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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Gluten Free Menu at The Midland, Morecambe

If you have a food intolerance or specific dietary requirements, it can make travelling a trial; especially if you are giving control of food preparation to someone you’ve never met. At worst, it can render you ill and unable to enjoy your holiday or cause you to miss an important business meeting or conference.

Here at English Lakes, the importance of getting it right for guests with specific dietary requirements has been championed by our Commercial Director, David Neale, who himself is Coeliac.

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Malt of the Month – The Glenrothes Select Reserve

This month, The Wild Boar’s Master of Malt, George Hutton, introduces us to the single malt that is bottled only when the Master Blender feels the flavour has reached its peak – the Glenrothes Select Reserve.  Continue reading

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Keeping it Cool with Cool Cow Ice Cream

Did you know July is officially the month of Ice Cream? President Ronald Reagan of the United States proclaimed that July was forever to be ‘Ice Cream Month‘. Here in the UK we don’t need an excuse, serving ice cream 12 months of the year, but in honour of the month we want to introduce you to our local supplier… Cool Cow.

When English Lakes Hotels are looking for a new supplier, our criteria is pretty strict to say the least. Certainly, price is way down the list of pre-requisites, as we always prioritise the far more important qualities of great food and drink such as flavour, variety, ethical methods of production, locality, environmental awareness and of course, true quality. Continue reading

Malt of the Month – Laphroaig 10 Year Old

This month The Wild Boar’s Master of Malt, George Hutton, is back  closer to home exploring an all-malt whisky from Scotland for his ‘Malt of the Month’ in July 2014. 

Laphroaig 10 Year Old is an all-malt Scotch Whisky from the remote island of Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland. Laphroaig, pronounced ‘La-froyg’, is a Gaelic word meaning “the beautiful hollow by the broad bay”. In making Laphroaig, malted barley is dried over a peat fire. The smoke from this peat, found only on Islay, gives Laphroaig its particularly rich flavour. Continue reading

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Waterhead – Raising the Bar on Burgers

English Lakes has a passion for food – whether it’s a traditional Afternoon Tea or a sumptuous three course feast, regional classics with a modern twist and championing the finest local ingredients … Here, Mark Needham, General Manager of Waterhead, shares his quest for a better burger. 

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Mark Needham, General Manager of Waterhead - on the quest for the best burger!

Mark Needham, General Manager of Waterhead – on the quest for the best burger!

The rise of the burger has been dramatic over the past few years with more and more restaurants featuring a quality burger as part of their offering. We have also seen many new eating establishments which specialise in just burgers and it’s these places that have really raised the bar on what we have come to expect in a quality burger. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate a good old cheeseburger from the golden arches and for me it’s still great value for money.

However, having worked in the industry for many years and having spent some time in the USA (the homeland of the burger, or so they claim) I have had the pleasure of eating many burgers from many different places. My most memorable burger experience was during a holiday in California; I was 14 years old and we were driving from California to Las Vegas. We stopped in the middle of the desert where there was a huge shopping mall and a fast food burger place called IN-N-OUT BURGER, the menu was so simple – Hamburgers with or without cheese, fries and milkshakes. That was it and it remains today one of the best burgers I have ever tasted. This was all down to the quality of the ingredients used, keeping it simple and the obvious care taken in producing it. Continue reading

Malt of the Month – Yamazaki 12 Year Old

The Wild Boar’s Master of Malt, George Hutton, goes further afield to share with us his ‘Malt of the Month’. Japan may not be the first country that springs to mind when thinking about whisky, but they are in fact well regarded in the whisky world.  Continue reading