The Lake District – Chinese Destination of Choice

Colin Fox, Marketing manager here at English Lakes will fly out to Hong Kong and also visit Guangzhou at the end of this month to join a group of UK tourism professionals promoting their businesses at Destination Britain China.

Colin Fox

Colin Fox

This is my third promotional visit to the country having been on previous trips to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong in 2011 on a VisitBritain mission and an independent trip to Shanghai back in 2003, prior to the UK having Approved Destination Status. Whilst planning for the upcoming visit I have met some really interesting people who are also linked to China and tourism in one capacity or another and I thought it would be great to share some of our collective thoughts and experience. In this first blog I spoke to Bob Cartwright.

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Such a Perfect Day – Weddings at The Wild Boar!

Emma Sanders, Wedding Co-ordinator at The Wild Boar tells us why she loves what she does and why creating a bride and grooms perfect day will never be boring!

The Enquiry

Emma Sanders, Wedding Co-Ordinator

Emma Sanders, Wedding Co-Ordinator

I love the fact that everything to do with weddings at The Wild Boar is woven around the individual needs of the bride and groom. We don’t have set ‘bronze’, ‘silver’ or ‘platinum’ packages, we just have what is perfectly individual each time.

When a bride and groom get in touch to make an initial enquiry, I send out our wedding brochure but what is more important to me is that first appointment when I get to meet the couple for the first time and show them around the inn, with all its charm, family warmth and wealth of unique features that can be tailored to create what will be the most important day of the couple’s lives.

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Fulfilling Dreams

I grew up around the Inn. My Dad, Marc Sanders, has been Head Chef at The Wild Boar for over twenty years, so I know that fulfilling a couple’s wedding dreams is what we do here. After I’ve met the bride and groom and they’ve decided to trust us with handling the event of their lives, we get down to the details.

Emma and Mark working together

Emma and Marc working together

I’ve found that couples are usually reassured by the fact that the team here at The Wild Boar take weddings in their stride – whatever requests are made.

One wedding featured Betty the Bulldog complete in wedding outfit! It was her responsibility to make sure the wedding rings arrived down the aisle safely.

Last year a bride and groom having a marquee wedding in the Wild Boar woods requested a bus stop at the top of the woods where their guests were to wait to be driven to the venue. The team at the Wild Boar do everything we can to make these kind of dreams come true.

We Make Much Ado About Food …

Wedding cake made of cheese

Wedding cake made of cheese

Early in the planning process we invite the bride and groom for a chat with Chef. This is where years of experience with wedding menus has given him an instinct for what works and what doesn’t. He crafts the wedding menu around what the bride and groom want – and if it’s not something normally on the menu he is happy to make it or to work on a wedding theme.

One bride and groom were very particular about having a very spicy sauce for their steaks. Chef sourced some scotch bonnet chillies, grown only in the Caribbean and with them we created their very own sauce and called it the 3XXL! Cheese wedding cakes are becoming more popular and we love to dress them and make them just as beautiful as a traditional cake.

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The Big Day arrives

WBH&WHH43-XLIt wouldn’t be a wedding unless everybody involved had some kind of pre-wedding anticipation. Obviously the bride and groom and those in the wedding party are going to have the usual nerves associated with such an important day. However, The Wild Boar ‘family’ are also on heightened alert – weddings are never run-of-the-mill days! From the Housekeeping team to the Restaurant team there is an excited buzz around the inn and we all feel very much a part of this special day.

WBH&WHH17-XLBehind the scenes there is always the tension of making sure that everything on the surface runs perfectly smoothly – taking the strain is all part and parcel for the team. This might mean that Chef is nagging me to get the guests seated before the cooked-to-perfection steaks become cremated or threatening to send out the food before the Father-of-the-Bride has completed his hour and a half speech!! Of course, he never does – he cares too much about creating the perfect day!

So, the hard work, planning, long shift, Chef’s mini tantrums are over and the wedding has been a huge success. The Bride and Groom and all the guests have had a wonderful day – the food and drinks, home-brewed beer, family atmosphere! They’ll never know that more than once I’ve threatened to send Dad home! After a recent Wild Boar wedding, I asked him what type of wedding he’d like me to have? I was told in no uncertain terms that he will be happy to arrange my elopement to the Caribbean! Perhaps I’ll keep him this side of the kitchen when that day arrives!!

Couple in The Wild Boar's private woodland

Couple in The Wild Boar’s private woodland

Next Wedding Fayre

Meet the team at our next Wedding Fayre on Sunday 2nd November from 12pm – 4pm. This a great opportunity to see The Wild Boar and speak to our local hand picked suppliers.

 

  • Written by: Emma Sanders, Wedding Co-ordinator at The Wild Boar

Bring Me Sunshine in a Painting!

Morecambe is renowned for many things including two icons, The Midland hotel and the beloved Eric Morecambe, synonymous with the song that crosses the generation gap – ‘Bring Me Sunshine’.

Artist, Neil Eckersley, successfully combines both of these in his painting of that name. When Simon Berry, Chairman and Managing Director of English Lakes saw Neil’s painting, he was quick to purchase the original which now takes pride of place on his office wall.

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Meet the English Lakes Foolers

Many of you keen eyed followers will have spotted our story yesterday (1st April 2014) about “Floatation Over Of Lakes Scheme” affectionately known as “FOOLS”. This story was of course an April Fools Joke. Top fool Ben Berry explains more… 

Ben and Tim's latest April Fool Joke

Ben and Tim’s latest April Fool Joke

 

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World Toilet Day – helping to flush away poverty!

It seems appropriate that on World Toilet Day, Howard from our Maintenance Department is hanging photographs of 16 toilets from around the globe in our ladies and gents toilets within the English Lakes family of hotels.

Tim, Dan and Howard hanging the new toilet twinning certificates at Low Wood Bay

Tim, Dan and Howard hanging the new toilet twinning certificates at Low Wood Bay

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The Annual English Lakes Swimming Gala

Serious Swimming in the Low Wood Club Pool

Serious Swimming in the Low Wood Club Pool

It was the final race, Low Wood Bay WaterBeasts team versus the English Lakes Support Office team. After three of the six swimmers in the relay had gone it was virtually neck and neck and I gently entered the water ready to do my part in the final length and hopefully bring home the Eldoret Shield for the Support Office.

Toddler Ben

Toddler Ben

When growing up I used to be very jealous of all the staff, my dad(now Managing Director), uncle(Estates Director) and Douglas Dale(Operations Director) taking part in the English Lakes swimming gala. I used to spend a lot of my time at the Low Wood Club pool as we lived in the manager’s bungalow on site. But I was never allowed to race. I was a toddler mind… Continue reading

My African Adventure

The Open Arms Village

The Open Arms Village

Following on from our recent update from Elliot, Maria Walker, our reservations manager has some exciting news…

It suddenly dawned on me this morning that in a few short days  I am setting out on an adventure that I expect will probably change my life! And I am very excited.

On the 23rd June I am flying out to Eldoret – Kenya to visit The Open Arms Village for just under 2 weeks. Continue reading