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10 Romantic Reasons to Consider a Winter Wedding

Traditionally the weather-obsessed Brits have chosen Summer as the time for tying the knot. However, there is a growing trend for a cosy intimate winter weddings. There’s a number of good reasons for this, here are our top ten. Continue reading

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8 Creative Wedding Favour Ideas

Wedding favours give the bride and groom the opportunity to thank their friends and family for sharing in their big day. This gesture is steeped in centuries-old tradition originating in Europe in the 1300s. French aristocracy would give their wedding guests ‘bonbonniers’ – sugared treats in a small trinket box made of crystal or precious stones. At that time sugar was a luxurious delicacy, difficult to source and therefore very expensive. As time went on bonbonniers were succeeded by five sugar coated almonds representing fertility, wealth, longevity, health and happiness. As sugar became more accessible wedding favours spread to all levels of society. Nowadays there is no limit to the scope of creativity that brides and grooms bring to the table to say ‘thank you’ to their guests. Here are a few of the Low Wood Bay wedding team’s favourites. Continue reading

January Gin of the Month – Williams Chase Elegant Gin

As the collection of premium gin continues to grow at the Waterhead, Anthony’s choice for January’s Gin of the Month is Williams Chase Elegant Gin. This gin takes us to Herefordshire and to the distillery owned by Williams Chase.

Chase Distillery

It is at this rural distillery that they make some of the most complex and elegant gin in the world and they are extremely proud to be British. They grow their own raw materials and they distil and hand bottle all of their products from the family owned single estate farm in Herefordshire. It is both the innovative methods and hard work at the distillery that has created a truly special gin collection. They have already been collecting accolades with their Chase Vodka which was awarded the world’s best tasting vodka at the prestigious San Francisco Spirits Competition. Continue reading

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Waterhead’s Signature Gin Cocktail – the ‘Chemmy’

We continue to offer a premium range of gin at Waterhead but in addition we now have our own signature Gin Cocktail for our guests to sit back, relax and enjoy…

Working closely with the recently opened Lakes Distillery and their Business Development Manager, Katie Read along with other members of the distillery’s team we have created a gin cocktail to relish. The distillery is a renovated 1850’s Victorian Model Farm and is located next to Bassenthwaite Lake in the Lake District National park. Continue reading

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Malt of the Month – Ben Nevis 10 year old

Not surprisingly, as Burns Night approaches, George our Wild Boar Master of Malt chooses his Malt of the Month from Scotland. 

George Hutton, Master of Malt

George Hutton, Master of Malt

The former garrison town of Inverlochy, now called Fort William, is where we are headed for January’s Malt of the Month.

Fort William once boasted no fewer than three distilleries: Ben Nevis, Nevis and Glenlochy. Demolition removed all traces of the Nevis Distillery, the sister to Ben Nevis, and a housing estate now occupies the site. The owners of the second distillery, Glenlochy, converted many of the buildings to a hotel and offices. Although presently used for different purposes, the malt barn, filling store, warehouses, and pagoda roof, remain standing on the site of Glenlochy, primarily because they are listed buildings. Ben Nevis is now the only surviving distillery in Fort William and one of the two still remaining on Scotland’s west coast. Continue reading

5 Top Tips for Preparing a Stress Free Christmas Dinner

Stefan Milanec, head chef at Low Wood Bay

Stefan Milanec, head chef at Low Wood Bay

The team at Low Wood Bay will welcome over 150 guests and entertain them with tasty Christmas dishes. Head Chef Stefan Milanec and his staff have all bases covered for festive food provision, and he has some top tips to share when it comes to catering more easily for larger groups. Continue reading

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3 Tasty Turkey Alternatives for Christmas Dinner

Lancaster House General Manager Tim Bell, convinces us to try something different for Christmas Day this year.

Having been in the hotel and restaurant game for 25 years, you’ll forgive me for exhaling a deep sigh when the topic of Turkey comes into festive conversation. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got nothing against the traditionally seasonal poultry. The sight of a magnificently oversized, perfectly cooked bird adorning the dinner table every December 25th is what we Brits do! Continue reading