Gin of the Month – The Lakes Gin

Following on from Anthony’s introduction to Waterhead’s premium range of Gins, his choice for December’s Gin of the Month is, The Lakes Gin, the only gin to be distilled in Cumbria and launched in November 2014.

The Distillery

avatarSituated in a beautiful area next to Bassenthwaite Lake and surround by the idyllic Cumbrian fells, the distillery sources its water from the famous River Derwent which runs at the foot of the distillery’s site, The Lakes Distillery has ideal water, full of vital constituents needed for distilling and producing a refreshing and flavoursome gin. This is then paired with local juniper berries and other classic botanicals native to the Lake District including bilberry, heather and meadowsweet making The Lakes Gin a truly Cumbria product. This really is an artisan gin which is described as being ‘big’ and having a taste of clear fresh citrus, fruity and floral, as well as being slightly complex, intriguing and delicious all at the same time. Continue reading

Winter views from Waterhead Hotel

Top Five Car-Free Days Out from Ambleside

We are delighted to introduce you to Dr and Mrs Eagle, regular guests to Waterhead. They share with us their top 5 car-free days out from the hotel in Ambleside, which adds to a relaxing stay in the Lake District. 

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Waterhead Hotel

Having tried lots of places over the years Waterhead remains our favourite. It’s a luxurious break without the guess work of whether the bed will be comfy or the quality of food and wine or if the staff are friendly.  I’m quite fussy and like a quiet room, thick curtains and a powerful shower. Add to this a stunning view, fluffy towels and bathrobes, a library of DVDs, gingerbread and freshly roasted coffee! All of this adds up to a really relaxing break and that is why we keep coming back.

We love just parking the car when we arrive and then ignoring it for the duration of our stay. Here are out top five picks for car-free outings from Waterhead:

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Gin of the Month – No. 3 London Dry Gin

Following on from Anthony’s introduction to Waterhead’s premium range of Gins, his choice for November’s Gin of the Month is, No. 3 London Dry Gin.

With juniper at its heart, No. 3 captures and brings out the character of a traditional London Dry Gin. It is also considered the perfect gin for a Dry Martini cocktail. The name hails from No. 3 St. James Street, London, the home of Berry Bros & Rudd since 1968, creators of London Dry Gin and London’s oldest wine and spirits merchant. The ‘Parlour’ remains almost intact to this day – a room where for 220 years the Berry partners came together to eat and discuss business. Many great drinks originated around the Parlour’s dining table. The key on the bottle was inspired by the key to the Parlour door. Continue reading

Inspiring Art – Christine Baines at Waterhead

Continuing Waterhead’s links with the art world within our local community, our latest painting featured at Waterhead Reception is a magnificent winter scene by Christine Baines of Ambleside and District Art Society.

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Gin O’Clock at Waterhead

Over the last few years Gin has had a bit of a revival, with it’s distinctive taste of juniper berries it is a tipple that has gained quite a following leading to an explosion of micro distilleries each with its own secret recipie. At Waterhead we have a passion for serving a quality gin and tonic and have a range of premium and boutique gins to give guests maximum choice. 

All of our signature G&T’s are served in a large balloon glass, filled with ice, topped with Fevertree tonic and served with a variety of garnishes from fresh fruit, herbs or pink peppercorns to olives, all of which complement the selected gin. 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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Inspiring Art – Waterhead hosts Photography Students from Lakes School

Continuing Waterhead’s links with the art world within our local community, it was great to welcome five students from Lakes School who are studying A Level photography giving them an opportunity to experience photography within a commercial setting. 

After a briefing from Lindsay Price, Deputy Manager at Waterhead, the students looked around and chose subject matter that fitted within defined categories such as Landscape, Movement, Surface Pattern, Architectural Features, Collections, Old & New.

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