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Five Common Diet Misconceptions

There can be confusion about what foods are good for us and how our eating and drinking habits affect our health.

At English Lakes two leisure clubs, Low Wood Club in Windermere and Sandpiper Club in Lancaster our members get free personal gym training programmes, we always recommend that a fitness plan should be balanced with a healthy, nutritious diet. Registered Dietician, Sofia Antonsson, answers some common nutritional questions and points us towards a healthier lifestyle. Continue reading

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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

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Lancaster House: A deep-rooted love of Autumnal Fayre

Lancaster House general manager and Food & Wine lover Tim Bell, tells us why this Autumn should taste extra special this year.

Horticulturaly speaking, it’s been a pretty good year so far. The spring was mild and relatively frost-free, the summer heralded some great periods of warm, unbroken sunshine, and here now, as the leaves slowly turn into their annual shade of gold, we’ve enjoyed a sublime autumn. The net result of this continual run of fine weather is an autumnal harvest of un-paralleled quality for the Great British Crop.

So, what should we be looking out for on our home-grown Supermarket shelves this month, and what are some of the best dishes to celebrate the depth of flavours in this year’s offerings? Continue reading

Malt of the Month – Highland Park 12 year old

George, our Master of Malt, takes us to the very tip of Scotland for our October Malt of the Month.

Highland Park distillery located in Orkney is the Northernmost Distillery in Scotland, situated as it is just South of the Arctic Circle.

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Highland Park Distillery Pagoda (Photo credit: Wikipedia

Highland Park is one of only a few distilleries that still use the expensive and physically demanding task of turning its own barley by hand during the drying process. About 20% of the barley used in Highland Park is actually produced on Orkney; the remainder is supplied from a Malting Company in the Scottish Borders.

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English Lakes Bake Off: Our Onion Tart Recipe

It has been a while since we have featured one of our Chefs recipes here on the English Lakes blog. So, with Great British Bake Off being back on on our screens we thought we should share with you one of our favourite simple, but tasty bakes….

White onion tart with walnut, pecorino and endive salad

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Malt of the Month – Glenfiddich 15 Year Old

For our September Malt of the Month at The Wild Boar, George Hutton is taking us on a tour of Speyside for a Whisky that he has have come to love. 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