria Chairman, and Anthony Sutcliffe – The Wild Boar Operations Manager and Wooden Spoon Committee Member.
Anthony Sutcliffe, Ian Robertson and John Cunningham
The following guest post has been written by Gavin and Penny. Both are hoteliers and Whisky experts, Penny being the Director of Speyside Whisky Festival…
It was a damp Tuesday in November a couple of years ago and we stumbled into the bar of the Wild Boar Inn at Crook.
It was warm, had a welcoming log fire, a good range of real Ales and an impressive collection of Malt Whisky. On that basis alone it was considered the place to stay that night!
We settled in and made our way back to the bar only to discover that Tuesday night was Malt Whisky night!
This was going to be interesting, on so many fronts! Continue reading
Laura Ticehurst, Receptionist at The Wild Boar found herself donning wellies and taking to the Inn’s new and freshly dug vegetable patch earlier this year. A novice gardener, Laura shares her successes, failures and one or two tips for getting rid of those pesky slugs …
At the beginning of spring 2013 I knew nothing about gardening and had no particular desire to know anything about it either……..that was until it was suggested that as a Green Champion it would be great if I could become involved and “help out” with the vegetable patch at The Wild Boar. Little did I know that the word “help” would be interpreted as “be solely responsible for”. So being thrown head first into the world of home grown vegetables has made for an interesting year with many successes and one or two failures. I’ve learnt what to do and what not to do and have also created and refined my own gardening tips!
At the start of spring I eagerly planted peas, carrots, beetroot, different varieties of lettuce and rocket, courgettes, French beans, shallots, red onions, spring onions and radishes as well as sweet potatoes and marrows. The radishes were first to grow and after I had completed the back breaking work of thinning them out once they had grown into seedlings; they soon grew to be big juicy tasty accompaniments to the salads chef put on the specials menu. This success though was met by a failure with the beetroot crop. After I had thinned the beetroot out they didn’t take too kindly to the extremely hot weather we had over the summer and therefore didn’t grow much bigger than the size of a marble. The rocket was growing by the bucketful and we had so much that chef dreaded my daily visits to the kitchen with the days harvest so the staff ended up taking some of it home too!
Slug (Photo credit: Marj Joly)
My biggest battle this year though has been with the gardeners arch nemesis; The Common Garden Slug! Not wanting to use the toxic slug pellets in the garden for fear a poor dog might eat one I was left with nothing but the more alternative methods of deterring these pesky creatures. I used tubs of beer in the hope the slugs would be happily distracted as well as wool on the soil which they are supposed to dislike crawling across. My dear mother also shared one of her old wives tips with me, which was to put slices of cucumber on a tray of aluminium foil and dot these about the vegetable patch. Surprisingly I think it worked as they weren’t too much trouble after this. Although it may also have been the combined effort of all my strange slug repelling methods including mixing used coffee granules in amongst the soil and strips of copper along the bottom of plants which is supposed to give off an electrical charge when the slugs crawl across it!
My biggest success of the year; of which I am quite proud has to be my Marrows. I have tenderly cared for them through out the year, feeding them according to a strict timescale, watering them at a particular time of day, on certain days of the week and gently placing straw under the growing marrows to stop them rotting upon contact with the soil. (This is no easy feat, the leaves and stalks of marrows are covered in thick sharp thistles which cut and scratch you) My dedication was rewarded with a plentiful bounty of the biggest marrows I have ever seen. For several weeks I would have a generous harvest of marrows to provide the kitchen with and chef created several delightful dishes from them which featured on our daily specials.
Overall I would say this years crop has been a success and we hope to be a bit more adventurous with what we grow next year as well as planting vegetables that are ready at different times of year so that the kitchen are not overwhelmed with vegetables. I’m also determined to continue my marrow success and grow one bigger and better than this year’s 90 lb marrow winner at the Hawkshead Show. Green Fingers Crossed!
As the seasons change so too does the seasonal beer on tap at The Wild Boar Brewhouse. Mad Pig Ale, our 4.0% ABV house ale, will be ever present but Hogshead 54, a 5.5% imperial pale ale, will go into hibernation for the winter. With longer nights and colder days something altogether more hardy and warming will be needed to step in and take its place for a season.
English Lakes is proud of it’s pets welcome policy and guests have been bringing their pets to our hotels in the Lake District and Lancashire for many years. Today we have received a special guest blog from a four legged friend, Max who recently visited The Wild Boar…
Me! Max the Dog
I was so excited to be going on my first holiday, as only being six months old I had only ever slept in my bed at home, so to be going away and sleeping somewhere else, what an adventure!
We arrived at The Wild Boar in the lovely sunshine (my favourite type of weather as I find that the rain spoils my beautiful curly ears) and at Reception all the staff made a fuss of me and said how cute I was, which of course is the truth but I never get tired of hearing it! We were shown to our room by Adam, and it was a doggy dream! There was plenty of room for my bed on the floor, and even French windows leading straight outside so I could be let out quickly when there was a call of nature and didn’t have to cross my paws at all! And I know mummy and daddy were delighted with their huge comfy sleigh bed, but I wasn’t allowed on there! Continue reading